Support Staff2 Posted by John on 14 Sep, 2011 08:22 AM
Thanks for your message, and sorry for the delay in responding
to you. Adding more memory to your computer only improves
performance if your computer didn't have enough memory for your
applications in the first place.
Testing for insufficient memory is difficult and highly
dependent on each user's workflow. Some users only need 2GB of RAM
while other users need 16GB of RAM. Instead, Geekbench tests the
speed of the memory installed (i.e., how fast the RAM is at
providing the processor with data). If your new RAM is the same
kind as your old RAM (e.g., DDR2-800) your memory won't be any
faster (or slower!) and thus your score won't change.
Let me know if you have any other questions and I'd be happy to
I too was interested to see that computers with wildly differing
RAM setups (and no other discernible differences) scored so
closely. I use my computer mainly for Photoshop CS6, which as far
as I understand, uses as much RAM as you can throw at it. My
questions therefore are:
Does this mean that Geekbench is not a useful tool for my
Why doesn't Geekbench measure parameters that "value" extra
RAM, insofar as many contemporary applications (video conversion
& editing, Photoshop, etc) definitely do benefit from added
Many thanks for your help and apologies in advance if I am wrong
about any of this - I am no tech expert! :)
Support Staff4 Posted by John on 26 Jul, 2012 04:48 PM
Geekbench doesn't "value" extra RAM because extra RAM does not
always lead to extra performance (unlike faster processors, where a
faster processor will almost always lead to a faster system).
Applications like Photoshop only use as much RAM as they need; if
you're working on only a few small files, Photoshop will not
benefit from the extra RAM.
The best way to find out if your system needs more RAM is by
finding out whether your system is using all the RAM that's
installed on your system. If you only have a small amount of RAM
free (e.g., <100MB) then chances are your system will benefit
from having more RAM installed.