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Warranty and Support
Our aim here wasn’t really to review this specific memory kit, but we feel it’s worth mentioning Crucial’s warranty and support. Like just about every memory vendor, Crucial offers a lifetime warranty, and when you’re shelling out several hundred dollars for a beefy SO-DIMM kit, you’re going to want that peace of mind. Even better, however, has been our experience with Crucial’s support.
After suffering through Vista’s sluggishness, you may have come to the conclusion that any modern system will always benefit from additional RAM. But that just isn’t the case, at least not on Windows 7. For almost every user, including those who spend a chunk of time editing photos in Photoshop, it doesn’t make sense to trade your 4GB memory kit in for a more expensive 8GB kit that runs several hundred dollars (in this case, $499 before a 30% off promo code, GIZMO).
Our benchmark run revealed no discernable difference whether we were equipped with 4GB or 8GB, so for most users, you’re better off saving your ducats and applying them elsewhere if looking to give your notebook a performance boost.
So who exactly will benefit from 8GB on a mobile setup? We’ve eliminated the mainstream user, and made a strong case against the power user, and that leaves the excess of RAM most suitable for users with specialized needs, such as CAD and other RAM intensive applications. In other words, true professionals need only apply.
Will the same hold true on a Core i7 testbed? We won’t bother speculating, and instead recommend you stay tuned. Should we get the chance, we’ll revisit the 4GB vs 8GB scenario on Intel’s latest silicon at a later date.