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Feb 27, 2024

Is Your PC Memory Sufficient for Future AI Integration?

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For your computer to operate at its best performance and streamline your work processes for all the critical data it consumes, it is crucial to have the appropriate amount of memory for your device. This ensures that your computer operates smoothly without being hindered by insufficient space.

With the rise of AI and its integration into our systems, there has been an increase in the demand for RAM (Random Access Memory). So, what is RAM? Essentially, it is a type of computer memory used to store data that is actively being used or processed by a computer system (Avast). You can also look at RAM as short-term memory in the brain. Unlike storage devices such as hard drives or SSDs, RAM is volatile memory. This means that it loses its contents when the power is turned off. This is because, for these new adjustments and changes, your system must accommodate the amount of memory that AI functionalities require. In other words, as the tasks and processes for Artificial Intelligence become more complex, having enough RAM is imperative for the smooth functioning of its applications.

Do you have enough PC memory for the future integration of AI?

In our blog post, "When Should You Get a New Computer?" we highlighted that, currently, the recommended minimum for a computer's RAM is 16GB for optimized performance, and it is anticipated that 32GB will soon become the new standard.

Recent developments indicate that this shift is already happening.

This month, Microsoft announced that Windows 12 will require a 16GB requirement for all PCs. This change is attributed to the introduction of the new software “Microsoft CoPilot,” an AI tool that automates users’ work processes. Microsoft has been pushing this feature, including a dedicated Copilot key on Windows keyboards, similar to the Windows key you see today. This new change aims to push users to utilize their AI tools and applications through integration.

It's crucial to note that the industry is moving towards higher RAM requirements, and Microsoft's decision reflects a broader trend of this continuous evolvement in the technical landscape.

Why does AI need so much RAM?

AI benefits from RAM because machine learning is imperative to soak in information. This means that the more data an AI system can access and analyze, the more accurate its responses become. RAM is essential because it utilizes the temporary storage space where data is stored while the AI system actively uses it.

So, What amount of RAM is considered optimal or best practice for computer systems?

Infiniwiz recommends having 32GB of RAM for their devices. While Microsoft says the minimum requirement is 16GB for Windows 12, it is good practice to double that amount. This precaution is important because the demand for RAM in devices continues to change with the increasing complexity of software. For example, when Microsoft announced Windows 11 in February 2023, they specified a minimum RAM requirement of 4GB. This example underscores the importance of future-proofing your device. By opting for 32GB of RAM, you ensure your system remains well-equipped to handle current and upcoming AI-driven applications over the next five years.

Why upgrade beyond the 16GB minimum?

While 16GB of RAM may meet the minimum requirements for optimized performance, additional RAM becomes beneficial when clients use other resource-intensive applications or multitask. Upgrading beyond the minimum ensures your computer can handle a broader range of applications and tasks without experiencing performance issues.

Overall, as we gain more information on Microsoft’s Copilot, we will begin to update clients on how much RAM will be needed to ensure that they have optimized performance on their devices when working on their work processes.

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