Many people wonder how fast is a Windows 7 512MB setup can perform. Microsoft recommends that you have at least 1GB of RAM if you are using the 32 bit version of Windows 7. Having 1GB of RAM is easy to come by if you buy a new computer. However, what if you are so tight on cash that you can’t afford to upgrade from 512MB of RAM to 1GB of RAM?
Well, you may be in luck. There are a lot of Windows 7 512MB setups that are slow then there are Windows 7 512MB setups that are pretty quick. You may be asking how this could be possible, and what makes so much of a difference if it’s not the RAM. If you want good performance when running Windows 7 with 512 MB of RAM then you are going to want to use DDR2 RAM. The 512MB of DDR2 RAM can make a Windows 7 operate much faster than 512MB of DDR RAM. This is partly because motherboards that use DDR2 RAM sockets will also have better components available. The motherboard will most likely have a higher FSB and better onboard graphics. All of these DDR2 benefits will allow you computer to compensate for the lack of RAM on a moderate scale.
However, DDR2 RAM is pretty cheap for both desktops and laptops. That means you probably find another 512MB DDR2 chip for less than $10 in some cases. If you are stuck with a DDR motherboard then you are going to need the fastest chip that your motherboard can support if you are purposely trying to run Windows 7 with 512MB of RAM. To supplement running Windows 7 with 512MB of DDR RAM, you can add an external video card and a flash drive that supports Windows 7 Readyboost. The external graphics card will free up some RAM that may have been used for the onboard graphics. The flash drive will supply cache space that has a faster access rate than the virtual memory or pagefile located on the hard drive. Another fix all solution to run Windows 7 with 512MB of RAM is to simply use a high speed solid state drive.