Before its launch, the Windows 11 operating system has already caused quite a bit of discomfort among users. The requirement of the TPM 2.0 module and the limited number of compatible processors have not been liked. In addition, there are many users with PCs with 4GB of RAM who complain when they are pulled in Windows 11. So how much RAM do we need for Windows 11?
After the release of Windows 10, it was thought that this would be the last operating system from Microsoft. It seemed that the company would be releasing updates and improvements on it. The arrival of the new Intel processors with two types of cores would have “forced” to launch the Windows 11 operating system.
Windows 11 minimum RAM memory requirement
According to the minimum requirements released by Microsoft, in order to run Windows 11 on a PC, 4GB of RAM is required. The problem is that the user experience with computers with that amount of RAM is not good. The operating system itself already makes use of that amount of memory.
As we mentioned above, the list of processors fully compatible with Windows 11 is limited. Of course, there are other processors outside the list that can run this operating system, but the experience will not be as good. If on top of that Microsoft required 8GB of RAM, things would have been worse.
We must be clear, on the other hand, that the minimum requirements are designed so that the system can be started. Those who have a team with the minimum amount of RAM required for this operating system will have a pretty bad user experience.
Bad experience using Windows 11 with the recommended minimum
They have tested Windows 11 with a laptop that meets Microsoft requirements. The team makes use of Pentium Silver N5000 processora simple 4-core, 4-thread processor that has a base frequency of 1.1 GHz and a Boost frequency of 2.7 GHz. Windows 11 requires at least two cores and a working frequency of 1.0 GHz, so it delivers.
The laptop in question has the TPM-module and with 4 GB of RAM. So all the minimum requirements for this operating system are met.
When they have started the PC with the new operating system installed, they have had a pleasant surprise. Just Windows 11 consumes 3.2 GB of RAM, which represents 80% of it. run the google chrome browser (which we already know how demanding it is with RAM) causes memory consumption to skyrocket to 95%. We can navigate well, but if we open four tabs the problems begin. These constantly reload due to lack of space in RAM memory.
How much RAM do I need for Windows 11?
We can see that with 4GB of RAM, if we start a medium demanding application, we will have problems. ideal for Windows 11 is 8GB of RAM, to have an optimal experience. It should be noted that this amount of RAM is already beginning to be somewhat fair, especially if we use Google Chrome.
The optimum that is recommended to have a good experience and that everything goes smoothly, is 16GB of RAM. In addition, it is always optimal for it to be in Dual Channel configuration, or what is the same, for it to be two modules. This allows better performance than if the memory is only on one module.