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SuperRam

CNET Editors' review

Computers once had such small memories that Windows couldn't remember where it put its keys without registering them (it still can't, actually), but today's PCs have so much random access memory (RAM) that Windows can do much more than walk and chew gum at the same time, computationally speaking. Plenty of PCs still come up short in the RAM department, though, including a lot of older machines struggling to keep up with today's bloated Web sites and high-quality multimedia. For those PCs, the answer is the same today as it was way back then: a tool that monitors your system's memory and frees it up when it drops below a certain point. PGWARE's SuperRam is an up-to-date shareware release of this venerable class of utility. It runs in the background and frees up memory resources on demand. It's free to try for 30 days and costs just under $15; it's not expensive, certainly, but whether it's worth the cost depends on your system.

SuperRam's colorful, dialog-style interface is fairly typical of shareware system utilities in their varieties, with a large pie graph depicting RAM use, controls to access settings and run the benchmarking test, and some links, but little else. SuperRam is designed to run in the background. We started by opening the Settings to view the program's options. SuperRam's Memory Performance Settings involve two sliders, Memory to maintain and Memory to free. Changing a slider changed the memory values in the detailed explanation of what SuperRam does -- a nice touch. The Advanced Settings let us refine the percentage of memory to be freed, as well as the interval and similar options, and we could also change the background and graph colors. Clicking Help opened a complete Help file. However, SuperRam proved easy to use without it.

On a scale of one to 10, SuperRam benchmarked our test system's 8 GB RAM's performance at 10, so we saw little benefit from running it (and more from not running it, actually). But it's definitely worth a look if your PC's memory is failing: It's free to try, and way cheaper than a new PC.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of SuperRam 6.4.8.2013.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I don't think It's Worth Using . iT'S more than u think"

    January 6, 2013  |   By Kedsdex

    Version: SuperRam 6.1.1.2013

    Pros

    no improvement in my comp

    Cons

    it makes my comp go slower, not worth it.test yourself.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "easy for novice to use"

    May 4, 2011  |   By izzycare

    Version: SuperRam 6.5.2.2011

    Pros

    will do its thing unaided

    Cons

    user can choose what to switch off...novice hell

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  • 3.0 stars

    "sits quietly on desktop in the background useful & easy"

    March 15, 2011  |   By baxspeare

    Version: SuperRam 6.3.14.2011

    Pros

    quick easy access to physical state of your computer's memory

    Cons

    some tasks require manual operation

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Ram Defrag available!"

    January 23, 2010  |  

    Version: SuperRam 6.1.18.2010

    Pros

    This Ram Defrag program is the best! I've been able to recover & release more than 1GB of Ram which is outstanding!

    Cons

    None at all

    Summary

    SuperRam allows you take control of your computer's memory, how physical memory is allocated and help determine the performance of your computer system. Windows routinely allocates memory to applications, games and system processes; over time the memory becomes completely used handling all of these tasks.


    With SuperRam, memory management is tuned to maintain computer stability but a greater emphasis is placed on computer performance. Once installed SuperRam begins to monitor the total amount of memory your computer has installed, it also monitors when your computer reaches a threshold of memory to maintain, when that threshold is reached SuperRam immediately will release all memory that it determines can be released on the computer system back to Windows.


    When SuperRam is installed any new application, program or game that is opened will use physical memory installed on the computer and placing applications that you opened previously to use virtual memory. This allows software to run with an emphasis on performance when performance is needed; such as when playing games, editing photos/videos, using processor and memory intensive applications.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Ok..not a bad software"

    June 29, 2009  |   By musicuploader

    Version: SuperRam 6.6.29.2009

    Pros

    Free to try

    Cons

    not a full version here.

    Summary

    Guys just go to http://filefreak.info and get any Full Version software you want for FREE..I want this SuperRam in http://filefreak.info :D

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOT WORTH TIME NEEDED TO DOWNLOAD"

    May 26, 2009  |   By jammer066

    Version: SuperRam 6.5.25.2009

    Pros

    it does free up memory

    Cons

    slows computer-tried several settings-got same results-made no different in speed of memory or computer.

    Summary

    not worth the price-I have programs to free up memory they don't slow my computer down. My guess-only works if you buy it, no chance of that. If you have to pay for a program to get it to work, it's not worth the price. That's what the free trail is for, to see if it works.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "There are Much better programs out than yjis one"

    May 26, 2009  |   By enragedatom1

    Version: SuperRam 6.5.25.2009

    Pros

    didnt care for it

    Cons

    Pricey not worth the trouble

    Summary

    if You want to View You're Cpu Or Memory speed get CPUID other wise leave the pro programs tto the techs that understand the Dynamics better

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  • 3.0 stars

    "1234567890"

    March 1, 2009  |   By duythuan_86

    Version: SuperRam 6.2.23.2009

    Pros

    1234567890

    Cons

    1234567890

    Summary

    1234567890

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Helps a little on older computers"

    September 5, 2007  |   By goldengreeke

    Version: SuperRam 5.9.3.2007

    Pros

    All your apps work pretty well on pc's with 512 MB of memory or less. I have a test pc like that, which I never upgraded, and all five of your products that I have tried helped performance quite a bit,(GameGain, PcBoost, PcMedik, SuperRam, and Throttle). I have a higher end pc with two gigs of memory, and your products did nothing that I could notice, however. Why not combine all your products into one super application, raise the price, and I think you would have a product with a force to be reckened with. I like your free trial, and I am happy they work with Vista.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "5 stars"

    August 17, 2007  |   By jackie1428

    Version: SuperRam 5.7.30

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