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You could try other products to find if they can do better on your motherboard. The Advanced Memory Test, part of the PassMark PerformanceTest suite (free 30 day evaluation, then US$27.00 to purchase), tests several factors which affect the speed of which data is accessed in PC memory. PassMark is the same company that created MemTest86. Other commercial ...
The speed is just a guideline, they tested the product and it ran WELL ENOUGH on a cpu running at that speed, possibly a virtual machine with said specs. And supposedly it didn't run acceptably on slower cpu speeds. It is possible that the clock speed is required to avoid crashes, but you won't find that out until you either contact them or try it yourself. ...
It's not an issue, it is normal. In that 10-15 seconds the system is already done filling the memory but it has to restart some scheduling mechanisms (O.S. is up&running but not yet started to schedule high level user apps) and switch to the logon screen. 10 secs is very normal.
Upgrading RAM to improve performance? Ultimately this comes down to what you are trying to use your Laptop for. You have mentioned that you are working with virtual machines, so we'll use that as a starting point. You currently have 6GB RAM. What will upgrading my RAM allow you to do? Allocate more memory to current VM's, requiring less writes to HDD ...
check the RAM usage when you do your normal work. Is your RAM nearly full and Windows pages memory out into the pagefile? If you can answer this with yes, you will benefit from upgrading the RAM. If you can never fill the RAM, you don't have any benefit and should look for a SSD to improve the boot and app start performance.
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