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                            [body] => How to install memory (RAM) in your PC Upgrading your PC's RAM is one way to make your computer feel far more snappy. Here's how to do it. By Brad Chacos and Thomas Ryan PCWorld Sep 29, 2021 10:02 am PDT Corsair One of the simplest hardware upgrades you can do to make your computer feel snappier is to upgrade your memory. Over the years, operating systems like Windows, software like Photoshop, and now even web browsers like Chrome, have built reputations for being unabashed memory hogs. Older PCs, meanwhile, often have between 2GB and 4GB of memory. Loading too many tabs in Chrome or keeping to many programs open on your desktop could use up all of the memory your system has to offer, slowing your system to a crawl. If your PC’s feeling pokey when you have a lot going on, consider upgrading your RAM. A mere 4GB could work if you’re sticking to light tasks and not using Chrome, but 8GB is really the minimum we would recommend for a modern desktop PC, and 16GB is the sweet spot for most people consider its modest price increase from 8GB. Gamers with an eye towards future-proofing might even want to consider 32GB—the downside being increased cost, of course. (Here’s how to tell what kind of RAM you have right now.) RAM buying considerations. There are different types of RAM. Most modern PCs use DDR4 memory, but older system may require DDR3 or even DDR2. High-bandwidth DDR5 kits are expected to make their debut alongside Intel’s upcoming 12th-gen Alder Lake processors, but they’ll be very pricey, and the CPUs will still support the older standard as well. For now, DDR4 is king. Mentioned in this article . Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Memory. Best Prices Today: $77.99 at Amazon It’s also important to consider the speed of the RAM you’re buying in addition to the capacity of the memory kit. Out of all the memory bandwidth testing done over the past decade, the only thing these tests have consistently shown is that there’s very little benefit to purchasing the fastest RAM possible. Most people should look past the flashy 5,000MHz kits and focus on the price/performance sweet spot: DDR4 clocked at 2,666MHz to 3,600MHz. Opt for a RAM kit that comes in two modules rather than single-stick or quad-channel offerings if you can.  The next issue to consider is brand. There are a lot of memory brands available, like Corsair, G.Skill, Kingston, KLEVV, Patriot, ADATA, Crucial, PNY, Super Talent, Mushkin, and others. The biggest difference between these brands is the design of the heat sinks on the RAM modules. Pick the memory that has the best compromise between an appearance you like and a price you can stomach. You’ll find ongoing debates about the reliability of different brands, but on the balance, all big-name RAM manufacturers provide very solid products. How to install RAM in your PC. With the buying considerations out of the way and 16GB of DDR4 memory freshly delivered to your door step, it’s time to install your new RAM. It’s a quick and rather painless task—assuming you’ve done all your homework. Mentioned in this article . Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DDR4 Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2). Best Prices Today: $67.34 at Amazon First, shut down your computer and unplug all of the cables connected to it. Then remove the side of the computer case so you can access the motherboard. The RAM slots are adjacent to the CPU socket. Look for the big heat sink at the top of the motherboard, and you’ll see either two or four memory slots next to it. These are the motherboard slots you insert your RAM into. Before you can install the new memory you’ve purchased, you have to remove the old kit. Start by toggling the plastic retention clips at either end of the memory slots so you can pull out the old RAM. Release the toggles at the end of the RAM channel in order to remove your old memory. While you’re there, remove any dust from the memory slots, either by blasting the area with compressed air or by vacuuming gently. Now it’s time to put in the new RAM kit. Make sure the memory module is correctly oriented: The notch in the bottom edge of the RAM must match up with the rise in the memory slot. If you’re not filling all the available RAM channels, read your motherboard’s manual to see which specific slots you should fill first. Placing RAM in the incorrect slots could result in some performance degradation.  Make sure the notch in the bottom edge of your RAM modules match up with the rises in the memory channel on your motherboard. Now that you’ve seated the RAM in the slot, toggle the plastic retention levers to lock your new memory modules in place. Snap the channel’s toggle closed again to lock in your RAM. Finally, close up your computer case, plug everything back in, and turn on your computer. It may take a couple of restarts for your motherboard to recognize and adjust to the new memory you’ve installed—so don’t panic if your computer is acting funny at first. Let it run for a few minutes, then restart it and everything will be back to normal. Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details. Related: Computer ComponentsSystem Memory (RAM) Brad Chacos spends his days digging through desktop PCs and tweeting too much. Coupon Codes. 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Dual Channel vs. Quad Channel: If you purchase RAM, you’ll usually get two modules in a package for “dual-channel” purposes, which essentially doubles the data transfer rate. On professional PCs for workstation use, usually with an Intel Core X or AMD Threadripper CPU, you’ll even get quad-channel. After you identify the type of CPU or mainboard you have, you’ll know whether you can use dual or quad RAM configurations. There’s a slight difference in overall performance when using a double channel, so it’s always advisable to purchase that kit if you can. Quad-channel memory, however, has only limited effects on speed. How to upgrade RAM on a desktop PC. With an appropriate amount of RAM in hand, you’re ready to perform a desktop memory upgrade. Here’s how to upgrade your desktop with additional RAM: Shut down your computer and wait for it to cool down completely. Unplug all cords, cables, and accessories. Open your computer’s casing. 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Replace your computer case. Plug all your cables and connectors back in. How to upgrade RAM on a laptop. Is there a way to increase RAM on a laptop? As long as you haven’t reached your system’s maximum RAM, then yes! The same considerations that apply to desktop RAM also determine how much RAM your laptop can handle. Additionally, some laptops may not be eligible at all for RAM upgrades. Sometimes, the RAM modules are soldered directly onto the motherboard, meaning that you can’t remove them yourself. Check online to see whether your laptop has replaceable RAM. Assuming your laptop can handle more RAM, here’s how to add it: Shut down your laptop, close it, and let it cool down. Unplug all cords, cables, and accessories. Flip it over and place it face-down on your work surface. Open the bottom casing, or remove the portion that covers your RAM. The specifics here will depend on the type of laptop you have. If you need to unscrew the case, remember which screws go into which holes, as sizes may vary from one screw to the next. Touch an unpainted metal surface in your laptop to discharge any static electricity from your body. This will help protect your laptop’s sensitive internal components. Remove your current RAM modules by gently pushing aside the clips that hold them in place. Each RAM module should pop up and out at an angle. Then you can pull it out of the RAM slot. Pick up your new RAM modules by the edges or corners. Do not touch the gold connectors or any components on top of the module! Align the notch on your new RAM module correctly with the RAM slot, then insert it. Push it down until it locks into place. Press down on the RAM module so it lies flat inside your laptop. The clips should slide back into place. Replace the back casing of your laptop, flip the laptop back over, then plug all your cables and cords back in. Check your RAM upgrade. 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                            [body] => How To Upgrade Or Replace Your PC’s RAM Michael CriderMichael CriderWriterMichael Crider is a veteran technology journalist with a decade of experience. He spent five years writing for Android Police and his work has appeared on Digital Trends and Lifehacker. He’s covered industry events like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress in person. Read more...About How-To Geek @MichaelCrider Apr 12, 2018, 10:24 am EST | 12 min read Adding memory is one of the easier ways to boost your PC’s performance. There are a few things to check before spending your money, though, so let’s talk about them. Choosing Your New RAM. As with most things about upgrading your PC, figuring out what you need and then doing some comparison shopping is the hard part. After that, physically installing your new memory is a breeze by comparison. Here are some of the things you’ll need to figure out when making your decision. How Much RAM Do You Need? Generally speaking, more RAM is better. That said, the law of diminishing returns applies. Moving from 4 GB to 8 GB of RAM is likely to make a huge difference. Moving from 8 GB to 16 GB still shows some good gains in performance, but not as much. And moving beyond 16 GB is going to be a smaller boost still. Of course, some of that depends on what you use your PC for. Right now, we generally recommend at least 8 GB of RAM for most people. That’s kind of the sweet spot for how the majority of people use their PCs. If you’re a gamer, or you often multitask lots of bigger programs, you’ll probably want 12-16 GB, if that fits in your budget. RELATED: How Much RAM Does Your Computer Need for PC Games? And, if you work with large media files (like projects in Photoshop or Lightroom), you use virtual machines on your PC, or have other specialized needs, you’ll want as much RAM as you can afford (and that your PC can physically accommodate). How Much RAM Do You Have Now (and In What Configuration)? It’s easy enough to pop open your Settings app, head to the “About This PC” section, and see how much RAM you have. Advertisement That only tells part of the story, though. That 32 GB listed in the screenshot above (yes, it’s a lot—this system is used to run multiple virtual machines at the same time) might be four modules of 8 GB each, or it might be two modules of 16 GB each. That matters when you’re upgrading because memory is typically installed in pairs, and different systems can have different numbers of slots available. For example, let’s assume we wanted to upgrade that system to even more RAM. We now need to know some additional information. How many total memory slots does the PC have? How many RAM modules are installed? Are there free slots? For that, you could open up your case and count the number of modules and slots inside, or you could turn to another tool. There are several hardware information tools out there, but our favorite is the free version Speccy (made by Piriform, the makers of CCleaner). After installing and running Speccy, we just switch to the RAM category on the left, and the right panel shows us gives us the info we need. Unfortunately, we can now see that we have four total slots available and that all four are taken up with memory modules. Since we have 32 GB total RAM, we can assume that we have four 8 GB modules in place. This means that to get more RAM in the machine, we need to replace some or all of what’s there. Advertisement If we had found that only two slots were taken up by two 16 GB RAM modules, we could have simply added another pair of modules—two 8 GB modules for a total of 48 GB, or two more 16 GB modules for a total of 64 GB. How Much RAM Can Your PC Handle? The other part of the RAM equation is knowing how much total RAM your computer can support. There are two factors here: the maximum RAM your version of Windows can handle, and the maximum that your motherboard can handle. Whatever is lower is what you’re stuck with, but it’s typically the motherboard that’s the more limiting factor. The Windows part is easy: 32-bit Windows: 32-bit versions of Windows 10 can only handle up to 4 GB of RAM, no matter whether you’re running the Home, Professional, or Enterprise edition. The same holds true for Windows 7. 64-bit Windows: 64-bit versions of Windows can handle up to 128 GB for Windows 10 Home, and up to 2 TB for Windows 10 Education, Professional, or Enterprise. On Windows 7, things are a bit different. The Home Basic edition can handle up to 8 GB, Home Premium up to 16 GB, and Professional up to 192 GB. The second part of the equation (how much your motherboard can handle) depends entirely on the manufacturer, though most modern computers will support at least 8 GB, and more likely 16 GB or more. You’ll need to check the documentation for your motherboard or PC for the details. If you’re unsure what motherboard you have, you can again turn to Speccy, where the Motherboard category shows you the information you need. Just hit up Google with your model number and you should find what you’re after. What Type of RAM Does Your PC Require? You’re also going to need to determine what type of RAM your computer is capable of using. And there are a few parts to that puzzle, as well. Advertisement First up, RAM for desktops usually comes in DIMM modules (the longer stick pictured on top in the image below). RAM for laptops—and some ultra compact desktops—comes in smaller SODIMM modules (the shorter one on the bottom in the image below). Next, check the generation of RAM your computer’s motherboard accepts. This information is presented as a DDR version: DDR2: This generation was introduced in 2003. Chances are your computer is not using DDR2 memory unless it’s a pretty old system. DDR3: This generation was introduced in 2007. It’s much more common in PCs that were built in the last 5-8 years use DDR3, and it’s still a common choice in budget computers today. DDR4: This generation was introduced around 2014. It’s found on most brand-new computers, especially those designed for (or built by) gamers and enthusiasts. Motherboards are designed for a specific generation of RAM, so you’ll need to determine what you need. You can’t just buy the latest DDR4 RAM and stick it in a PC designed for DDR3. In fact, it wouldn’t even physically fit. Note the different position of the notches at the bottom of the memory below. They’re keyed differently so that can’t be inserted into slots not designed for them. DDR3 memory, top. DDR4 memory, bottom. Note the different notch positions. So, the next obvious question. How do you know which generation you need? The answer, of course, is that we’re going to turn to Speccy again. Switch back on the RAM category on the left. On the right, at the bottom, expand the “SPD” entry. And right there, you can see the generation, size, manufacturer, and model number of each RAM module you have installed. So now we know that this PC uses DDR4 memory. What About RAM Speed and Latency? If you go shopping for (or reading about) memory, you’ll also see a couple of other specifications that get talked about a lot: RAM speed and latency (also called timings). RAM Speed: This is based on a rather complicated combination of hardware factors, and the relative speed of RAM is specific within a generation. Speeds are usually labeled using either the older standard (in which case you’ll see speeds like PC2/PC3/PC4) or the new standard that also includes a more specific speed rating (in which case a speed would look more like DDR 1600). Latency: This deals with how fast the RAM module can access its own hardware. Lower latency means faster data access. Latency timings are presented as a series of four numbers, so you might see something like 5-5-5-15. Advertisement The truth, though, is that speed and latency just isn’t all that important. Higher speed and lower latency RAM really isn’t that much faster than the lower speed, higher latency stuff. You’ll find a lot of talk about it from people who like to brag about their systems, but it’s pretty safe to ignore. Even with a high performance gaming machine, it just doesn’t make that much difference—especially since most of gaming is handled by the RAM on discrete graphics cards. That said, there are a couple of things that are important to keep in mind. Your motherboard or PC might limit the speed of the RAM it supports, mostly because it was designed for the RAM that was out at the time the motherboard was manufactured. Check your system specs to see what it can handle. It might even be that you can update your BIOS to support higher speed RAM if you want. Check your manufacturer’s website for that. For latency, it’s best if you use modules that sport the same latency numbers. It’s not critical, especially if you’re adding memory to a system. But if you’re replacing memory, you might as well get all the same kind. What About Heat Sinks And RGB? They’re mostly meaningless. RGB LEDs on your RAM looks neat in a desktop case with a window (if you’re into that sort of thing). And flashy heat sinks might be advantageous if you’re planning to overclock your memory. If neither of these things appeal to you, don’t look for those specific features—they’ll only make your memory more expensive. RELATED: What Does "RGB" Mean, and Why Is It All Over Tech? Can I Upgrade My Laptop’s RAM? Upgrading RAM in a laptops is a trickier subject than with desktops. Some laptops have an access panel that lets you swap out RAM modules easily. Some have one or two RAM slots available through an access panel, while others are tucked away where you can’t really get to them. Some laptops require that you pretty much disassemble the whole thing to change the RAM. And some laptops don’t have RAM slots at all; their memory is soldered to the motherboard. Advertisement To figure out which situation applies to you, you’re going to have to do some research. Check your user manual, hit up the manufacturer web site, or do some quick Googling—odds are pretty good that the question has been answered for your specific model. How To Upgrade Desktop Memory. Replacing the memory in your desktop is usually pretty straightforward. You’ll need a Philips-head screwdriver to open the case, and that’s about it. Note that these instructions are for a standard ATX tower-style case—if you have a more exotic case design, you may need to work a little harder or position the computer oddly to open it and access its internal components. Remove all the cables and external accessories from your computer, then move it to a table or desk. Ideally you want a cool, dry work area that isn’t carpeted. If your home is particularly susceptible to static shocks, you might want an anti-static bracelet as well. Remove the screws on the back holding the access panel in place. You’re going to remove the access panel from the left side of the PC (assuming you’re looking at the front). On some cases, you’ll need to remove the whole cover. Then set the case on it’s side with the internals exposed. At this point you should be looking down at the motherboard. The RAM should be easy to spot. It will be two or more modules sticking up from slots that are usually near the CPU, but more toward the front of the computer. To remove the existing RAM, look for the plastic tabs at either end of the RAM slots. Simply press these tabs down (away from the RAM) until they click. The module should pop up slightly, and it’s ready to be pulled out. Repeat this step with all the modules you want to remove. Push down on these tabs to release the RAM module. Advertisement Then, just lift each module straight up and out of the slot. Before you plug the new RAM in, take a look at the slots. Remember how we said RAM is installed in pairs? Where you install it matters. On the motherboard in the image below, the paired slots are different colors—black for one pair, and gray for the other pair. If you’re installing fewer modules than the motherboard holds (or you have two mismatched pairs—like two 8 GB modules and two 4 GB modules), you’ll need to install pairs in matching slots. Note: Some motherboards use different indicators for slot pairs. Check your specifications if you’re unsure. To install the new RAM align the electrical contacts with the memory slot, making sure the notch in the connector is positioned correctly—they can only fit in in one orientation. Then press the memory module into place gently until you hear the plastic tabs on either end of the slot click into place, securing the module. Three locked slot tabs in the back, and an unlocked tab in the foreground. Lock down all the tabs on the corresponding dimples in the RAM modules to make sure they’re fully inserted. If you unplugged any of the power or data cords on your machine to get better access to the RAM slots, plug them back in now. All four RAM modules re-installed, with the data cables on the motherboard replaced. We’re ready to close up. Replace the access panel and screw it back down on the rear of the machine. You’re done! Take your machine back to its usual spot and plug everything back in. How To Upgrade Laptop Memory. Before you start, you need to determine where the RAM DIMM or DIMMs are on your laptop, and how you’ll reach them. The bigger your laptop is, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to access the memory without disassembling it completely. The smaller and lighter your laptop is, the more likely it is that the memory is soldered to the motherboard and can’t be changed at all. Ultralight laptops almost never have user-accessible memory. Advertisement Most laptops that allow user-accessible memory upgrades to do so either through a small access panel on the bottom of the case, or by performing some level of disassembly (sometimes by removing the entire bottom, sometimes by removing the keyboard, sometimes a combination). Consult your laptop’s user manual or do some web searches to find information for your model. If you can find one for your model, a maintenance manual will tell you exactly where your laptop’s RAM is and how to replace it. Before you start, turn off your laptop and remove all cables, accessories, and batteries. My ThinkPad T450s is pretty middle-of-the-road here: it requires me to remove the battery, take out eight different screws, and pop off the metal bottom to access the RAM. Other designs only require you to remove a single screw, then take off a sectional cover. I only have access to one DIMM slot, the other is soldered to the motherboard. To insert a new DIMM, I have to remove the one that’s already in the slot. To do this, I gently pull the two tabs locking down the DIMM on either side. The RAM DIMM springs up at a diagonal angle. Pull apart these two tabs to release the RAM module. It will pop up at an angle. In this position, simply grip the card gently and pull it out of the slot. Be careful not to touch the electrical contacts, and set the module aside. Advertisement To insert the new module, go in at the same angle. (You’ll have to eyeball it if you didn’t have to remove one). The module should sit in the slot evenly, with no electrical contacts still visible. Next, push down on the module until it’s parallel with the housing. The pressure should make the clips clamp down on the module automatically, locking it into place. Repeat these steps with the second module if you’re installing more than one at a time. Insert the module in the slot, then push down, Make sure the retention clips are in place. Then, you put everything back together. With the battery back in place, you’re ready to start your laptop and make sure the operating system recognizes the new RAM. Checking Your RAM Installation. When you’re finished installing the RAM, you want to make sure it’s working correctly. Depending on your PC, the BIOS may display the amount of memory on the initial boot up screen. If you don’t see that, you can load into your PC’s BIOS or just let your operating system start and then check out the amount of recognized RAM there. In Windows 10, you can just head to Settings > System > About. If your PC is showing less RAM than it should, there are a few possible explanations. The first is that you made a mistake during installation and one or more modules aren’t fully seated. To solve this, simply go back and double-check that all the modules are fully inserted into their slots. Advertisement The next possibility is that the RAM isn’t compatible with your motherboard (perhaps the wrong generation), or you installed a module that has a capacity higher than its slot allows. You need to go back to the compatibility checks and make sure you’re using the correct RAM. And finally, if all else fails, it’s possible that you have a bad memory module, which will need to be replaced. 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                            [body] => How to Add RAM Download Article Explore this Article parts 1 Purchasing New RAM 2 Installing Desktop RAM 3 Installing Laptop RAM Other Sections Questions & Answers Video Related Articles References Co-authored by Spike Baron Last Updated: May 17, 2021 Download Article X This article was co-authored by Spike Baron. Spike Baron is the Owner of Spike's Computer Repair based in Los Angeles, California. With over 25 years of working experience in the tech industry, Spike specializes in PC and Mac computer repair, used computer sales, virus removal, data recovery, and hardware and software upgrades. He has his CompTIA A+ certification for computer service technicians and is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. This article has been viewed 442,720 times. RAM (Random Access Memory) is the memory that your computer uses to store data that is currently in use. Generally speaking, having more RAM can allow your computer to perform more tasks at once, though this is also dependent on a variety of other factors. Upgrading or replacing your RAM is one of the easiest upgrades you can make on a desktop or laptop computer, once you know what RAM to get. Steps . Part 1 Part 1 of 3:Purchasing New RAM . {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/3\/3c\/Add-RAM-Step-1-Version-2.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-1-Version-2.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/3\/3c\/Add-RAM-Step-1-Version-2.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-1-Version-2.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 1 Check how much RAM your computer currently has installed. Before determining how much RAM you should purchase, it will be helpful to know how much RAM you already have installed in your computer. You can quickly check your installed RAM, regardless of what operating system you are using.[1] X Expert Source Spike BaronComputer Repair Technician Expert Interview. 9 January 2019. Windows - Press ⊞ Win+Pause to open your System Properties window. Your installed RAM will be listed in the System section. Mac - Click the Apple menu and select "About This Mac". Your installed RAM will be displayed in the Memory entry. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/6\/6e\/Add-RAM-Step-2-Version-2.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-2-Version-2.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/6\/6e\/Add-RAM-Step-2-Version-2.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-2-Version-2.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 2 Check how much RAM your computer and operating system can support. There are several factors that will dictate how much RAM your system can support, including your operating system and motherboard limits:[2] X Expert Source Spike BaronComputer Repair Technician Expert Interview. 9 January 2019. If you are using Windows, a 32-bit version can support up to 4 GB, while a 64-bit version can support up to 128 GB. You can check what version of Windows you have by pressing ⊞ Win+Pause and looking for the "System type" entry. Even if your computer supports up to 128 GB, there's a good chance that your motherboard doesn't support that much. You'll need to check the documentation for your motherboard or run an online system scanner to see how much memory your motherboard supports. Mac users will need to check their documentation to see how much their computer support as it varies significantly from model to model. If you don't have the documentation anymore, you can look up the specs of your model on the Apple support site. See this guide for more details on determining the maximum amount of RAM your computer supports. Advertisement {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/c\/ca\/Add-RAM-Step-3-Version-2.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-3-Version-2.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/c\/ca\/Add-RAM-Step-3-Version-2.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-3-Version-2.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 3 Check what RAM format your motherboard supports. RAM has gone through several revisions over the years. The standard these days is DDR4 RAM, but if you are upgrading an older computer, you may need DDR3, DDR2 or even DDR. If this is the case, you will likely want to consider upgrading the entire computer, as older types of RAM are getting increasingly expensive.[3] X Expert Source Spike BaronComputer Repair Technician Expert Interview. 9 January 2019. You can determine what type your computer uses by referring to the documentation or running a tool like CPU-Z, a freeware utility that analyzes your system. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/5\/50\/Add-RAM-Step-4-Version-2.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-4-Version-2.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/5\/50\/Add-RAM-Step-4-Version-2.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-4-Version-2.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 4 Determine the clock speed. RAM comes in a variety of different speeds. If there are multiple speeds installed, your entire system will clock down to the lowest speed present. This can actually hurt your performance, even if you are adding RAM.[4] X Research source The clock speed of RAM is measured in megahertz (MHz). Motherboards typically support a range of clock speeds. If you use CPU-Z to check your memory clock speed, you will need to multiply the displayed MHz value by two, since CPU-Z doesn't display the memory multiplier. All installed RAM should be the same speed for the best performance. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/5\/5f\/Add-RAM-Step-5.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-5.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/5\/5f\/Add-RAM-Step-5.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-5.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 5 Purchase RAM modules in pairs. Nearly all RAM should be installed in pairs. The total value of each module should be within the limits of your motherboard. For example, if you are installing 16 GB of RAM, you'll need to install either two 8 GB modules or four 4 GB modules. If your motherboard has an 16 GB limit, it likely won't support a single 16 GB memory module. RAM often comes packaged in pairs to make purchasing easier. Many computers will work with only one RAM module, but this is bad practice and you will have worse performance. You should only do this if necessary. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/8\/81\/Add-RAM-Step-6.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-6.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/8\/81\/Add-RAM-Step-6.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-6.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 6 Understand the difference between desktop and laptop memory. Most desktop computers use DIMM RAM, while most laptops use SO-DIMM, which is smaller. The notable exception is many iMacs, which also use SO-DIMM. Other than form-factor, most of the other specifications discussed in this section apply to both desktop and laptop memory. Advertisement Part 2 Part 2 of 3:Installing Desktop RAM . {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/7\/71\/Add-RAM-Step-7.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-7.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/7\/71\/Add-RAM-Step-7.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-7.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 1 Power down the computer. Unplug the power cable. If you need to move the computer to access it easier, remove all the cables from the back. Place the desktop on its side somewhere that gives you easy access. Lay it down with the ports on the back closest to the table. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/7\/76\/Add-RAM-Step-8.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-8.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/7\/76\/Add-RAM-Step-8.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-8.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 2 Open the case. Some cases have thumbscrews for easy opening, while older cases typically require a Phillips head screwdriver. Slide the panel off or pull it open after removing the screws. Make sure to remove the panel that allows access to the motherboard. You can determine which panel to remove by looking for the I/O ports on the back of the computer. These ports include monitor, Ethernet, speaker, USB, and more. They are connected to the motherboard, so remove the panel on the opposite side. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/1\/1c\/Add-RAM-Step-9.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-9.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/1\/1c\/Add-RAM-Step-9.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-9.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 3 Ground yourself. Anytime you work inside a computer, you risk emitting an electrostatic discharge that could damage your components. You can reduce this risk by wearing an anti-static wriststrap, or by grounding yourself before working in the computer. Touching a metal water tap will ground you. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/6\/69\/Add-RAM-Step-10.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-10.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/6\/69\/Add-RAM-Step-10.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-10.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 4 Remove existing RAM (if necessary). If you are replacing RAM, pop out the old modules by pressing down on the latches on each end of the module. The RAM module should pop out of the slot, allowing you to lift it directly out. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/8\/81\/Add-RAM-Step-11.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-11.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/8\/81\/Add-RAM-Step-11.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-11.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 5 Check how the RAM slots are laid out. Many motherboards have four slots for RAM, but pairs are typically not installed directly next to each other. For example, the slots may be laid out as A1, B1, A2, B2 and you would install your first pair on A1 and B1. Refer to your motherboard documentation to ensure that you know which slots to use. If you don't have your documentation handy, you can often tell which slots are pairs by looking at the coloring. They may be labeled on the edge, which each label etched onto the motherboard. These labels may be small, so you may have to look closely. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/c\/c1\/Add-RAM-Step-12.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-12.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/c\/c1\/Add-RAM-Step-12.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-12.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 6 Install your RAM. Push each module directly into the slot, ensuring that the notches at the bottom line up. Apply even pressure directly to the top of the module until it is inserted and the latches snap into place on each side. Do not force the modules in or you may break them. Nearly all RAM is installed in pairs. Some computers will have difficulty with a single RAM stick, and using only one stick will decrease performance. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/2\/28\/Add-RAM-Step-12Bullet1.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-12Bullet1.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/2\/28\/Add-RAM-Step-12Bullet1.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-12Bullet1.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/b\/bd\/Add-RAM-Step-13.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-13.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/b\/bd\/Add-RAM-Step-13.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-13.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 7 Close up the computer. With the RAM installed, close up your computer and screw the case panel back into place. Plug all of the cables back in. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/0\/00\/Add-RAM-Step-14.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-14.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/0\/00\/Add-RAM-Step-14.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-14.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 8 Boot up your operating system. Turn on your computer and allow it to boot into your operating system. You may be prompted to continue due to your new RAM installation. If your computer runs into a serious error at this point, the RAM may be improperly installed, or there may be an errors with one of your new modules. See this guide for instructions on testing your RAM modules. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/c\/cf\/Add-RAM-Step-15.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-15.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/c\/cf\/Add-RAM-Step-15.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-700px-Add-RAM-Step-15.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":368,"bigWidth":700,"bigHeight":560,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 9 Verify that the RAM is recognized. Open your computer's system information to verify that the RAM was properly installed and is being used. Double-check that the amount is being displayed correctly. Windows - Open the System Properties window by pressing ⊞ Win+Pause. Verify your installed RAM in the System section. Mac - Click the Apple menu and select "About This Mac". Verify your installed RAM in the Memory entry. Advertisement Part 3 Part 3 of 3:Installing Laptop RAM . {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/7\/74\/Add-RAM-Step-16.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-16.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/7\/74\/Add-RAM-Step-16.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-16.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 1 Turn off your laptop. To ensure that you don't cause any damage, remove the battery as well (if possible). Make sure to unplug the laptop from the power adapter. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/a\/a1\/Add-RAM-Step-17.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-17.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/a\/a1\/Add-RAM-Step-17.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-17.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 2 Flip the laptop over so you can access the bottom. Most laptops allow you to swap out RAM through a panel on the bottom of the laptop. You will need a small Phillips screwdriver to access this panel. The panel is often marked by a small image of a RAM module. You may have to remove multiple panels in order to access the RAM. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/7\/77\/Add-RAM-Step-17Bullet1.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-17Bullet1.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/7\/77\/Add-RAM-Step-17Bullet1.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-17Bullet1.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/c\/cb\/Add-RAM-Step-18.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-18.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/c\/cb\/Add-RAM-Step-18.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-18.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 3 Ground yourself. Anytime you work inside a computer, you risk emitting an electrostatic discharge that could damage your components. You can reduce this risk by wearing an anti-static wriststrap, or by grounding yourself before working in the laptop. Touching a metal water tap will ground you. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/e\/ec\/Add-RAM-Step-19.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-19.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/e\/ec\/Add-RAM-Step-19.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-19.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 4 Remove existing RAM (if necessary). Most laptops only have one or two slots for memory modules. You may need to remove your existing RAM if you intend to upgrade. You can remove the RAM by detaching the latches on each side, which will pop the RAM up at a 45 degree angle. This allows you to pull the module straight out. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/b\/b4\/Add-RAM-Step-20.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-20.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/b\/b4\/Add-RAM-Step-20.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-20.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 5 Install your new RAM. Insert at a 45 degree angle and then push down to secure. Make sure that the notches line up. If you try to install the RAM upside down, it will not fit. Do not try to force the RAM into its slot. Not all laptops need pairs of RAM modules. Check your laptop's documentation for details. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/3\/3e\/Add-RAM-Step-20Bullet1.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-20Bullet1.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/3\/3e\/Add-RAM-Step-20Bullet1.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-20Bullet1.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/5\/55\/Add-RAM-Step-21.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-21.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/5\/55\/Add-RAM-Step-21.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-21.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 6 Close the RAM panel. Once you have installed your new RAM, close up and secure the RAM access panel. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/8\/8c\/Add-RAM-Step-22.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-22.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/8\/8c\/Add-RAM-Step-22.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-22.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":306,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":485,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 7 Boot up your operating system. Turn on your computer and allow it to boot into your operating system. You may be prompted to continue due to your new RAM installation. If your computer runs into a serious error at this point, the RAM may be improperly installed, or there may be an errors with one of your new modules. See this guide for instructions on testing your RAM modules. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/9\/94\/Add-RAM-Step-23.jpg\/v4-460px-Add-RAM-Step-23.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/9\/94\/Add-RAM-Step-23.jpg\/aid1606556-v4-728px-Add-RAM-Step-23.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":288,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":455,"licensing":"License: Fair Use<\/a> (screenshot)\n<\/p><\/div>"} 8 Verify that the RAM is recognized. Open your computer's system information to verify that the RAM was properly installed and is being used. Double-check that the amount is being displayed correctly. Windows - Open the System Properties window by pressing ⊞ Win+Pause. Verify your installed RAM in the System section. Mac - Click the Apple menu and select "About This Mac". Verify your installed RAM in the Memory entry. Advertisement Community Q&A Did you know you can get expert answers for this article? Unlock expert answers by supporting wikiHow . Search Add New Question Question Can I add any number of RAM cards to my computer? Spike Baron Network Engineer & Desktop Support Spike Baron is the Owner of Spike's Computer Repair based in Los Angeles, California. With over 25 years of working experience in the tech industry, Spike specializes in PC and Mac computer repair, used computer sales, virus removal, data recovery, and hardware and software upgrades. He has his CompTIA A+ certification for computer service technicians and is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. Spike Baron Network Engineer & Desktop Support Expert Answer Support wikiHow by unlocking this expert answer. No, you have to make sure that your motherboard has enough slots for more RAM cards. There's a finite amount of space inside of your computer case. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 1 Question Does doing this risk my computer becoming unusable or other permanent damage? Community Answer Any work done on a computer has the potential to damage or destroy the device. Installing RAM is one of the simplest upgrades that can be done by a novice. Just make sure the SIMM is pushed all the way into the slot and locks in. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 2 Helpful 27 Question Is it possible to just add a new RAM to the existing RAM in order to boost the memory of my desktop PC? Community Answer Yes, but if you do, you will have to use the exact type of memory that came with your computer. You also have to have enough RAM slots. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 6 Helpful 37 Question Is downloadmoreram.com a good place to get RAM? Community Answer You can't download RAM to your computer. RAM is a piece of computer hardware. You can go to your local tech store and buy some for your computer there. All sites claiming that a file can add or boost your RAM are fraudulent. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 26 Helpful 58 Question The RAM is not being recognized. What do I need to do? Toasterflame Top Answerer Try to reset your RAM and make sure it is in correctly, make sure to check if there is any damage on the stick itself. Also, make sure the RAM you are installing can be supported by your system (check for its speed and if your board can handle its capacity). If your RAM is supported by your system, is properly installed and secured, however is still not recognised, the RAM may be damaged and must be replaced. If this was a recent purchase, contact the manufacturer and let them know the stick was dead on arrival. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 2 Question I have a 4GB RAM Installed. Can I install another stick of 4GB RAM? Does installing two different manufacturers affect performance? Toasterflame Top Answerer The RAM manufacturer does not matter, what matters is the clock speed of the RAM is what you want to consider, make sure that they match or you wont be able to take advantage of dual channelling. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 1 Question If my computer has a singular stick of RAM that has a 2394 frequency speed, then is it fine to buy a new 8gb stick with a 2400 frequency? Toasterflame Top Answerer The difference in speed is negligible, chances are that the rated freq of your current RAM is 2400 with a small tolerance. so yes that should be fine. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 1 Question I have a 6GB RAM installed in my PC to make it 8GB. How could I just buy any 8GB or with any specification needed? Toasterflame Top Answerer RAM has different variants depending on your system. Depending on your motherboard, you will most likely require either ddr3 or ddr4 for a desktop. Check your motherboard and installed sticks for this. Furthermore, to achieve an 8GB system, it is recommended to purchase 2(two) 4GB sticks to make use of a dual channel. If you are using a laptop, it will be a sodimm card, however these still have their ddr formats. Refer to your laptop's specs to ensure you purchase the correct hardware. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 1 Question I have 2 GB (1600Mhz) Ram installed. Can a install another 4GB (1600Mhz) or does it have to be a 2GB as well? AmongUsIsC00l Community Answer It is recommended to use 2 of the same size sticks, preferably 4 GB, but to save on cost, with a sacrifice of a bit of performance, you can probably get away with installing another 4 GB stick. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0 Question Is it okay to install different ram like 1 stick of 8GB and 1 of 4GB? AmongUsIsC00l Community Answer It is not recommended, but as long as your motherboard supports the amount of total RAM and the stick type, it should be fine, albeit a bit slower. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0 Show more answers Ask a Question 200 characters left Include your email address to get a message when this question is answered. 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                            [body] => Rolling Stone Send a Tip Log In Subscribe Menu Close the menu Read Next Leaked Internal Reports Reveal Capitol Police Missed Signs of Impending Jan. 6 Riot Log In Subscribe Send a Tip Account Welcome, Get Digital Access Manage Digital Account Manage Print Account Logout Home RS Recommends Electronics January 3, 2021 12:26AM ET Word to Your Motherboard: Boost Your PC’s Speed With an Easy RAM Upgrade Installing new or additional RAM sticks can kick your PC’s performance into high gear . By Joshua Kanter Joshua Kanter . Joshua Kanter's Most Recent Stories. 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How to Install New RAM . If you want to add RAM to your computer system, here’s how to do it. Before getting started, be sure the power is off and your PC is unplugged. Open up the side panel, and as a safety precaution before proceeding, touch a metal part of your computer’s case: This equalizes the static electricity charge and prevents nasty shocks or damaging the components. Related . RS Recommends: Rad Power's E-Bike Offers a New (and Better) Way to Commute RS Recommends: This Elvis Watch Is Getting a Re-Release for His 87th Birthday Related . The Beatles in India: 16 Things You Didn't Know 20 Overlooked Bob Dylan Classics DIMM (dual in-line memory module) slots are the place on your motherboard where the RAM goes. Locate the current RAM modules, and remove them by unlocking the latches on the side, usually by pressing down until they pop out. Since RAM modules can only be installed in one direction, much like a USB plug, line it up with the little notch, and it should slide in with a slight and gentle push. To install additional RAM on top of what’s already inside, the process is similar. Make sure your PC has some extra slots first. Motherboards commonly come with four, but sometimes contain only two or sometimes up to eight designated spaces. Simply repeat the process above for adding in the new sticks to the open spots in the socket until the latches snap it in. While most motherboards with four slots let you use as many or few RAM slots as you want, be aware that using one or three sticks may put your RAM into what’s called Single Channel Mode, which results in half the memory bandwidth of dual channel. That’s why it’s better to stick to an even number of sticks, two or four, to run your RAM in Dual Channel Mode. This will literally double your memory bandwidth, and the performance is noticeable right away. Not all slots can be used to achieve Dual Channel Mode either, as only certain ones are designated to handle it. This depends on the make, model and manufacturer of the motherboard you’re using, and the safest way to check is by consulting the manual or company website. But if these aren’t available, your best bet is to install one stick on the slot furthest to the edge, skip the next one, and install your other RAM stick in number three. If you’re only using one single stick of RAM, some boards let you install it in any slot you want, but it’s best to double check before you pop it in. How to Install RAM Modules on Top of Already Existing Ones. If possible, we strongly recommend getting RAM sticks that are the exact same brand, speed and capacity as the ones already in your PC. Not that mixing and matching will break your machine — it won’t — but there’s a good chance it can create annoying compatibility issues like freezing or even crashing. Matching the megahertz (MHz) speed and compatibility of your current RAM is perhaps the most important, as the new RAM sticks – even if they’re significantly faster – will only run at the rated speed of the slowest module in there. How to Add RAM to Older Computers. Double Data Rate 4 (DDR4) is the current standard for memory sticks, with a base speed of 2133 MHz, and this has been the case since around 2015. It’s faster and has a much larger capacity than its predecessor DDR3, which started to be used in about 2007, and is getting harder and harder to find as time progresses. For older PCs, it’s still available, but may not be for much longer, especially with DDR5 supposed to be released later in 2021. To find out what DDR your sticks are, simply take a look at them – it should be printed right on there. While these options here are primarily for PCs, many current laptops are a bit different when it comes to the installation process, and some manufacturers have started to prevent users from upgrading at all. One final thought before buying: take a look at your motherboard manufacturer’s webpage, which should have a QVL, or Qualified Vendor List. This will show you what RAM kits are compatible, as they’ve been safely tested by the company to run with your machine. 1. Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 DRAM. At just 34mm high, these powerful sticks are sure to fit in even a small PC. The solid aluminum structure does a nice job of dissipating heat from each module, maintaining consistently reliable speed and performance. There’s plenty of headroom for overclocking, increased bandwidth and bus frequency (over 3200MHz), and less power consumption at just 1.20V. Lagging and lockups and other odd behavior is kept to a minimum after installing, saving you a ton of troubleshooting headaches. It’s optimized for DDR4, and particularly for AMD and Intel X99 series motherboards, but available in a range of frequencies (and colors) to fit your customized build. And if you’ve got Intel XMP 2.0, installation is even simpler – just one setting and you’re all set up. Amazon Buy: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 DRAM at $75.99 2. G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB. G.SKILL is among the most well-known and trusted manufacturers of memory for all levels of PC builders, and this colorful kit will ramp up your RAM as well as your machine’s inner aesthetics. Visually it’s dazzling, with customizable RGB colored lights, but there’s more than just pretty aesthetics here. G.SKILL’s engineering is on-point too, including a hairline finished aluminum, and an award-winning Trident Z heatspreader design. The 16GB DDR4 dual channel kit includes two matched 8GB modules, ready to run at speeds up to 3200MHz and backed by a lifetime warranty. Amazon Buy: G.SKILL TridentZ RGB Series 16GB at $84.99 3. HyperX Fury 16GB 3733MHz DDR4 RAM. If you’re starting to notice your machine being sluggish, or have just been putting off upgrading for too long, HyperX’s Fury is an easy fix. With speeds up to 3773MHz, this high-performance DDR4 upgrade features an updated low-profile heat spreader design to stay cool under pressure. Slowdowns and annoying slideshow-effects in gaming are cut down tremendously, and those using creative suite software for editing will breathe easier when they see how much rendering speeds increase. The set is compatible with the latest Intel and AMD CPUs, and backed by a lifetime warranty policy. Amazon   Buy: HyperX Fury 16GB 3733MHz DDR4 RAM at 4. Crucial Ballistix RGB 3200 MHz DDR4 16GB. These colorful bars feature some cool aesthetic extras, like the opportunity to 3D print your own lightbar along the top, and 16 RGB LEDs that can be controlled and customized with software (including Crucial’s app). 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                            [body] => Speed up your computer by adding more RAM Posted on May 5, 2021 Like my tips?  Click here to sign up for my free Daily Tech Tips Newsletter and you’ll never miss one! If you’re thinking about spending a few bucks to upgrade your PC you’re probably wondering what to upgrade in order to get  the most bang for the buck. In most cases, except for adding a solid state drive, adding more RAM will do more to speed up your computer than any other upgrade you can make.  Why? Because Microsoft Windows and many of the most popular applications that run on it are resource hogs. If you run two or three apps simultaneously they must dance around one another as Windows constantly “swaps” part of their code and data between RAM and the hard drive, often bogging the computer down to a snail’s pace. Adding more RAM could result in less “swapping”, and therefore faster system performance. Luckily for us, adding RAM is usually one of the fastest and easiest DIY upgrades one can make. It’s so easy in fact that virtually anyone can do it on virtually and desktop PC and many laptops. That being said, here are a few things to consider before buying more RAM for your PC: 1 – Make sure you buy the correct kind of memory sticks. Most newer computers use either DDR4 or DDR3 RAM modules. If your system is old enough to use either DDR2 or even plain DDR RAM it probably wouldn’t make sense to pay for an upgrade. The money you would spend for a RAM upgrade would likely be better spent if you applied it towards the purchase of a new computer. A quick way to find out which type of RAM your PC uses is to type the model number of the computer along with the word “RAM” into Google and visit a couple of sites until you find the information. You can also usually find the RAM type listed on the side of the box the computer came in should you still have it lying around somewhere. Important: You will also need to know the maximum amount of memory your computer supports. For example, on my laptop that happens to be 16GB. Your computer might support more or less. Just be aware that you can only add RAM until the total amount installed equals the maximum amount that the system can handle. Another fast and easy way to find out which type of RAM your computer requires is to visit www.crucial.com and run their “System Scanner” tool. You’ll see the link to it right on the home page. This tool is 100% safe and it works extremely well. In addition to the type of RAM you need to buy, the scanner will also tell you how many empty slots are available. Sometimes there will be two or more, other times there will be none. If your PC has no empty slots available you’ll have to remove a couple of the existing RAM modules and replace them with the new ones so be sure to take that into consideration when deciding how much RAM to purchase. For example, if your PC currently has two 4GB modules installed with two slots RAM slots empty, you would need to purchase two additional 4GB modules and place them into the empty slots in order to increase the total RAM to 16GB. However, if your machine only has two RAM slots and each of them currently holds a 4GB stick, you’d need to remove the two 4GB sticks and replace with with two 8GB sticks to bump the total amount of system RAM up to 16GB. 2 – It’s best to always install new memory modules in matching pairs. While it is often possible to add a single new RAM module in most computers, adding two or four at a time could make the system run faster and experience fewer random “hiccups”. 3 – Always purchase RAM with the same exact specs as the modules that are already installed. Mixing RAM modules with different memory specs often causes problems with system stability. If the memory you wish to install is faster than the PC’s existing system memory, consider removing all of the old memory sticks and replacing them with new ones, especially if the motherboard can support the faster speeds. In the long run you’ll be glad you did. By the way, the Crucial System Scanner mentioned above is an awesome tool for determining the type of RAM you need to purchase because it’ll analyze your computer’s hardware and give you the exact specs for the RAM you’ll need to purchase in order to complete the upgrade. 4 – Even some older computers can benefit greatly from RAM upgrades, specially if you’re planning to ditch Windows and replace it with Linux. The problem is you might not be able to find the older type of memory sticks your computer needs in your local Best Buy or other retailer. If that turns out to be the case, don’t despair. You’ll likely find exactly what you need on eBay or Craigslist. 5 – If you don’t feel comfortable working with the components inside your PC, you can probably hire the neighborhood computer pro (most likely a tech savvy teenager) to install your new memory for you. Alternatively, you can take your computer into the nearest computer repair shop or to Best Buy’s Geek Squad and have them install it for you. And depending on your skill level (and confidence level) it might be best to take your laptop to a shop for the upgrade if it’s a newer model that must be partially disassembled in order to complete the RAM upgrade. If you’d like to install your new RAM modules yourself, here are a couple of short videos that show how to do it: 1 – If you have a laptop that has a removable trap door over the RAM slots… 2 – If your computer is a Desktop model… Note: Your laptop or desktop computer might well be different than the ones seen in the videos, but once you have the cover open the procedure for adding/replacing RAM will be more or less the same. However, as I mentioned above, some laptop models don’t have removable covers over the RAM slots at all. That means the entire case will need to be at least partially disassembled in order to access the RAM slots. If your laptop happens to fall into this category you might want to consider paying a computer tech to install the new RAM sticks for you. Bottom line: A RAM upgrade can often breathe new life into a computer by making it run faster and with fewer random glitches. Bonus tip: This post explains how you can speed up your computer even more by replacing its hard drive with a super-fast SSD! If you found this post useful, would you mind helping me out by sharing it? Just click one of the handy social media sharing buttons below. Thanks a bunch! Computer Tips Smartphone Tips Blogging Tips Tech Q & A Reviews Tech News Write for RicksDailyTips.com Scam alerts Downloads This blog uses cookies to ensure that you receive the best experience on my website. Please click 'Accept Cookies' to continue.Accept CookiesRead our Privacy Policy
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                            [body] => How to install RAM: It's not as simple as downloading more RAM By Mark Knapp published 17 December 21 Fill those RAM slots . (Image: © Shutterstock) Knowing how to install RAM is necessary whether you’re trying to build a new PC or simply upgrading the memory in your current PC. Unless you want to keep replacing your computer or laptop every couple of years, you’ll appreciate having this skill. It’ll save you money, extend your PC’s life and usefulness for a few more years, and save you all the frustration of having to deal with hair-pulling sluggish performance.Luckily, installing RAM is easy. It doesn’t get much simpler than this – at least when it comes to installing PC components. So, even if you haven’t done it before, you should be able to pick it up fairly quickly. You also have us to guide you through each and every step, and in great detail so you won’t make any critical mistakes. We'll also provide some additional information to make sure you're getting the most out of even the best RAM.Here’s how to install RAM, from figuring out which slots to fill to actually inserting it in.What is RAM, exactly?1. Consult your motherboard's manual . As easy as it is to pop RAM sticks into your motherboard, you also shouldn’t be cavalier about slotting it just anywhere where there’s a spot available. You want to make sure you're putting the RAM into the correct slots, after all, so you can get the full performance out of them. In addition, which slots you go with will also depend on how many RAM sticks you have. In a motherboard with two RAM slots, you can simply put your first stick of RAM into Slot 1 and a second stick into Slot 2. If you just have one stick, you don't have to fill Slot 2.In the case of a motherboard with four RAM slots, it's probable you'll want to install your first RAM stick into the slot labeled 1. A second stick should go into Slot 2, which isn't next to Slot 1. If you have a third stick, it would go into Slot 3, which will actually be between Slot 1 and Slot 2. Finally, a fourth stick would go into Slot 4.This isn’t a hard and fast rule, however. You must always consult your motherboard manual. That’s because motherboards may suggest installing RAM in a different order, such as Slot 2 > Slot 4 > Slot 1 > Slot 3. It all depends on your motherboard. Don't worry, though. Your computer should still work if you mix up the order. However, you could also miss out on multi-channel capabilities and not get optimal performance if you don't follow your motherboard's guidance.Notice the difference between the tab's open and closed positions (Image credit: Future)2. Open your RAM slots. Once you know where your RAM needs to go, you're ready to start installing. Each RAM slot will have two small clips at either side. Press these down to open them. They don't need to move very far, so don't use too much force.(Image credit: Future)3. Line up your RAM. RAM sticks are keyed, which means they have a gap in the connector that will ensure you can only insert them one way. Line up your RAM so that the gap on the connector corresponds with the RAM slot. (Image credit: Future)4. Insert the RAM. With your RAM lined up, gently press it down into the slot. When the RAM stick is fully depressed, the locking tabs at each side should click back into place. Once they have, you're all set.We'll show you how to build a PC Mark Knapp Over the last several years, Mark has been tasked as a writer, an editor, and a manager, interacting with published content from all angles. He is intimately familiar with the editorial process from the inception of an article idea, through the iterative process, past publishing, and down the road into performance analysis. See more how-to articles
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                            [body] => Installing RAM into a Desktop PC By Cris Silvestri | 6 years ago 0ShareWhen you’re looking to speed up an old PC, one of the first considerations to make is upgrading the RAM or hard drive. Both are relatively easy to do, and both are relatively cheap (as opposed to the cost of buying a new computer). And both can be executed by end users in seven easy steps. Adding RAM to a desktop PC will greatly enhance the system’s maneuverability when completing tasks. Opening windows, surfing the Web, and word processing are all RAM-intensive tasks, as are editing programs like Photoshop, or spreadsheet programs like Excel. Adding RAM to help alleviate the slow loading or execution of these programs will depend on a few factors—the age of your computer and operating system, motherboard slots open for RAM, and the maximum amount of RAM your system can handle. There are also some things that you need to consider before purchasing RAM. How much RAM do I have? On Windows 7 computers, click on the Windows tab, and right-click on My Computer (or go to Control Panel > System and Security and under System, click on View Amount of RAM and processor speed), on Windows 8.1, right-click on the Windows tab, click System. You should see a window that looks like this: This shows how much RAM your system currently contains. How much RAM can I install? Download the memory finder app at www.crucial.com. This small but useful tool will scan your system and return a report that tells you how much RAM your system can take, how much RAM you currently have, how many slots you have—both available and occupied—and even suggest which RAM to buy to upgrade. As you can see from this screenshot, this computer can take a maximum of 8GB of RAM, and there are four slots. How much RAM do I need? Much debate has been raged (okay, maybe raged is a bit demonstrative) over how much RAM is enough RAM. 4GB of RAM is usually good enough for most normal everyday tasks, including work productivity software like Microsoft Office, and multimedia viewing. When you make the jump to 8GB of RAM, you should see a difference in speed, your ability to multitask will improve, and overall system health should be nominal. But I have a desktop with 16GB of RAM and a laptop with 8GB of RAM, both using i7 processors, and I cannot honestly tell the difference in overall speed. Granted, the desktop has far more programs and a lot of other problems, and I certainly don’t regret 16GB of RAM (I got it on sale; it made sense when I constructed the computer), but if you’re cash-strapped, 8GB should be enough for most applications. If, however, you decide you need a souped-up machine to handle high-end graphics, and you have a blazing-fast processor and totally tricked-out graphics card, and you can afford 16GB of RAM and your PC can take it—it isn’t a bad investment. What kind of RAM do I need? There are many different kinds of RAM. This is where the Crucial memory finder really helps you out, taking all the guesswork out of finding which RAM is right for you. However, a couple of things you should know are your speed limitations, DDR type, and maximum memory limitations. DRAM (Dynamic RAM) is the RAM used in most desktop computers. It is referred to as DDR (double data rate) RAM, and it comes in four types: DDR, DDR2, DDR3, and DDR4. The original DDR RAM modules contained 184 pins, and reached a maximum speed of 400 MHz. We all thought that was enough, back in the day. But engineers learned how to increase the speed and reduce the voltage (keeping dangerous heat signatures from popping up in your computer’s interior) and they developed DDR2, which has 240 pins and reached speeds of 800 MHz. Along came new innovations, new technologies, and soon, new memory modules. DDR3 also has 240 pins, but could reach speeds that doubled that of its predecessor—1333 Mhz to 1866 Mhz. New DDR4 memory (supported by Haswell chipsets) with tops speeds of 3200 MHz will double the transfer speed of DDR3, and use less power. Do I buy two sticks of higher-capacity memory or four sticks of lower memory? A common misconception about RAM is that you can put any RAM into any slot. You can do that, but it won’t work, or it will work ineffectively. If you have four RAM slots, always buy matched pairs of RAM (two sticks from the same company, same speed, and same capacity) for the best results. So, in this case, where there are four slots, the RAM should have been placed in quantities of 2, 4, 6, or 8. For instance, it should have 1GB of RAM in one slot, then each successive slot should have been filled with the exact same 1GB RAM module, which would have given me options of 1GB (single 1GB of RAM in first slot only), 2GB (two 1GB modules in two slots, or 4GB (four 1GB modules in each slot). I would not have opted for 3GB of RAM, because I am not using matched pairs—it would have worked, but it would not have been as effective as matching the pairs. Consequently, I could have started just a single 2GB module, then matched it with another for 4GB, or matched it with three more for 8GB. In that scenario, I would not have gone for 6GB, which would have resulted in an uneven pair of RAM in the four slots. I certainly should not have opted for what it is now—a 2GB module, a 1GB module, a 2GB module, and another 1GB module for 6GB total. However, even that is preferable over three slots filled with 2GB modules, since the 2GB modules are a pair, and the 1GB modules are technically another pair. The reasoning behind this has mostly to do with RAM efficiency and motherboard processing speed, especially on older boards. It puts a strain on the memory controller to hop around to different-sized modules, and increases the RAM voltage while decreasing the speed. It also affects the timing of the RAM—if it has to hop from 2GB to 2GB, then 1GB to 2GB, then 1GB to 1GB, this is all processor intensive. If it’s simply hopping from 2GB to 2GB to 2GB to 2GB of the same memory matched pairs, there’s a lot less hopping around to do on your Northridge. If you’re using newer motherboards, the IMC (integrated memory controller) was moved from the Northbridge and integrated into the CPU. But it still makes sense to pair up RAM for best performance. Imagine that you have two slots filled with 4GB chips, the maximum this computer can take. Now the controller only needs to hop between two banks while utilizing the same amount of memory. You get 8GB of RAM, and only have to access the two banks. And since RAM is manufactured with very slight inconsistencies in each lot number, you want to try to buy your RAM all from the same make, model, and manufacturer. Will my computer use the entire RAM? The answer is: maybe. It depends on what you’re using the computer for. Certain processes use RAM much more than others; for instance, previewing video is RAM intensive, as is opening multiple windows in Web browsers. Think of RAM as a bus stop for parking data. One or two buses come in; you load them up with passengers, and they move out. Ten or fifteen buses come in at once, and suddenly you have a queue of passengers, and you’re trying your hardest to ferry people on and off. Extra RAM is extra buses. Extra buses means less bottlenecking and congestion. Less bottlenecking and congestion leads to smoother service. But if you don’t have a lot of passengers and you have forty buses, then you obviously aren’t using every bus. Buy the number of buses you need, with a few extras in case of emergencies. But you don’t have to buy the depot. HOW TO INSTALL RAM, IN SEVEN EASY STEPS  ^ Make sure to use a static-free work area when beginning any component change in your computer, and make sure the computer is unplugged. Keep pets away. Clear away any paper, tape, and electrical devices (including your smartphone) from the area. Always touch the metal chassis of your computer to ground yourself and draw away any static electricity.  ^ This is a motherboard. The RAM slots, at the right, are red and yellow. Find out how much memory your computer can handle, and how much you want to add (see steps 1 and 2 above).  ^ There are four slots here. If using unbalanced RAM (a 2GB and a 4GB module, for instance) pair up RAM in slots 1 and 3 or 2 and 4. If there is old RAM here and you are going to use it, pair the new RAM correctly. Try not to put three modules in a 4 module slot. It will be less effective.  ^ Unhinge the clips (on some motherboards, there is one clip, on others there are two—one on each end). Unseat the old RAM by pulling on each end, wiggling it up and down just a bit. Do not wiggle it from side to side.  ^ Make sure that the pins and cutout on the RAM match the slot before placing the new RAM (if you purchased it according to the steps above, they should match). Never force a RAM module into a slot that doesn’t match the notch on the module.  ^ Make sure the RAM is seated securely; it takes a slight amount of force. If positioned properly, it usually snaps the retaining hinge into place. Unseated RAM is the major cause of the RAM not being recognized by the computer OS.    ^ Plug the computer back in and start it up. On Windows 7 computers, click on the Windows tab, and right-click on My Computer (or go to Control Panel  > System and Security  > and under System, click on View Amount of RAM and processor speed), on Windows 8.1, right-click on the Windows tab, click System. Your new RAM should be seen immediately.  So that’s how you install RAM, with a brief primer on what RAM is and how it works. Remember, installing RAM on a Mac computer is very different (and in some cases impossible) as is installing RAM on certain laptops. Remember to check the manufacturer’s website for the maximum amount of RAM your computer or laptop can take, and then get to it. It’s the easiest way to upgrade your computer, and you’ll see the benefits almost immediately. #HardDriveWeek Share a photo of your current Hard Drive setup with the tag #HardDriveWeek on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to win a brand-new hard drive! To read more articles in our Hard Drive Week series, click here. Latest Articles. 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                            [body] => How to add RAM to a computer Rather than spend a fortune on a new PC, why not upgrade the RAM on your existing system? A cheap upgrade can speed up performance and keep it running for years to come. Older or cheaper computers tended to come with the minimum amount of memory (RAM) needed to run the operating system that it came with. This means that they can be very slow when trying to run a couple of applications or utilities. It also means that if you upgrade the operating system to a more recent version, say Windows 8 or the upcoming Windows 10, it will get slower still.    Boost your memory easily. However, most desktop and notebook PCs can be easily upgraded, and the price of memory makes it a cheap way to upgrade a computer and keep it running, rather than having to spend lots of money on a new PC. To upgrade, you need to find out a few things first. What type of memory is installed in your system? Are there any free memory slots in your PC? And where will you get your new memory from? If you have Windows 7, type "how much RAM is on this computer" in the Start Menu and it will show you a Control Panel page, under the system information is the amount of installed memory in gigabytes (GB). If this shows 1GB or 2GB, you really need to upgrade it to 4GB. Only if you need lots of applications open at once, like Microsoft Office or video or photo editing apps, would you need 8GB.  Then you need to find out what type of memory your PC uses, this can be found out in the manual, if you have it to hand or you can use a website, such as memory supplier Crucial. This downloads a small tool that will check your system and show you what memory you need. It will also show you how many memory banks you have free, and what your options for upgrading are.    Related Content. Technology History and usage of photo manipulation and Photoshop. Technology How to find your friends on Facebook. Technology April's Must Have Gadgets. Managing your Money Could Your Old & Dusty Mobile Phones Make You Some Money? There are many types of RAM. The terminology is rather scary but easy to break down. So, a "1GB DDR3 PC3-12800 Unbuffered NON-ECC 1.35V" RAM is simply a 1GB piece of memory, DDR3 is the type, PC3-12800 is the speed and "Unbuffered NON-ECC" refers to its features, while 1.35V is the voltage. As long as you buy memory that matches your existing type, you can upgrade.  Common upgrades include adding 1GB to an existing 1GB to make 2GB, or you can add 2GB to 2GB to make 4GB. If your PC only has one memory slot, you will need to replace the original RAM with the new one - buying one 4GB piece of RAM would make sense.  Of course, you don't have to buy your memory from Crucial, as there are many other sources, such as local PC stores, major PC retailers, or other online stores. Shop around and find the best deal for you. If you don't want to install the RAM yourself (it can be quite a fiddly process), a local computer repair store will happily do it for you, and test it to make sure it works.      
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This is where RAM (random-access memory) comes in. Acting as a form of temporary storage for data that can be accessed by your processor, RAM dramatically increases the rate at which your machine can perform operations. This explanation is quite basic, only really scratching the surface of RAM’s role inside your PC. We have an excellent article that you can read if you would like to learn more about random access memory in greater detail. Related: A Quick and Dirty Guide to RAM: What You Need to Know Choosing Your RAM Upgrade. If you haven’t chosen your RAM upgrade already, there are a few different factors to consider when you are shopping for a component like this. You need to be very careful with this; not all RAM packages will work with your machine. DIMM Slot Compatability: DIMM slots are the connectors on your motherboard that house your sticks of RAM. Several generations of DIMM slots have been available over the years, with the vast majority of modern motherboards being home to DDR4 DIMM slots. RAM is not cross-compatible, and this means that you need to make sure that your slots correspond to the RAM you purchase. Motherboard Compatability: Alongside the type of slots your motherboard has, you also need to consider the speed of the RAM you purchase. This is measured in MHz, and you can find out which speeds your motherboard can handle inside its manual. DIMM Slot Availability: Most modern motherboards will have four available RAM slots, though some will have as few as two and others will have eight plus. You need to pick a RAM upgrade kit that will fit on the motherboard you already have. RAM Capacity: RAM kits come in a variety of different sizes. Your motherboard will have a limit to the amount of RAM it can use, but you don’t always need to reach this limit to maximize your performance. We have an excellent article that can help you to figure out how much RAM you actually need. With all of that out of the way, it’s time to learn how to add RAM to a PC. Related: Samsung Unveils an HKMG-Based 512GB DDR5 RAM Module How to Install or Upgrade RAM. Learning how to install RAM is possibly the easiest process you can go through with PC hardware. You won’t need to play with screws or cables, and the whole job can be completed within a few minutes once you know what you’re doing. You can find a step-by-step process with images below that will show you exactly how to install RAM below. RAM Installation Safety. Safety is incredibly important when you are working with computer hardware. You need to make sure that your PC is off and unplugged before you touch anything inside, but you also need to ground yourself. This can be achieved by touching the outside of your power supply when plugged in or using an anti-static wristband/mat as you go through the process. Of course, you should also avoid touching components like capacitors as you work on your machine. Step 1: Read Your Motherboard Manual. When you have more than one stick of RAM in your machine, you can improve its performance by having it run in dual-or quad-channel modes. You will need to use the right DIMM slots to achieve this. Your motherboard’s manual will tell you which of your slots are connected like this, but they will usually also be made from the same colored plastic to make it easier. We are installing dual-channel memory and will be using the slots shown in the next step. Step 2: Remove Your Old RAM (Optional). If you already have RAM installed, you may need to remove it if you will be replacing it entirely with your RAM upgrade. This can be done by pressing down on the tabs at both ends of your DIMM slots until the sticks pop out. Step 3: Open Your DIMM Slots. Most motherboards will be shipped with their DIMM slots closed, and this means that you will need to open them before you can continue. The small tabs at each end of your DIMM slots can be pressed down, and this is all you need to do to open them. In some cases, you will only need to do this at one end of your DIMM slot. DDR4 memory often only has one tab that can move, while older form factors, like DDR3, will open at both ends. Step 4: Line Up Your RAM. RAM can only be installed in one orientation and you need to make sure that you line it up correctly before you attempt to install it. There will be a small indent in the contacts on your sticks of RAM that will correspond with a small barrier inside the DIMM slot itself to show you which direction to install it. Step 5: Insert Your RAM. With your RAM lined up, it will be time to insert it into its slot. If your DIMM slot only has one open tab, you will need to insert the RAM into the end that doesn’t open first. If your DIMM slot has two open tabs, you will need to insert the RAM evenly. Once you have your RAM resting in the slot, you should push down on both ends of it until you feel/hear a click and see the tab(s) close to secure it. New motherboards often feel quite stiff and you may need to apply a bit of pressure to make this happen. If your motherboard is flexing or the DIMM slot moves, you should stop and make sure that you have followed the other steps correctly. Related: Common PC Building Mistakes Beginners Make—and How to Avoid Them Step 6: Boot Your PC Into the BIOS. Once you have your new RAM installed on your motherboard, it will be time to make sure that it is working properly. This can be done by booting the machine and entering your UEFI BIOS. Most PCs will show you which key you need to press to enter the BIOS as you boot them, with common examples being DEL and F12. You will need to press this key as soon as you can once the motherboard splash screen appears. Step 7: Check Your RAM Speeds & Add XMP. You will usually be able to find a System Information section within your computer’s BIOS. This will tell you how much RAM you have installed and the speed that it is running. If you are running dual-channel memory, the speed will sometimes show as half of the actual speed it says on your kit, though this is nothing to worry about. Make sure that your memory is running at the speed stated on the pack you’ve bought. If it is lower than the speed you were expecting, you can follow the next step to fix this issue. Add an XMP Profile (Optional). An XMP profile is a premade set of settings that enables you to reach the right speed with your RAM without having to adjust it manually. You may need to consult your motherboard’s manual and the instructions that came with your RAM to choose the right profile. Once an XMP profile is added, you shouldn’t notice any issues with your PC. If it starts to blue screen or has performance issues, though, you may need to go back and choose a different profile to fix the issue. Adding More RAM to Your PC. Learning how to upgrade RAM is one of the easiest improvements you can make to your PC. Depending on what you use your machine for, you may notice a significant performance increase once this job is complete. Of course, though, there are plenty of other upgrades that you can make to further improve your PC’s performance. RAM vs. VRAM: What's the Difference? When building a gaming PC, knowing which memory to use is essential. So, what's the difference between RAM and VRAM? Read Next Share Share Tweet Email Related Topics DIY Computer Memory PC About The Author Samuel L. Garbett (24 Articles Published) Samuel is a UK-based technology writer with a passion for all things DIY. Having started businesses in the fields of web development and 3D printing, along with working as a writer for many years, Samuel offers a unique insight into the world of technology. Focusing mainly on DIY tech projects, he loves nothing more than sharing fun and exciting ideas that you can try at home. Outside of work, Samuel can usually be found cycling, playing PC video games, or desperately attempting to communicate with his pet crab. More From Samuel L. Garbett Subscribe to our newsletter. Join our newsletter for tech tips, reviews, free ebooks, and exclusive deals! Click here to subscribe Read Next. 14 Ways to Make Windows 10 Faster and Improve Performance . 22 Online Shopping Sites With Free 2-Day Shipping Like Amazon . How to Install WSL 2 on Windows 10 . Microsoft To Do vs. Taskade: Which Task Management Tool Is Better? . Google Drive No Longer Hosts Files in Multiple Locations: Here's What to Do . 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                            [body] => How to Upgrade the System Memory or RAM in a Dell Computer This article provides information about upgrading the system memory or RAM on a Dell computer. Identifying the correct memory type, the number of modules that are supported on a computer, and the maximum memory that is supported is important to understand before purchasing or upgrading the memory on a computer. Summary: This article provides information about upgrading the system memory or RAM on a Dell computer. Identifying the correct memory type, the number of modules that are supported on a computer, and the maximum memory that is supported is important to understand before purchasing or upgrading the memory on a computer.See less This article provides information about upgrading the system memory or RAM on a Dell computer. Identifying the correct memory type, the number of modules that are supported on aSee more . Article Content Article Properties Rate This Article This article may have been automatically translated. If you have any feedback regarding its quality, please let us know using the form at the bottom of this page. Article Content. Symptoms. What is RAM or System Memory? Random Access Memory (RAM) also known as system memory, main memory, primary memory is a computer's temporary data storage device. It stores the information that the computer is actively using so that it can be accessed quickly. The more programs your computer is running, the more memory it uses to perform properly. Cause. What is the benefit of upgrading the memory? Upgrading the system memory or RAM helps improve the overall performance of the computer. Improve application performance while multitasking. Improve gaming performance, and so on. To improve the performance of a computer, sometimes a RAM or system memory upgrade is recommended. An upgrade means adding memory modules along with the existing ones or replacing the old ones with a set of new modules with higher capacity. NOTE: The system memory (RAM) cannot be upgraded on certain Dell laptops because the system memory (RAM) is integrated into the system board. Resolution. How to identify and upgrade the system memory (RAM) on a computer? What type of system memory (RAM) does the computer support? Desktop computers support DIMM modules, and laptops support SODIMM. There is a significant physical size difference between these two types of memory modules. It is also important to understand which generation of system memory (RAM) your computer supports. For example - DDR2, DDR3, DDR4, DDR4L. System boards are designed to support only one generation of system memory (RAM). See the User Manual of your Dell computer for model-specific information. WARNING: Installing an incorrect or unsupported type of system memory (RAM) on the computer may cause physical damage to either the module or the slot on the system board. What is the maximum capacity that is supported by the computer? Every computer is designed to work with a minimum and maximum capacity of memory. For example, a particular Dell desktop or laptop may support a minimum of 2 GB and maximum 16 GB of memory. See the User Manual of your Dell computer for model-specific information. Every computer has a specific number of memory slots on the system board. Often laptops have 2 memory slots, and desktops may have more than 2. For example, if your laptop with 2 memory slots supports a maximum of 16 GB of memory, you can install 2 x 8 GB memory modules. See the User Manual of your Dell computer for model-specific information. If the computer is installed with a 32-bit version of Windows or other operating systems, the operating system can only recognize 4 GB of memory. Adding a higher capacity memory in such cases does not improve the performance as the operating system cannot take advantage of the available memory. A 64-bit version of operating system can support system memory that is greater than 4 GB. Purchase the new memory modules. Dell Memory Selector website helps easily identify and purchase a compatible memory module that your Dell computer supports. NOTE: Dell Memory Selector is available in select countries only. Install the modules in the computer. To install the memory modules in the computer, see the Service Manual of your Dell computer for model-specific information. CAUTION: Dell recommends following the Safety Precautions when Working with Electrical Equipment. Additional Information. How to Upgrade Memory or RAM on a Dell Computer. Duration: 03:23Closed captions: Video is in English. Translated subtitles are available for some languages. Dell Knowledge Base articles. What is Memory (RAM)? 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                            [body] => HP Desktop PCs - Upgrading Memory (RAM) Finding memory information for your computer model (amount installed, maximum allowed, and type of memory) Verifying how much memory can be added to your computer model Installing memory in your desktop computer What to do if problems occur after installing memory Maximum memory supported by operating system Memory module frequently asked questions Buying computer memory This document pertains to HP and Compaq desktop computers. Upgrading memory helps improve system performance. By following the step-by-step instructions in this document, you can successfully upgrade random-access memory (RAM) for all HP and Compaq desktop and Slimline computers. While the graphics might not match your specific computer model, the steps will work. Read all instructions carefully before attempting memory installation. note: Do not purchase memory modules until you know the type of memory used by the computer, the maximum amount of memory the computer can use, and the memory slot configuration. Finding memory information for your computer model (amount installed, maximum allowed, and type of memory). Important memory upgrade information is in the specifications document for your HP computer. To find product specifications, browse to the Product Information category on the support page for your computer model. Alternatively, you can search for your product specifications by doing the following: In the Search field (or Questions or keywords field) at the top of this page, type your computer model number, a space, and the word specifications. For example, if you owned an HP Pavilion p6-2003w Desktop PC, you would type: p6-2003w specifications Click the link on the search results page that matches the product specifications for your computer model. Refer to the Memory section within the product specifications document for memory information specific to your computer. Among the information listed, take note of the following items. This information will be useful when purchasing memory and when performing the next steps. This information may be listed under Memory Upgrade Information. Amount of memory installed - The current amount of memory installed on your computer. Go to Verifying how much memory can be added to verify the amount of memory installed. Maximum memory allowed - Subtract the amount of memory already installed from the maximum amount supported by the system to determine how much memory to get. You can also buy the maximum amount allowed and replace the currently installed memory. Once you know the maximum for your system, check Maximum memory supported by operating system to see how much memory your version of Windows will support. Use the lower of these two numbers as your maximum memory. Type of memory (including speed) - It is recommended to get the same type of memory (same size, same speed, same manufacturer) for each slot. For best performance, get the fastest memory that the motherboard supports.   caution: Due to the variety of possible configurations, some motherboards might not be able to properly configure memory if the array of dual in-line memory modules (DIMMs) contains a DIMM that is not from the same manufacturer, has a different CAS latency value, or has a different density value (high and low used together). Make sure all DIMMs meet the requirements of for the motherboard (the information listed in product specifications), have the same part number, are from the same manufacturer, and meet the basic memory requirements for your motherboard. If not, make sure that you can return the memory if it is not recognized by the system after you install the new memory. Verifying how much memory can be added to your computer model. Prior to upgrading memory, you need to verify how much memory you currently have installed to determine how much memory can be added. Use the steps for the BIOS version on your computer to find the exact memory configuration and how much memory can be purchased and installed. Select the BIOS version for your computer. If you do not know which BIOS version your computer has, use the steps from one to see if the steps work. If not, use the other section. Finding your memory configuration in BIOS version 7 or greater. Follow these steps to check your computer memory in the BIOS: Turn off the computer and wait five seconds. In Windows 8, fully shut down the computer by using the following steps: Press the Windows + I key. The Settings charm opens on the right edge of the screen. Click Power, press and hold the Shift key, and then select Shut down. Turn on the computer. When the first screen displays, immediately press the F10 key repeatedly, about once every second, until the Computer Setup program opens. In the BIOS Setup utility, click File, then click System Information. Look for the memory information. To find the total amount of memory that can be added, subtract the amount of memory currently in the computer from the maximum amount of memory the computer can hold. To see the maximum memory the computer can hold, go to Finding memory information for your computer model. To find the amount of memory per slot, divide the maximum amount of memory that the computer can hold by the number of memory slots on the motherboard. Usually, this is the maximum amount for each memory socket. For example, if the computer is capable of holding a maximum of 4096 MB (4 GB) of memory and the motherboard has four memory slots, install 1 GB (or less) per slot. Finding your memory configuration in BIOS version 6 or less. Follow these steps to check your computer memory in the BIOS: Turn off the computer and wait five seconds. Turn on the computer. When the first screen displays, do one of the following: Immediately press the F10 key if your computer was built in 2006 or later (came with Windows Vista or Windows 7). Press the key once every second until a BIOS Setup utility screen opens. Immediately press the F1 key if your computer was built before 2006 (Windows XP or earlier). Press the key once every second until a BIOS Setup utility screen opens. note: On some Compaq Presario computers (before 2002), press the F10 key at the logo screen. From the Main screen look at the Installed Memory line. This is the total amount of memory currently installed and the speed at which it is currently operating. Next, look at the Memory Bank information. The number of banks is equal to the number of memory slots on the motherboard. The number next to each memory bank is the amount of memory for the module that is installed in that bank. If no amount is listed, that memory slot (bank) is empty. To find the total amount of memory that can be added, subtract the amount of memory currently in the computer from the maximum amount of memory the computer can hold. To see the maximum memory the computer can hold, go to Finding memory information for your computer model. To find the amount of memory per slot, divide the maximum amount of memory that the computer can hold by the number of memory slots on the motherboard. Usually, this is the maximum amount for each memory socket. For example, if the computer is capable of holding a maximum of 4096 MB (4 GB) of memory and the motherboard has four memory slots, install 1 GB (or less) per slot. Installing memory in your desktop computer. Use the following steps to install memory in an HP or Compaq desktop computer. After reviewing the following steps, if you are not confident in performing the installation yourself, contact an HP authorized distributor for technical assistance. note: If someone other than HP installs or upgrades the memory, any damage caused by the memory and/or by a person trying to install or upgrade the memory is excluded from coverage under the product warranty. The customer assumes all risk and liability for damages for any such installation or upgrade. note: Important! You might find that your HP or Compaq computer is able to support a physical installation of 4 GB or more memory. However, this maximum memory might be further limited by the operating system not being able to address the full range of physical memory. 32-bit operating systems, such as 32-bit types of Windows 7, Vista, and XP, can address approximately 3.3 GB. This limitation is present on all 32-bit hardware and 32-bit operating systems and is not limited to HP and Compaq PC systems or Microsoft software operating systems. See Maximum memory supported by operating system for more information. Step 1: Opening the access panel to install memory in your desktop computer. Use the following steps to open the case:   warning: The edges of metal panels can cut skin. Be careful not to slide skin along any interior metal edge of the computer.   caution: This product contains components that can be damaged by electrostatic discharge (ESD). To reduce the chance of ESD damage, work over a non-carpeted floor, use a static dissipative work surface (such as a conductive foam pad), and wear an ESD wrist strap connected to a grounded surface. note: If you need product model specific graphics and instructions for opening the PC, search for a support article that specifically pertains to your computer. In the Search field (or Questions or keywords field) at the top of this page, type your computer model number, a space, and the words "opening the case." Turn off the computer and unplug all cables, except for power, and write down each cable location. Unplug the power cable and press the Power button. If possible, move the computer to a clear, flat, stable work surface over an uncarpeted floor. Remove the panel retaining screws. Slide off the panel to expose the inside of the computer. If opening the case is difficult, search for a support article that specifically pertains to your computer. In the Search field (or Questions or keywords field) at the top of this page, type your computer model number, a space, and the words "opening the case." Step 2: Determine if memory needs to be removed before installing additional memory in your desktop computer. Use the following steps to locate the memory sockets: Look inside the computer and locate the memory modules on the motherboard. Memory modules are long thin boards, short in height, that stick up from the motherboard at a 90-degree angle. note: On many Slimline computers, you may have to temporarily remove a case fan and/or slide out the CD/DVD drive in order to view the memory slots. Do one of the following, depending on the socket configuration. If the computer has an open socket, continue to add an additional memory module into the open socket. If the computer does not have an empty socket, skip to the next step to remove a memory or continuity module. This has to be done before adding a new memory module. Account for how much memory will be removed before purchasing your upgraded memory module(s). Step 3: Remove a memory or continuity module in your desktop computer. Continuity modules do not contain memory, but are placeholders to close the memory circuit. Use the following steps to remove a memory or continuity module: Pull out, and then press down on the holding clips that retain the memory modules. The memory modules should rise up slightly out of the socket. Pull out the memory and place it in a static-safe container. Step 4: Add a memory module in your desktop computer. Use the following steps to insert a memory module into an empty socket: Align the slots in the memory module to the notches in the memory socket. Push straight down on top ends of the memory module until the memory module is fully seated in the socket. The retaining clips on the ends of the socket lock into place when properly seated. Step 5: Replace the cover after installing memory in your desktop computer. Use the following steps to replace the cover: Slide movable bays and sections back into their original positions and secure with screws. Align the panel or cover with the respective slots in the sides of the computer case. Slide the panel or cover into place and tighten screws. Reinstall cables. Plug the power cord in last. Turn on the computer. If the computer does not start or a beep code sounds, use the next section to troubleshoot the problem. If the computer starts, make sure that the new memory amount displays in the BIOS (as is shown in the section Verify how much memory can be added). What to do if problems occur after installing memory. If the computer does not start properly after replacing the memory (the screen will remain black and the computer will turn itself off within a few seconds), or if there are memory errors (including beeps) after the computer starts, try the following steps: Reseat the new memory module by following the steps in the Installing memory section. Remove the new memory module and clean the groove in the socket that the module sits in. Use a can of compressed air with a straw-type extender and safety glasses. Check other cable connections inside the computer. Reseat any cables that were disconnected or partially unseated. Remove the new memory module and try starting the computer again. If the computer starts, make sure you purchased the right type and compatible size of memory (see Finding memory information for your computer model and Verifying how much memory can be added). You can remove and reference from the memory module that originally came installed in the computer. If possible, make sure all memory modules in your configuration are from the same manufacturer and share the same model number. If the computer still does not restart properly, remove the replacement memory, reinstall the original memory, and verify that the computer can operate in its original configuration. Maximum memory supported by operating system. Use the tables below to determine the amount of memory supported by the version of Windows installed on your HP desktop PC. Memory upgrades for Windows 10 Editions Windows 10 has a minimum memory requirement of 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit). Version of Windows 10 Maximum memory - 32 -bit (X86) Maximum memory - 64-bit (X64) Windows 10 Home 4 GB 128 GB Windows 10 Education 4 GB 2 TB Windows 10 Enterprise 4 GB 2 TB Windows 8 Pro 4 GB 2 TB Memory upgrades for Windows 8 Editions Windows 8 has a minimum memory requirement of 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit). Version of Windows 8 Maximum memory - 32 -bit (X86) Maximum memory - 64-bit (X64) Windows 8 4 GB 128 GB Windows 8 Enterprise 4 GB 512 GB Windows 8 Professional 4 GB 512 GB Memory upgrades for Windows 7 Editions Windows 7 has a minimum memory requirement of 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit). The maximum amount of memory depends on the edition used: Edition of Windows 7 Maximum memory Starter (32-bit or 64-bit) 2 GB Any 32-bit version of 7 (except Starter) 4 GB (approximately 3.3 GB available for use) Home Basic 64-bit 8 GB Home Premium 64-bit 16 GB Enterprise 64-bit 192 GB Business 64-bit 192 GB Ultimate 64-bit 192 GB Memory upgrades for Windows Vista Editions Windows Vista comes in a variety of editions. All versions of Vista have a minimum memory requirement of 512 MB (1 GB to take advantage of certain premium features, such as Aero graphics). The maximum amount of memory depends on the edition used: Edition of Windows Vista Maximum addressable memory Starter (32-bit) 1 GB Any 32-bit version of Vista 4 GB (approximately 3.3 GB available for use) Home Basic 64-bit 8 GB Home Premium 64-bit 16 GB Business 64-bit 128 GB Ultimate 64-bit 128 GB Memory upgrades for Windows XP Windows XP comes in 32-bit or 64-bit versions. The maximum amount of memory depends on the version used: Version of Windows XP Maximum addressable memory 32-bit 4 GB (approximately 3.3 GB available for use) 64-bit 128 GB Memory module frequently asked questions. Select a question to learn more about memory modules and their requirements: What is a DIMM? Dual in-line memory modules (DIMMs), used in desktop computers, are small circuit boards that can hold groups of memory chips. DIMMs provide a wider path with two rows of pins on a side, allowing for faster data transfer than single in-line memory modules (SIMMs). Like SIMMs, DIMMs might be manufactured single or double-sided. DIMMs do not have to be added in pairs and can be mixed with other DIMMs that have the same number of pins. For example, a 1-gigabyte (GB) DIMM can be added to the motherboard next to a 2 GB DIMM. note: DIMMs can only operate as fast as the speed of the system bus. If two or more DIMMs of different speeds are installed, the total speed of all installed memory is as fast as the DIMM with the lowest speed. DIMM modules for HP computers must meet the following requirements:. The number of pins on the DIMM must match the socket type. DDR memory requires a 184-pin slot and 2.5 operating voltage. DDR2 memory is not compatible with DDR1 memory and requires a 240-pin slot and 1.8 operating voltage. DDR3 memory can operate about twice the bandwidth of DDR2. DDR3 DIMMS are not compatible with DDR1 or DDR2 memory. DDR3 DIMMS require a 240-pin slot and 1.5 operating voltage. A slot for DDR3 memory is keyed differently than DDR2 or DDR. Do not attempt to install DDR3 memory into a motherboard designed for DDR or DDR2. Doing so can permanently damage the motherboard and DIMM. Synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM): Only use DDR type SDRAM memory if the computer came with DDR-SDRAM. What is an SO-DIMM? Small outline dual in-line memory modules (SO-DIMMs) are used in notebook computers and HP TouchSmart computers. They are smaller and thinner than other DIMMs, so are used when there is less space within a chassis. SO-DIMM modules for HP computers must meet the following requirements:. The number of pins on the SO-DIMM must match the socket type. SO-DIMM memory requires a 200-pin slot. DDR2 SO-DIMMs are not compatible with DDR1 DIMM and DDR2 DIMM memory modules. DDR3 SO-DIMMs are not compatible with DDR1 or DDR2 and use a 204 pin slot. With a computer running at a system bus of 533 MHz or 667 MHz, use a PC2-4200 (DDR2 DIMM 533) type. What is dual channel or triple channel mode? Certain memory modules can operate in multiple channel modes. The motherboard specifications for your computer contain dual channel mode information, if available and supported. Dual channel and triple channel memory mode provides increased performance over single channel mode. The following requirements must be met for the DDR memory to function in multiple channel mode: All DIMMS must be of the same density (256 MB, 512 MB, etc.) Same DRAM chip technology (x8 or x16). All either single-sided or dual-sided. DDR2 and DDR3 support Dual Channel mode. The same type of memory must be matched into the same matched slot for Channel A and Channel B. Usually the memory slots are color coded to make it easier to understand. DDR3 memory can support 3 DIMMs in Triple Channel mode. The same memory size and type needs to be installed into the matched DIMM slots for channels A, B and C. Usually the memory slots are color coded to make it easier to understand. note: Motherboards with Intel i945G or i945P chipsets; with DDR2-667 memory modules using one Gigabit technology perform as DDR2-533 memory modules. If faster DDR2-667 memory modules are used, they must be 256 or 512 Megabit. Buying computer memory. HP recommends purchasing memory directly from HP, an authorized HP dealer, or from a reputable computer parts supplier. You can buy computer memory from most local electronic stores or online shopping sites. Many online site, such as www.crucial.com (for Europe and Americas), partner with HP to automatically suggest the correct type of memory based on the model of your computer. Before purchasing memory, make sure you know how much memory you need and what type of memory is compatible with your computer as shown in the other sections of this support document. Z7_3054ICK0KGTE30AQO5O3KA3016 hp-feedback-input-portlet . Actions ${title} Loading... Z7_3054ICK0KGTE30AQO5O3KA30H4 hp-feedback-banner-portlet . Actions ${title} Loading... Z7_3054ICK0KGTE30AQO5O3KA30H5 hp-country-locator-portlet . Actions ${title} Loading... Country/Region: United Kingdom Select a location. Americas. Europe, Middle East, Africa. Asia Pacific and Oceania. Select a language. . 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                            [body] => How to Upgrade Your PC's RAM By: Jonathan StricklandShare Content on TwitterShare Content on FacebookShare Content on LinkedInShare Content on FlipboardShare Content on RedditShare Content via Email "" A little more RAM can improve your computer's performance. © iStockphoto.com/nicholas_ One of the frustrating things about owning a computer is that, sooner or later, it can't keep up with the demands of your software. There are dozens of jokes about a customer buying the fastest machine on the market only to find out that it's been left behind by the time he gets home. But there's some good news: you can help your computer keep up with the times by upgrading its random access memory (RAM). And better yet, it's one of the simpler modifications you can make to your computer that doesn't void your warranty!Before we dive into the guide, it helps to understand RAM. The acronym stands for random access memory. It helps to imagine RAM as if it's laid out like a big grid -- kind of like the board on a game of Battleship. Each box in the grid represents a memory cell, and each cell can store information. You can access any cell within RAM if you know what row and column it's in.AdvertisementInformation in RAM memory cells can be overwritten or erased. That's one of the ways it's different from read-only memory (ROM). Your computer's ROM is hardwired into your machine's circuitry. It contains the information that allows your computer to perform basic functions like initiating the operating system or activating hardware.RAM helps your computer run applications. Your computer stores temporary information within the memory cells and refers to the data as it runs applications. If the information isn't in your computer's RAM, the computer has to refer to its hard drive. This is slower than pulling information from RAM. So if your computer doesn't have enough RAM to run multiple applications or even one big program, it may feel like it's just crawling along.Every computer has a maximum amount of RAM it can handle. Once you hit that limit, you've gone as far as you can go with your hardware. But unless you've customized your machine, chances are your computer has plenty of capacity for more RAM.AdvertisementBefore You Upgrade Your RAM. The first step to upgrading your RAM involves gathering a little information. First, you need to know how much RAM your computer has already.If you're using Windows XP, all you have to do is click the Start button on the taskbar. Then, click on the My Computer option in the menu. You'll need to choose the "View System Information" option (sometimes listed as Properties). Or you can choose the Control Panel option and click on the System icon. Either way, this will bring up a box with several tabs. Under the General tab you'll see information about your computer and operating system, including how much RAM is installed.AdvertisementIf you're running the Windows Vista operating system, follow these directions: Click the Start button, then choose Control Panel from the menu. Your next choice is System and Maintenance followed by System once again. There you'll see a category called Memory (RAM), which displays your computer's RAM.What if you're using a Mac? Apple has made it easy to find out how much RAM you have in your computer. Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen. Choose the option that says About This Computer (it may say About This Macintosh). You'll see a line that says Total Memory. This is how much RAM your Mac currently has.Once you know how much memory your computer has, you need to find out how much it can handle. There are hundreds of different computers on the market and not all of them have the same features and limitations. It'd be impossible to list all of them here. Fortunately, there are some resources on the Web that keep track of this information. We recommend using:CrucialKingston TechnologyThese resources will not only tell you how much RAM your machine can handle, they'll tell you what kind of RAM you can install. There are almost as many different kinds of RAM chips as there are computer models. You have to match the right RAM to your machine.One Stick or Two?If your computer uses dual-channel memory, you may need to install two modules (or sticks, as they're sometimes called) of RAM instead of just one. So if you want to upgrade to a gigabyte of RAM, you might need to install two 512 megabyte RAM modules. Make sure both modules have the same specifications or the dual-channel feature won't work.AdvertisementUpgrading the RAM in Your PC. "" Upgrading your PC's RAM isn't very difficult for most computers. © iStockphoto.com/gabyjalbert You've done your homework. You know how much RAM you have, how much your computer can handle and the kind of RAM chip you need to buy for your machine. Next, you'll need to purchase the RAM and grab a couple of tools. In most cases, you'll just need a small screwdriver. When in doubt, consult your PC's user manual.Before you make any modifications, make sure your computer is powered off and unplugged. If you're upgrading a laptop, it's a good idea to eject the battery before getting started. Open your PC's case with your screwdriver and locate the section on your computer's motherboard that contains the RAM. Consult your user's manual if you need help. Some laptops even have a specific panel you can remove to change out RAM modules.AdvertisementBefore touching any components inside your computer, you need to discharge any static electricity you've built up. The elements inside your computer are very sensitive to electricity -- if you were to hit them with a quick zap from your fingertips you could damage them. But it's simple to discharge static electricity -- you just need to touch something metal before continuing.If you're replacing RAM modules, you'll need to remove the ones currently in your PC. Many PCs use clips to hold RAM into place. If this is the case, gently lift the clips and remove the RAM modules, and then set them aside.Next, take your new RAM out of its envelope. Be careful not to touch any of the metal connectors or circuitry on the module. Line up the module with the slot in your computer. Most PCs have a notch that will guide you so that you don't install the module incorrectly. Gently press the module into place. Once you've seated the module, you can close the clips, replace the cover of the PC and you're ready to go. Don't forget to replace the battery if you're working with a laptop. Plug in the PC, turn it on and check your system's RAM. If the updated information is correct, you're set! If not, you may need to restart again. If you still have problems, you should turn off the machine, unplug it, open it up and check to be sure the module is properly seated.That's all there is to it. With more RAM, your PC will be able to run more applications at the same time without consulting your PC's hard drive. While you haven't increased your computer's processing speed, you've reduced the amount of time it needs to check for specific data. It's an easy and relatively inexpensive way to get more life out of your PC.Learn more about computers and upgrades from the links on the next page.AdvertisementLots More Information. Related HowStuffWorks Articles. RAM QuizHow RAM WorksHow to Add RAM to a LaptopHow to Add RAM to a DesktopDoes adding more RAM to your computer make it faster?Sources. Apple. "iMac: Memory specifications and upgrades." March 17, 2009. (May 6, 2009) http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3011Apple. "Macbook: How to install memory." March 17, 2009. (May 6, 2009) http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1651Computer Memory Upgrade. "Installing Laptop Memory." 2003. (May 4, 2009) http://www.computermemoryupgrade.net/installing-laptop-memory.htmlCrucial.com. (May 5, 2009) http://www.crucial.com/Kingston Technology Company. (May 5, 2009) http://www.kingston.com/Microsoft. "Find out how much RAM your computer has." (May 5, 2009) http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/help/479a7531-57ad-43c1-91b1-3f46a0e1761e1033.mspx.Pash, Adam. "Hack Attack: How to install RAM." Lifehacker. Nov. 22, 2005. (May 5, 2009) http://lifehacker.com/software/feature/hack-attack-how-to-install-ram-138665.phpRosenthal, Morris. "How to upgrade a laptop computer - Upgrading Laptops or Notebooks." 2008. (May 5, 2009) http://www.daileyint.com/hmdpc/upgrade.htmSteers, Kirk. "How to Upgrade Your PC's RAM." PCWorld. Feb. 27, 2007. (May 4, 2009) http://www.pcworld.com/article/129177/how_to_upgrade_your_pcs_ram.html.Walker, Andy. "How to Add RAM." Cyberwalker.com. Jan 1, 2008. (May 5, 2009) http://www.cyberwalker.com/article/41. Cite This! . Please copy/paste the following text to properly cite this HowStuffWorks.com article: Close CitationGames. Try Our Crossword Puzzles!Can You Guess the Answer?Try Our Sudoku Puzzles!More Awesome Stuff. "" You May LikeHow RAM WorksExplore MoreAdvertisementAdvertisementLoading...AdvertisementAdvertisementAdvertisement
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                            [body] => How to Choose the Right RAM for Your Desktop or Laptop PC in 2021 Whether you're building a computer or upgrading one, getting the right memory modules is key to boosting performance. Our mega-guide tells you everything you need to know about getting your DDR4 up to speed (before DDR5 changes everything). By Thomas Soderstrom May 6, 2021 facebook twitter flipboard social share Flipboard Pinterest Reddit LinkedIn Email Copied Error! Copy Link https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-choose-the-right-ram-for-your-desktop-or-laptop-pc-in-2021 Comments It’s been a good, long run, but the end may be sight for the supremacy of DDR4 RAM, the kind of system memory that powers most consumer PCs these days. That said, we’re certainly not holding back on our PC builds and upgrades to wait for the impending DDR5. (The only thing that might make us do that this year is the dire cost of PC components.) Every new generation of DDR memory, historically, has started off with some stumbles and setbacks. DDR4, meanwhile, has a seven-year track record and endured a long, long shakeout in the consumer-PC market. That means it will have a leg up on both compatibility and developmental maturity for some time to come.But that long familiarity we have with DDR4 doesn’t make memory upgrades today any less complex. How do you go about buying the best memory configuration for your PC? Whether you are building a PC new or upgrading the one you have, the answers come easily—but only once you know the right questions to ask.For Starters: How Much Memory Do I Really Need?We’ve been pushing 8GB of memory as the bare minimum for use under Windows 10 for a while now. It’s easy to find mainstream-priced and even budget Windows 10 laptops and desktops shipping with just 8GB of DRAM. Indeed, that’s the norm, and that’s fine for workaday productivity tasks, light gaming, and minimal multitasking. But that’s not a great starting point for an experienced user.Even browsing the internet can push memory usage over 50% on such systems, leaving little capacity for any remaining programs, such as PC games or photo editors. And while modern web browsers typically lighten the load when other programs demand more memory capacity, that process can make the machine feel sluggish.That leads to our general capacity guidelines. We recommend 16GB of main system memory for most users who want to multitask without incurring the above-mentioned slowdown, and 32GB for heavy multi-taskers or those running memory-hogging programs such as video editors.Beyond that is overkill for most folks. Programs that run optimally with 64GB or more are generally designed for experienced or professional users who already know how much they need—or at least, who know that they need all they can get.How Much Memory Do I Have?One of the easiest ways to see how much memory you already have is to open any folder in Windows 10 (in the default view), find the This PC icon on the left, right-click it, and go to Properties. This report below from an older, previously upgraded Dell notebook shows that it has an older Core i5 CPU and 8GB total memory, 7.8GB of which can be used for programs. (The rest is reserved for use by the processor’s integrated graphics.) A basic memory report in Windows 10 The above report may also list the manufacturer name and model, but it wasn’t available on this system after upgrading from the factory installation to Windows 10. If you need greater detail, you can download a third-party utility that will surface much more system info. Our go-to is the freeware program CPU-Z... CPU-Z, on the other hand, tells all. In this older example system, the program’s memory tab shows that this PC has a total of 8GB installed in dual channel mode, running at around a 533MHz clock rate, which works out to the “DDR3-1066” memory type, since all generations of desktop DDR have a doubled data rate.We also see that the actual memory installed is a pair of 4GB DDR3-1600 modules, which are backward compatible to several slower settings. Note that the slot number of the “SPD” tab has a pulldown menu, which is particularly useful when the default “Slot 1” is empty. Additional tabs show things like the motherboard model, which can be useful if you are having a difficult time figuring out what the chipset and platform are at the core of your PC. (For more about checking out the RAM in your current system, see this feature.)Okay, So I Know What I Have. What’s the Easiest 'Next Step'?The search ends here for some PC upgraders, as some machines simply can’t be upgraded. The above screenshots, for example, come from an old, DDR3-equipped notebook that doesn’t support modules of 8GB each and already has its two slots filled with 4GB memory modules. A key thing for starters: DDR3 is a sign of an older PC, and you can’t simply swap in DDR4 modules in their place. On both laptops and desktops, DDR3 and DDR4 memory are keyed differently from one another and are incompatible. But if you’re not getting this information from the manufacturer, there are other ways to figure it out.Memory sellers that specialize in end-user sales (notably, Crucial and Kingston) offer online “memory configurators” to help potential customers find an array of compatible memory-module options from their enormous product stacks. Unlike the oft-outdated memory-module “compatibility lists” that system and desktop motherboard manufacturers maintain on a board-by-board level, memory manufacturers’ lists are constantly updated to represent real-time availability. Buyers can simply select the fastest kit of the desired capacity recommended for their system, but with the understanding that these lists typically lean toward the safest parts, rather than, necessarily, the fastest or best-value ones. (Crucial's is called Crucial System Advisor, while Kingston's is Kingston Memory Finder.) Tracking RAM upgrade possibilities with Kingston's Memory Finder Now, if all you want is a memory-capacity boost, and you’re not concerned about eking out every last droplet of performance or overclocking, your search can end there. Using a memory configurator is a safe bet, and it is often the best idea for upgraders of laptops, whose memory-upgrade options are usually pretty limited, anyway.If you’re a PC enthusiast, though, and are looking at a high-performance desktop, a memory maker’s configurator may not go deep enough. We like picking our own memory, which is where the next parts come in.What Basic Type of Memory Do I Need?If you’re not already looking inside your PC, an easy way to figure out the memory format is to look at the system manufacturer’s product page, user manual, or service manual. Most desktop PCs make use of unregistered memory (UDIMMs, commonly just called DIMMs). DIMM stands for “dual inline memory module.” A lineup of two desktop DDR4 DIMMs (top two rows) and two SO-DIMMs (bottom row) Notebooks, meanwhile, almost all make use of shorter, “small-outline” DIMMs (SO-DIMMs, also called SODIMMs and pronounced “sew-dims”). Compact desktops will use one or the other of these, depending upon what the designer found to be the best fit for the system mainboard and chassis. The smaller the system, the more likely it is to rely on SO-DIMMs versus regular DIMMs, simply because the former are much smaller in surface area. A laptop-style DDR4 SO-DIMM The wider spacing of the components on the printed circuit boards that make up desktop DIMMs allows for additional parts to be installed, such as heat sinks and or even RGB lighting strips for PC modders. Laptop-style SO-DIMMs, on the other hand, are designed to be installed in tight, stacked or overlapping slots, and to be invisible, and thus skip such excess. A pair of each is shown above.As mentioned, DDR4 is the norm in almost all current laptops and desktops. The basic data rate standard for DDR4 memory is 2,133MT/s (that is, million transfers per second), which transfers at double the clock frequency of 1,066MHz. The basic data rate for DDR3 was 1,066MT/s, which transferred at twice its 533MHz clock frequency. Note that it’s not wrong to label a data rate with “MHz,” since a data cycle is still a cycle: Many industry writers simply choose “MT/s” nomenclature to avoid confusion between it and the clock frequency.DDR4 was launched primarily at per-module capacities of 4GB to 16GB each, while DDR3 modules favored 1GB to 4GB capacities per module. The upper limits of these specifications were twice as high, but it took several years for 32GB DDR4 and 8GB DDR3 modules to reach the consumer market after the introduction of the memory type. Because of those delays, many older motherboards required a firmware update to support the bigger, later capacity. (As seen in the earlier “old Dell notebook” example, many platforms never got those updates.)To summarize, at a basic level, most systems should support at least 16GB per module of DDR4-2133 memory, or 4GB per module of DDR3-1066, without overclocking. And again, if you’re simply looking for a memory bump to boost your multitasking and browsing, you can stop there and go with this basic speed of module according to whether you need DDR3 or DDR4. But we like to go past that—when we can!—and fortunately most DIY-minded desktops are designed with the performance credentials to get us there.So, About Memory Specs: Is High Frequency Better Than Low Latency?This is where we start to get into the geeky stuff. Let’s start with the short answer: While a higher data rate usually has a greater impact on measured performance, optimally “timed” memory kits such as DDR4-3200 CAS 14 can often outperform poorly timed kits such as DDR4-3600 CAS 20—despite the optimized kit’s lower data rate. (More about what “CAS” is in a moment.)At the most basic level, frequency is the number of times anything happens over a certain period, while latency is the time it takes to catch up. Increasing the frequency of a data transfer will always increase the bandwidth of a continuous transfer, but because memory data is transferred in small packets, the delay between packets pushes bandwidth in the opposite direction. Latency is measured in nanoseconds but specified in clock cycles. Called “primary timings,” the four most significant of these are often indicated on a sticker on the memory module, or in its specifications list. Memory timings: Sometimes, they're right on the sticker. Memory cells are organized in rows and columns in a similar fashion to spreadsheets:CAS Latency (tCL) refers to the number of cycles required to access the cell in the correct column, when the correct row is already open.RAS to CAS Delay (tRCD) refers to the amount of time it takes to open the correct row.Row Precharge (tRP) refers to the amount of time it takes to close the incorrect row.Row Active Time (tRAS) refers to the combined time required to close the incorrect row and open the correct row.For most folks outside the overclocking crowd, this gets pretty deep in the weeds. This free-to-share video (by yours truly) gives a quick visual representation of these descriptions… Just how fast is a clock cycle? Since frequency (operations per second) is the inverse of latency (seconds per operation), and since DDR4-3200 operates on a 1,600MHz bus clock, the answer at DDR4-3200 is 1 divided by 1600000000, or 0.625ns per cycle. The same calculations place DDR4-2400 at 0.833ns per cycle. And since 16 times 0.625 equals 10, and 12 times 0.833 also equals 10, DDR4-3200 CAS 16 has the same 10ns real-time latency as DDR4-2400 CAS 12. Yes, that's some in-the-weeds math. But this explains why in our lead example, DDR4-3600 CAS 20 (11ns) can underperform DDR4-3200 CAS 14 (8.75ns) in certain operations: It takes 2.25ns longer for DDR4-3600 CAS 20 to respond. Most memory buyers won’t get down to that level of granularity, but that explains why you can’t weigh just a single specification in assessing performance memory.What Is XMP?Intel’s Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) are additional configuration sets, accessed via the system BIOS, that allow the motherboard to automatically apply overclocking values to match the needs of nonstandard memory. As an overclocking technology, XMP has some limitations: Some motherboards don’t support XMP at all, and some modules are programmed only with specific XMP values that exceed a given motherboard’s capabilities. Turning on XMP in an Asus BIOS It may be an Intel technology, but enthusiast-class AMD motherboards are also designed to support XMP. As motherboards are often programmed to slightly alter certain timings to further stabilize AMD’s different memory controllers, motherboard manufacturers have occasionally applied their own names to this setting, such as Asus and its D.O.C.P.The usual drawback of XMP involves inadequate module programming. Many memory kits have only two automatic configurations—say, DDR4-3600 CAS 18 and DDR4-2133 CAS 15, where the motherboard will retain the CAS 15 setting when you manually select a middle value such as DDR4-3200. The manual configuration fails if the memory required CAS 16 to operate at DDR4-3200.Different users can argue differently about the best memory product, but from an ease-of-use standpoint, it’s easier to argue, say, for a DDR4-3200 kit that contains a DDR4-2933 secondary XMP along with basic configurations of DDR4-2666, DDR4-2400, and DDR4-2133 than it is to argue against having those fallbacks. Overclocking is never a certainty, and it’s nice to know that the party won’t stop just because some other part of the system (such as the CPU’s memory controller) isn’t cooperating with an XMP setting that’s supposedly supported by the motherboard.How Do Multiple Memory Channels Increase Performance?A single channel of memory is 64 bits wide. Most modern systems support dual-channel memory architecture, which widens the memory pathway to 128 bits. With more cores being fed more data under heavier workloads, some High-End Desktop (HEDT) platforms, notably Intel’s Core X-Series (on socket LGA2066) and AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper (on sTR4) take this further, to 256 bits, with quad-channel memory arrangements. Eight DIMM slots (for quad-channel operation) on an Asrock X299 Taichi motherboard One thing to remember is that most systems require a matched pair of modules to run dual-channel mode, or four matching modules to operate in quad-channel mode. While past platforms have occasionally allowed for mixed modes using different modules, those didn’t perform optimally. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to ditch an old pair of modules when a pair of empty slots are available, as we’ve had good experience adding a new matched pair to an old matched pair of the same data rate, but doing so may make XMP mode unworkable. We’ve even added 2x 8GB kits next to 2x 4GB kits without breaking dual-channel mode, creating a 24GB (12GB per-channel) configuration as 8GB-4GB-8GB-4GB, by simply leaving the board at default (non-XMP) settings. You’ll just want to make sure the matched pairs are inserted into the proper paired DIMM slots recommended by the motherboard maker.What Are Memory 'Ranks,' and Why Should I Care?Each dual inline memory module (DIMM) has two 64-bit interfaces (one on each side) connected in series. Each interface supports one rank of memory, so that a single-sided module usually has one filled rank, and a double-sided module usually has both ranks filled. (Caveat alert: Though less common, some memory has through-paths, or “vias,” that connect both sides to a single interface.) Since the two sides of a dual-rank module are connected in series, one might not expect the added rank of memory ICs (integrated circuits, i.e. “chips”) to improve performance. This is where interleaving comes into play. Interleaving allows two different operations to occur simultaneously, such as accessing data on one rank while transferring data on the other.The memory controllers of most consumer processors support up to four ranks of memory per channel, which is why so many dual-channel boards have four slots and why so many quad-channel boards have eight. If every module used in these boards was dual-rank, the memory controller would be “full.”How does one determine whether a module is dual- or single-rank? Specs may tell you, but you can’t count on that. If not, physical examination is another way. A look under the edge of a module’s heat spreaders would reveal how many ICs are used. Since the ICs on most performance-oriented memory modules have an 8-bit interface, eight of those make up a 64-bit rank. (Some low-end memory uses four 16-bit ICs per rank. These “chips” tend to be rectangular.)However, actually looking at RAM modules and peering under stickers or heat spreaders is not a realistic method for anyone ordering RAM online or trying to examine memory that’s packaged up in a store. Researching memory via memory reviews can help, but finding a review of the exact kit and speed/capacity flavor you are looking it is hit-and-miss. And even professional RAM reviews are relevant only if they’re very recent. Why? We’ve seen companies apply an old part number to a new product with half as many ICs (each at twice the density). Tweaking the actual on-module components can make all the difference.Depending on what you do, it’s a legitimate strategy to buy a kit containing four DIMMs for a four-slot dual-channel motherboard, since you’re guaranteed to have at least one rank per module. But some motherboards are wired to overclock better with only two DIMM slots filled. If that is what you aim to do, you need to factor that in. Alternatively, kits that contain 32GB modules always have dual-rank DIMMs, since 16Gb is the current density limit for high-end consumer DDR4 ICs, and eight of those make a 16GB rank.What Is the Best Memory Kit for Most Performance Enthusiasts?Owners of enthusiast-class PC desktop motherboards have the advantage of multiple firmware settings to get their machine configured perfectly, but there are limits to what the hardware can support on a board-by-board level. Recent AMD architectures, and the latest Intel ones, clock the CPU’s memory controller at the same frequency as the memory, and most samples appear to hit limits somewhere between DDR4-3700 and DDR4-3900.Both also allow the user to choose a memory-controller ratio other than 1:1 to reach even higher data rates, but doing so reduces performance by underclocking the memory controller. Motherboards using AMD’s X570 chipset will automatically reduce the memory-controller frequency (a spec called “FCLK”) at settings beyond DDR4-3600, and those based on Intel’s Z590 chipset with 11th Generation Core CPUs switch from what’s known on that platform as "Gear 1" (synchronous memory controller frequency) to "Gear 2" (half-speed) at settings above DDR4-3200. Overclocking motherboards allow AMD’s FCLK to be forced to 1:1 and Intel’s Z590 to Gear 1, but stability at synchronous data rates beyond DDR4-3600 is hard-fought.Thus, the fastest practical kits for most performance enthusiasts will contain (and we'll emphasize this with boldface!) dual-rank modules rated at DDR4-3600 CAS 14. (That is, unless you can find these specs at something lower than CAS 14.) Compatible platforms include recent mainstream AMD AM4 boards, along with most Threadripper (sTR4), Intel Core-X (LGA2066, LGA-2011v3), and mainstream Intel (LGA1200, and LGA1151), assuming the board is equipped with overclocking features.Note that Intel’s 10th Generation and earlier processors ran memory asynchronously to the controller clock and thereby avoided controller frequency reduction, though performance gains were minuscule at data rates beyond DDR4-3600.Let's Get Granular! Our Platform-Specific RAM Recommendations. We’ve come up with an, ahem, “short” list of what you can (and/or should) use with specific desktop platforms, attempting to place these in rough chronological order (by release date, newest to oldest). For custom desktop PC builds, we recommend treating the statements of motherboard manufacturers regarding their memory support as theoretical limits and reading reviews to determine practical limits. Additionally, firmware limits set by system manufacturers usually cannot be exceeded, regardless of whether the machine is a notebook or desktop.▶ Intel Z590, H570, and B560 Chipset Motherboards (With an 11th Generation Core “Rocket Lake” CPU). The short version: Enough overclockers have shown the Intel 500 Series of chipsets stable at DDR4-3600 that we have no reservation recommending that class of DIMM to anyone with a 125-watt-TDP 11th Generation (“Rocket Lake”) processor like the Core i9-11900K, an adequate motherboard, and even the most modest tuning skills. Getting maximum performance from this data rate requires the memory controller to be overclocked by manually setting Gear 1 (synchronous memory controller frequency) mode.Buyers who won’t or can’t overclock should stick to Intel’s guidelines to retain Gear 1 level performance, which are…DDR4-3200 for the Core i9-11900KDDR4-2933 for lesser 11th Generation Core i9, Core i7, or Core i5 chipsDDR4-2666 for Core i3, Pentium, or CeleronThe default switch from Gear 1 to Gear 2 when using DDR4-3200 with anything less than the Core i9-11900K is disabled on most retail motherboards, but we’ve yet to see the DDR4-2666 limit exceeded on budget processors, and Intel’s inclusion of memory overclocking in its H570 and B560 chipsets has not helped those with a DDR4-2666 limit. Recommended by Our Editors. The Best CPUs for 2022 The Best Budget CPUs for 2022 The Best Graphics Cards for 2021 Lower-energy CPUs, such as Intel’s 65-watt TDP models, often power-throttle under heavy load, and the increased voltage of performance DRAM can amplify the problem. Manually configuring higher power thresholds is possible within the firmware of adequately provisioned (overclocking) motherboards. But once you’re in that zone, it’s a tricky push-and-pull of performance versus thermals, the likely reason you opted for a 65-watt CPU in the first place.▶ Intel Z490, H470, B360, H410 Chipset Motherboards (With a 10th Generation Core “Comet Lake” CPU). The short version: With no “Gear” modes to worry about on these previous-generation chipsets, there’s little to stop a mildly experienced builder from simply enabling a DDR4-3600 XMP profile on an overclocking-enabled Z490 motherboard. That’s a pretty safe bet for system builders working from a retail-sold DIY motherboard. Note, however, that some OEM systems might have the (ostensible) overclocking chipset, but not the firmware settings to actually accomplish this.Without overclocking, Intel’s 10th Generation Core i9 and i7 processors support memory up to DDR4-2933, while its Core i5 and i3 versions top out at DDR4-2666. Intel never unlocked overclocking for its B or H 400-Series chipsets.As with the Z590, it might be necessary to increase the power threshold of lower-energy (65-watt) processors to prevent a power-throttling increase. Check your motherboard firmware for these settings prior to memory selection.▶ AMD TRX40 (Threadripper) and X570, B550, or A520 (Mainstream Ryzen) Chipset Motherboards. Even though these two are completely different platforms, both support DDR4-3600 at a synchronized FCLK. AMD recommended DDR4-3200 at the time of the launch of the Ryzen 3000 Series, and buyers who can’t afford DDR4-3600 at reasonable timings (CAS 18 or lower) might wish to consider this less-expensive option.▶ Intel Z390, H370, B360, and Z370 Chipset Motherboards (With 8th and 9th Generation CPUs). Intel’s Z-series chipsets are super-friendly to memory overclocking on adequately provisioned motherboards, so the same DDR4-3600 “best” and DDR4-3200 “alternative” recommendations apply for these chipsets catering to 8th Generation and 9th Generation CPUs. Unfortunately, H370 and B360 do not generally support anything beyond Intel’s official limits, which are DDR4-2666 for the Core i9, i7, and i5, and DDR4-2400 for the Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron.▶ AMD X470 and B450 Chipset Motherboards (With Mainstream Ryzen CPUs). Support for high RAM data rates across various motherboard models under these chipsets is mixed. Some easily exceed DDR4-3600; others barely go above DDR4-2933 when paired with a Ryzen 2000 Series CPU. The closest thing we’ve seen to consensus has been DDR4-3466, but again, we’ve had boards that topped out at far less.The good news is a resurgence of AMD-compatible DDR4-2933 memory modules on the market following Intel’s addition of this speed to its 2020 desktop processor guidelines. Those who think that DDR4-2933 is unacceptably slow should dig a little deeper to find out what other people are running with the same motherboard and processor. Imitation can be far more than the greatest form of flattery—it can save you a heap of time and trouble!▶ AMD X399 Chipset Motherboards (With First or Second Generation Ryzen Threadripper CPUs). Remember that Threadripper X399 boards tend to have eight memory slots. Breaking from DDR4-3600 recommendations because many builders wish to fully populate these boards with eight dual rank modules (16 total ranks), stability at this setting is still common when using up to eight total ranks with the Ryzen Threadripper 2950X. Earlier processors can be fussier, though. DDR4-3200 is compatible across most Threadripper processor models and memory configurations, but AMD recommends only DDR4-2933 for second-gen Ryzen Threadrippers and DDR4-2666 for first-gen Ryzen Threadrippers.▶ Intel X299 Chipset Motherboards (With LGA2066 Core X-Series CPUs). Like Threadripper, Core X-Series boards gravitate to eight slots for quad-channel support. CPUs from the 9th and 10th Generation of Intel’s HEDT platform typically supported memory frequencies exceeding DDR4-3600 with up to four dual-rank modules, but DDR4-3200 became a far safer choice when deploying the platform’s 16-rank maximum configuration or when using a 7th Generation Core X-Series processor. For non-overclockers, Intel supported up to DDR4-2933 on 10th Gen and DDR4-2666 on 9th and 7th Generation Core X-Series CPUs.▶ AMD X370, B350, A320 Chipset Motherboards (With Older Ryzen CPUs). High data rates are a pipe dream for most users of the 300-Series AMD chipsets, and that’s mostly because of some major variation in the memory-controller stability of Ryzen 1000 Series CPUs. Some motherboard and CPU combos were good past DDR4-3466, while others couldn’t make it over DDR4-2400. Failures in trying to boost frequencies were more likely to occur as the number of ranks increased (for example, using dual-rank rather than single-rank DIMMs, or using four rather than two DIMMs).Given this variation, we’d personally recommend DDR4-2933 that has a DDR4-2666 secondary XMP and DDR4-2400 SPD, such as Kingston’s HX429C15PB3A (HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933) series. A set that this writer tested functioned properly on every older platform tried and blew past DDR4-4000 on newer platforms. So manual overclocking remains viable to those who find their CPUs exceeding our justified low expectations here.▶ Intel Z270, H270, and B250 Chipset Motherboards (With 7th Generation Core CPUs). Intel’s 7th Generation Core processors are getting on in years now. But they were (and remain) DRAM overclocking monsters, with many motherboards pushing data rates beyond DDR4-4000. Making DDR4-3600 run stably is usually no more difficult than just enabling XMP on overclocking-enabled Z270 motherboards.DDR4-3200 could be a better choice for users who can’t afford DDR4-3600 at CAS 18 or lower latency, though. And given the age of these platforms, even slower (and thus, cheaper) memory could be appropriate. Investing in premium RAM for a venerable PC may not make sense within your budget, especially if you think you might upgrade the whole system before long.Neither the H270 chipset nor the B250 supports memory overclocking, and DDR4-2400 is Intel’s default frequency limit across all 7th Generation Core CPUs.▶ DDR3 Motherboards. DDR3 is the sign of a geriatric PC, and spending to the max on performance-minded RAM for a platform that is fast disappearing in the rearview mirror may be false economy. Most DDR3 motherboards supported at least DDR3-1600, with later examples such as the AMD 990FX and Intel Z97 often exceeding DDR3-2133 and DDR3-2800, respectively.That said, check those specs carefully. Many early platforms limit you to installing only up to 4GB per module, while later ones might support 8GB with a proper firmware update. Challenging examples, such as the notebook shown in the screenshot at the start of this article, put additional pressure upon buyers to use the compatibility lists of various memory sellers to find better options than those available from the outdated support lists of system manufacturers. Indeed, if you are shopping for a RAM upgrade for a DDR3-only PC, spending the least money possible is your best value play.Finally: When Buying RAM, What About Maximizing Value?When it comes to a PC component as opaque as system memory, the idea of value-for-money often gets put aside when considering the “best” choice for a performance machine. But there’s a big statement that should be made here: Most programs see very little gain from high-performance memory with elite specs, and even the most memory-impacted programs we’ve used have showed less than 6% performance gain in going from ordinary DDR4 to an optimized configuration. Moreover, most of that gain can simply be achieved by moving from one rank per channel to two, something that you might accomplish by simply adding another two matched-spec modules to a machine that has two empty slots. So bear that in mind as you shop the sales. Popularity also drives memory-module availability to the point of affecting supply and demand. For example, DDR4-3200 CAS 16 memory represents some of the best current values we’ve found, at $80 for a pack of two 8GB modules. The sword cuts both ways, though. Take DDR4-3000. It became so popular that it virtually displaced DDR4-2933 from the market a few years ago, and that kind of memory is still commonly available, at less cost than DDR4-2933. It would be nice if people who really wanted DDR4-2933 could trust the slightly faster DDR4-3000 modules to self-configure at the slightly slower speed, but as outlined in the “What Is XMP?” section above, this isn’t usually the case. While some motherboards will allow users to pick a DDR4-3000 XMP profile and manually drop the data rate to 2933, others won’t. So your purchase, in terms of speed-versus-dollars, needs to be gauged against what you know your motherboard will play nice with.For an extra bit of good news, consider this: DDR4-3600 CAS 18 is just as quick, has more bandwidth, and generally costs only 10% more than DDR4-3200 CAS 16. It might not be the CAS 14 pinnacle, but who among us, if we care about eking out performance at this level, wouldn’t find a way to afford so small a price difference? That’s the kind of smart trade-off that you’re looking for in memory shopping. But ultimately, the simple luxury of having 16GB versus just 8GB at your PC’s disposal, or 32GB versus 16GB, will be what has the biggest real-world impact. So don't let a sliver of specs get in the way of making that upgrade. 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It’s ok if you can’t answer this right now. Here are the main reasons for upgrading RAM on your computer: Computer becomes slow, so you want to speed it up. Increase the responding speed of web browser, photo viewer, or other apps. Prevent crashes that occur while you performing tasks. Optimize computer’s overall performance for gaming or sophisticated software/hardware. Please read the following guide on how to upgrade RAM or how to change RAM. Tip: Data saved in RAM will be lost when power is off and it can’t be recovered. However, if you lose data from hard disk, USB flash drive, SD card or other storage devices, you can get a powerful recovery tool to help you regain the lost files. Free Download Firstly, Check the Current RAM. Method 1: Use Task Manager. You should go to figure out how much RAM you have right now. Right click on your taskbar and select Task Manager. (What if Windows 10 task not working?) Shift to the Performance tab at the top. Select Memory from the left pane. The current RAM information will be displayed in the right pane. Method 2: Use Settings. Press Windows + I. Select System. Scroll down in the left pane to select About. Look at the Installed RAM option under the Device specifications section in the right pane. Secondly, Decide How Much RAM Do You Need. If your current RAM is insufficient, how much memory do you need? 4 GB of RAM is a minimum choice; it’s enough for simple tasks. To complete multi-task and running various & large apps, you need 8 GB of RAM. If you play games a lot and have a lot of professional applications, you should upgrade RAM to 16 GB or more. What you should also consider is that how much RAM your computer can handle. If you’re running a 32-bit Windows, it can only handle up to 4 GB of RAM. 64-bit version of Windows 10 Home can handle up to 128 GB of RAM. 64-bit version of Windows 10 Professional/Enterprise/Education can handle up to 2 TB. 64-bit Home Basic version of Windows 7 can only handle up to 8 GB. 64-bit Home Premium and Professional editions of Windows 7 can handle up to 16 GB and up to 192 GB. Thirdly: Find What Type of RAM the Motherboard Can Accept. 2 major types of RAM are: SRAM (Static Random Access Memory) and DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory). DRAM is subdivided into FPM, EDO, ADRAM, SDRAM, RDRAM, CDRAM, and DDR SDRAM. Which DDR Version Is Accepted by Your Motherboard. DDR4: introduce around 2014, DDR4 is found and accepted by most modern computers. DDR3: introduced in 2007, DDR3 is used in the computers released in the last 5-8 years. It's a good choice in budget. DDR2: DDR2 was introduced in 2003. If your motherboard is very old, it may only accept DDR2. It’s also advised that you know more about the RAM speed and latency. As for how to add RAM to PC (or how to install more RAM on PC), please read step 4. Fourthly: Start Adding RAM. This guide works for how to upgrade RAM on desktop. Step 1: save your files and documents, and then shut down your computer properly. Step 2: make sure your PC is shut down completely. Then, unplug the power cables and accessories. Step 3: press and hold the power button for 5 seconds or more to discharge any electricity still remaining in the computer. Step 4: open the computer case gently; please take good care of the screws and other small parts. What’s more, you can put your finger on an unpainted metal area in order to prevent memory and other components from being damaged by static. Warning: Please read the owner’s manual with care or let professionals help you. Step 5: upgrade or replace the RAM. You have 2 choices in this step: add more RAM or replace the old RAM with a larger one. How to add RAM (how to add more RAM): clean your hands and hold the RAM modules along the edges with your fingers -> align the module notches with the slot ridge -> press the module into the slot properly. How to replace current RAM: press down on the clips on both ends of each module -> the RAM module will be released -> pull out the module gently -> pick up the larger RAM module you prepare -> install it onto the motherboard by above steps (mentioned in how to get more RAM). That’s all I want to say about how to increase RAM yourself. Facebook Twitter Linkedin Reddit Scroll down for the next news Scroll down
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                            [body] => How To Install More Memory (RAM) in Your Laptop By Brian Burgess Last Updated on November 2, 2021 To improve computing performance on your Netbook, Laptop or Ultrabook, one of the easiest things you can do is add more RAM. This guide shows you how to install new memory modules to your system. One of the easiest hardware upgrades to improve the performance of your computer is to add more RAM. I have already shown you how to find the correct type of RAM your computer needs. Now it’s time to demonstrate how to install it on a laptop or ultrabook. Installing RAM in a Laptop. Here’s a look at how to add RAM to an IBM ThinkPad X120e. Remember, every system is different. Accessing the motherboard will vary. If you’re not sure how to check your computer’s documentation or the manufacturer’s website.This will give you a good idea of the process of adding RAM to a Netbook or Laptop.Note: Before opening your case or handling the memory modules, I highly recommend an anti-static wrist strap. This grounds you so you’re not generating static that can damage the RAM module or complex components in your system. Put the strap around your wrist, and then connect the clip to a grounded source. There are different types you can purchase – most are under 10 dollars. Photo Credit: Karl-Martin SkontorpGetting Started. First, starting with a Lenovo ThinkPad X120e. I’m adding a 2 GB stick of RAM into an empty slot.For netbooks or laptops, completely power the machine off. Turn it over and remove the battery too.Now unfasten the screws to get into the case.Carefully pull off the backplate. Make sure not to bend any part of the case. Otherwise, you’ll have a heck of a time getting it back on.At this point, I’ve removed the battery, removed the back, located where the memory slots are and grabbed the new memory module that I’m ready to install.Now find the location of the current memory slots on the motherboard. In this system, there is only one memory module with two slots.Then place the new memory stick at an angle, push it down, and secure it with the small clips on each side. The memory stick only goes in one way. Make sure the notch on the module is lined up correctly. It doesn’t take much force to slide in the new RAM stick. If you find it isn’t going in easily, don’t force it! Take it out and makes sure everything is lined up correctly.Putting the PC Back Together. After the new memory is in, I like to power on the laptop and make sure the RAM is installed correctly and recognized by Windows before putting the case back together. During startup, if you hear just one beep, everything is cool. If you hear a series of beeps, you need to power off the computer and reseat the memory.If everything is recognized, replace the back panel.Then put the battery back in.Now plug in the power cord, boot your computer and make sure everything is functioning correctly. Using different apps and features, you’ll notice that Windows and applications run faster.Summing Up. About six years ago, I increased the RAM on my IBM ThinkPad and ended up with a bad memory stick. After five minutes of launching my XP system, it would completely power off. No BSOD – just completely shut down. I removed the new stick, and everything worked correctly again. I returned it to the company I bought it from, and they happily replaced it.If you want better performance out of your Netbook or Laptop, adding RAM is cheap and easy. Remember, 32-bit versions of Windows will only recognize 4 GB of RAM, and 64-bit Windows will recognize more. 10 Comments Related Items:Hardware, Windows Featured Articles. How-ToHow to Find Your Windows 11 Product Key. If you need to transfer your Windows 11 product key or just need it to do a clean install of the OS,... How-ToBackblaze Cloud Backup Review – Updated 2021. Backing up your data to the cloud via an automated service is critical. Backblaze is the solution I use and recommend. Here's... How-ToHow to Clear Google Chrome Cache, Cookies, and Browsing History. Chrome does an excellent job of storing your browsing history, cache, and cookies to optimize your browser performance online. Hers's how to... DealsIn-Store Price Matching: How to Get Online Prices while Shopping in the Store. Buying in-store doesn't mean you have to pay higher prices. Thanks to price-matching guarantees, you can get online discounts while shopping in... How-ToHow to Gift a Disney Plus Subscription with a Digital Gift Card. If you've been enjoying Disney Plus and want to share it with others, here's how to buy a Disney+ Gift subscription for... To Top
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                            [body] => 5 Reasons Why More RAM is Beneficial to Your PC Home/Themes/5 Reasons Why More RAM is Beneficial to Your PC Previous Next 5 Reasons Why More RAM is Beneficial to Your PC. Has your old computer lost its mojo or maybe you have just invested in a brand new PC and you’re thinking life is good… until your husband tries his role-playing game over the internet, or you want to open several applications at once. You find that the simulation just isn’t quick enough, and neither is your multitasking. Even if you have the latest device this doesn’t mean it’s the greatest — in terms of performance. There is some good news as new memory (RAM) is easy and moderately inexpensive. Upgrading Computer memory (RAM) is one of the swiftest, most effective and most cost-effective ways to help your performance of your PC or Laptop. Up until recently many new computers came with only a bare minimum of memory (RAM) installed. Adding more RAM can add more energy to your system and installation of the memory is not that complicated or expensive. So how much memory is needed? An average computer user is probably okay with the basic 1GB to 2GB of RAM. But as fast as technology changes, so will the need for additional memory. Just remember that more is better but your PC or Laptop will have a maximum that can be installed. 2GB is what most average users need, but if you’re looking to make your processor really work for you for high powered applications, extreme gaming and multimedia work you will need to upgrade the memory. Help is at hand as below are 5 reasons why more RAM is beneficial to your PC. Does your current PC struggle to open emails and spreadsheets at the same time. If so a memory upgrade is paramount for a smooth, effortless and multitasking experience. It gives your computer an extra boost so it doesn’t have to use the hard drive to manage data. If you like to spend countless hours on the Internet, but don’t like when your system slows to a crawl, you’ll want to upgrade your computer’s memory. No matter how fast your Internet connection is a memory upgrade can help your browser display pages far faster. When your computer can store more data in RAM, it has to swap out less memory to the hard drive. Web sites use rotating banners, Flash and Shockwave animation, streaming audio and other plug-ins as stunning effects to entice visitors. A computer memory upgrade can give your computer the enhancement it needs for today’s faster web browsing. If you like to print large files like presentations with photos, graphics and charts then an upgrade is a must.  A printing bottleneck when you want to print several documents off at once can be fixed easily with a simple memory upgrade. The boost in performance can have a large influence on productivity, especially in a networked environment where several PCs may be sharing one printer. If video-editing is your latest forte, you will defiantly want to add more RAM to your PC. We all know editing is fun, providing it’s not too slow. Because video files are very large, you’ll not only need a big hard drive to store the file, but a fast processor and lots of RAM help to speed things up. A new graphics card may be very nice, but it is not always enough for today’s cutting edge gaming. Revolutionize your 3D gaming experience by adding more RAM. By adding more memory this helps support colour at higher resolutions and gives you the power for improved 3D rendering, with astounding character realism and texture adaptability. Enjoy crisper, brighter images and imaginatively fast 3D video and animation for a powerful, virtually real gaming experience. By BigMick1975|2016-12-20T12:33:23+00:00November 27th, 2013|Themes|0 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterRedditLinkedInTumblrPinterestVkEmail Leave A Comment Cancel reply. Page load link Go to Top
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                            [body] => How to install RAM By Jon Martindale December 4, 2021 Share Installing more or faster RAM is one of the easiest upgrades you can do. If you have an inexpensive or older machine, upgrading your RAM will allow you to run more intensive applications, open more tabs in your browser, and just make your PC feel speedier overall. You need to know how to install RAM first, though. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process step by step. Although it may seem intimidating, upgrading your RAM demands just a few minutes of your time — no tools required. Further reading. The best RAM How much RAM do you need? How to overclock RAM A few important reminders. Bill Roberson/Digital Trends Memory support is not universal, so it’s best to check your motherboard manual before picking up a set. If you don’t have your manual, you can usually find the motherboard model number printed on the board. Use that to find the manual online, where you should find a list of approved memory modules. Additionally, you’ll find a capacity and speed limit. Your motherboard’s limits are, in fact, limits. Make sure to not overbuy in terms of speed or capacity if your motherboard can’t support it. Most modern motherboards support DDR4, ranging from 2,133MHz at the low end, to as high as 4,700MHz and beyond at the very top end. If your PC is rather old, your system may only support DDR3, or even DDR2, memory. Common manufacturers like MSI and Gigabyte list these specifications with their motherboard listings. For instance, the ASRock Z370 Killer SLI supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory at up to 4,266MHz speeds, while the MSI X470 Gaming Plus supports up to 64GB of DDR4 at up to 3,466MHz. Keep in mind that RAM is one of the easiest components to install, but static electricity is always a concern. Before you install new RAM, be sure to wear an anti-static wristband, or ground yourself by touching some bare metal in your case periodically. Wear rubber-soled shoes if you can and perform the upgrade on a bare floor: No rugs or carpet, if possible. The step-by-step guide. Step 1: Disconnect the power cable from your system and, if needed, unplug other back-panel cables so that you can safely lay your system on its side. Step 2: Remove the side panel (usually on the left) to gain full access to the interior. The RAM slots are long and normally reside to the right of the processor and its chunky cooler. These slots typically number between two and eight and include tabs (or wings) on each end, which lock the sticks into place. Press these tabs down toward the motherboard to eject and remove the old RAM. Some motherboards only have a single tab. In that case, press the tab down and slide the RAM stick out, trying to keep it straight. Step 3: Look in your motherboard’s manual to determine the correct slots where your new memory should reside. Some motherboards prefer the second and fourth slots if you’re only using one or two sticks. Others prefer the first and third. It’s important to consult your motherboard manual here, as the slots determine how much bandwidth your RAM has. Before installing the RAM, make sure the wings at either end of the slot are pushed back so they’re tilted away from the slot. Note that you can only install RAM one specific way. Look at the side of the RAM stick with metal contacts and you’ll see a notch that’s not centered. You’ll need to line that notch up with the notch — also not centered — inside the motherboard’s memory slot. If they’re reversed, the stick will not click in place. When you’re sure the RAM stick is lined up properly, press down on the edges with your thumbs until the stick locks into place. As it does, the wings clamp in and hold the memory securely. If the stick doesn’t click into place relatively easily, make sure you have the stick oriented correctly. Forcing RAM that’s not lined up correctly can damage your motherboard. If in doubt, double-check. A flashlight can really help you see as well. Installing RAM can take a decent amount of pressure, though. Don’t force anything, but apply a good amount of pressure when pressing the stick down. Step 4: Once all sticks click into their slots, confirm that the wing clips are locked in to hold the sticks firmly in place. If everything passes inspection, close the PC. Next, plug all cables back in and boot the system. After the reboot. The good news from here is that if something went wrong, you’ll know right away when your computer doesn’t start. If that happens, repeat the above steps and make sure the new sticks are correctly seated in their socket. Even if they’re correctly installed, reseating can solve a swath of issues. You need to ensure that the proper amount of RAM shows up in your system profile after you complete the system initiation. If you see that your system only has 3.2GB after a much larger upgrade, this may be due to running a 32-bit operating system. If you purchased RAM with an Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) and want to take advantage of that added performance, you’ll have to enable it manually. Go to your BIOS screen. For most computers, you can access the BIOS screen by repeatedly pressing the Delete key as your computer powers on. All motherboards are a little different, but you should find an option to enable the onboard XMP profile in the BIOS. If you were able to successfully pull off this entire online guide without a hitch, perhaps you’re willing to set a loftier goal by trying your hand at constructing a computer which you can do by following our guide on how to put together a whole PC. Editors' Recommendations . 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                            [body] => How to Choose the Correct RAM Upgrade Adam Lovinus March 10, 2021 June 28th, 2021 Think of Random Access Memory (RAM), sometimes referred to simply as memory, as the short-term memory of your computer. RAM data can be recalled without having to access the hard drive, which is why having the right amount of memory in your computer directly correlates with performance.  Without diving too deeply into the electrical science behind computer memory, understand that RAM lets your computer run faster and more smoothly—especially when multi-tasking—if you are someone who likes to have several programs open at once. Why might you consider a RAM upgrade? Certain applications lean heavily on system RAM. Chrome web browser is notoriously RAM hungry as it treats each open tab as an individual process with its own memory allocation. “Sandboxing” as this is called, is advantageous in that if one tab crashes it doesn’t take down the whole browser. The tradeoff is that it is RAM-intensive. If you regularly work with several applications or browser tabs open at once, making a RAM upgrade is a near-surefire way to improve performance. If your PC is running slower than you think it should at any given time, the Task Manager in Windows is a good way to check whether you are overtaxing your available RAM. Open the Task Manager in Windows 10 (or Windows 7 or Windows 8 on a legacy system) by pressing ALT + CTL + DEL. Click the Performance tab. The Memory graph monitors your RAM usage in real time. Task Manager showing RAM usage A good rule of thumb is that if the Available Memory is less than 25 percent of your Total Memory, a RAM upgrade will provide a tangible performance boost for the end user. While in Task Manager, watch RAM performance when you open a new application. If new apps open slower than you would like, and you notice that usage spikes closer to 100 percent of capacity, then a RAM upgrade probably will serve you well. How much RAM do you need? As of this writing in 2021, 16 GB is considered the sweet spot for price-to-performance considerations in the context of mainstream work-related computing tasks. If you have several applications running simultaneously and a dozen Chrome tabs open you still should have plenty of headroom before you notice any lag in performance. Anything more than 16 GB would make sense for workstation computers that are used for graphics rendering, scientific modeling, and CAD applications. It is not uncommon for 3D design workstations to have up to 32 GB of RAM. Finding the right RAM upgrade for your system. First, note that laptop memory and desktop memory are different and not interchangeable! The same goes for server memory. RAM upgrades are sold as modules, or sticks, of memory. Each module has a set capacity–most commonly you’ll find of 4 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM, and 16 GB RAM sticks. It is inadvisable to mix and match RAM modules in your system. Crossing brands might be OK if the modules are the same form factor and voltage, but ideally, you want all your RAM to be from the same kit. You will find RAM modules sold in packs of 2 or 4 (or more if you’re purchasing for multiple systems) which are optimized to work together in the same motherboard. Motherboard and RAM compatibility. Your computer’s motherboard will also determine RAM capacity, as it has a limited number of dual in-line memory module slots (DIMM slots) which is where you plug in the RAM. Engineer inspects final production of printed circuit computer logic board. Computer RAM modules are standardized by the DDR form factor. Motherboards support only one, and which one mostly depends on how old your motherboard is. The most common varieties for desktop PCs include: DDR4 SDRAM (double data rate fourth-generation synchronous dynamic random-access memory) – The current generation of RAM that is found in PCs from 2015 and later. DDR3 SDRAM (double data rate type three synchronous dynamic random-access memory) – Found in computers made after 2007 until around 2015. Largely obsolete, DDR2 SDRAM (double data rate synchronous dynamic random-access memory) – is now found in the oldest legacy machines built between 2003 and 2007. Arriving on the market in late 2021, DDR5 SDRAM makes several performance improvements over the previous standard that will impact intense processes like video editing and encoding, computer-aided design, scientific computing. There are other RAM specifications to note as well: Speed, or frequency (MHz) – Unless you are benchmarking performance you probably will not notice the difference between an 1866 MHz memory module and one that is 1333 MHz. Speed considerations are more important for server workstations that handle larger computing loads. Timings (Latency) – Timing or latency of RAM is represented as four numerals separated by dashes. Typically, lower numbers mean better performance. Multi-Channel Kits – If your motherboard supports multi-channel memory, a matching kit optimizes performance. To accommodate this, RAM can be shopped on the basis of system-specific memory. Need To Upgrade Your RAM? NeweggBusiness is your go-to spot for any computer hardware upgrades you may need. We stock high-end computer memory modules of all generations and sizes at competitive prices. Operating System RAM Limitations. The operating system you are running can affect the maximum amount of RAM you can use in your computer. Bear in mind these limitations are for workstations running virtual machines that are serving several instances of an application or operating system. End-user devices need not worry about these limitations. Systems running Windows 10 Home are capped at 128 GB of memory. You can have up to 2 TB of RAM in Windows 10 Pro, Education, and Enterprise environments. Older Windows systems have a lower threshold. For example, The maximum RAM limit for 32-bit Windows 7 edition is 4 GB. For 64-bit Windows 7 editions: Windows 7 Home Basic: 8 GB Windows 7 Home Premium: 16 GB Windows 7 Professional: 192 GB Enterprise: 192 GB Ultimate: 192 GB For Windows 8.1 32-bit, the limit is 4 GB of RAM. For the 64-bit Windows 8 editions: Windows 8.1: 128 GB Windows 8.1 Professional: 512 GB Windows 8.1 Enterprise: 512 GB Tools for finding the right RAM upgrade for your system. NeweggBusiness has a memory finder built into our site. It provides vendor-neutral specifications and product suggestions to locate find memory that fits a specific system. Several memory vendors have similar tools. Remember to shop smart—write down the model numbers suggested by these tools and check the pricing against the NeweggBusiness memory store. Select a brand to start your search Crucial memory finder Kingston system-specific memory Corsair memory finder SanDisk product compatibility tool Skill RAM configurator Related content Six Hardware Upgrade Considerations for Better PC Performance DRAM Quality Issues and SSDs Signal a Push Toward New Universal Memory DDR4 RAM Has Arrived Please share any additional tips for choosing a RAM upgrade in the comments section. Photo by Matsouka Kahei, from Flickr Creative Commons SummaryArticle NameHow to Choose the Correct RAM UpgradeDescriptionRandom Access Memory (RAM) helps your computer run faster when multi-tasking. Here is what to take into account for making a RAM upgrade.Author Adam Lovinus Tags:. category17desktop memorymemorysystem specific memory Buying Guides 16 Comments Subscribe. Popular Posts. 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There is a growing body of evidence that shows that humans were not meant to… Michael Levanduski 0 Buying Guides September 2, 2021 Choosing a Desktop PC for Business? A Guide to Brands and Categories. Desktop PC manufacturers offer a tremendously wide range of options for all kinds of users,… Mark Coppock 0 Author Adam Lovinus. A tech writer and Raspberry Pi enthusiast from Orange County, California. More posts by Adam Lovinus Pingback: Mushkin ECO2 Memory Fits Under Oversized CPU Coolers - HardBoiled Dipendra Kumar says: July 16, 2015 at 4:22 am Thanks, your article is very useful and informative. You may like to visit Om Nanotech in case you want to have more information on DDR3 Manufacturer in Delhi Reply Shivam Rana says: October 27, 2016 at 6:03 am Nice to read your blog regarding ram installation, its very helpfull Reply Cindy Tesler says: November 21, 2016 at 10:31 am Thanks for pointing out that RAM is a question of performance and that you could be overtaxing your current setup. I also liked your rule of thumb for available memory staying above 25%. I think it’s a good idea to look at online reviews of certain brands of RAM and how they perform in your specific computer. Reply Hp Service Centers says: December 21, 2016 at 2:09 am Great blog! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the information are well written. Reply Ayo says: August 31, 2017 at 5:45 pm Hi Adam, Thanks for your article. I was wondering what the MAX RAM for a 64-Bit Windows 7 Home Premium is? Hope to hear from you soon. Regards. Reply sid gupta (@sidgupta2211) says: September 4, 2018 at 3:03 am Nicely written article. Reply Raymond K Shadman says: September 10, 2018 at 5:31 pm It would be nice if NeweggBusiness continued to sell Kingston RAM. Since it doesn’t, I have to purchase it elsewhere at a higher price. Reply Fade says: February 18, 2019 at 7:30 am ah new egg i love you, thank you for helping my tech illiterate brain 😛 Reply Bob Simmons says: March 18, 2019 at 11:58 am Perfectly written- So easy to understand Reply ron schwartz says: September 16, 2020 at 7:34 am lol i wish it was really that simple, in reality most people are lucky not to make use of more memory and needing higher speeds because then it all becomes a pain in the behind especially when going for large amounts then even so called tested and proved memory fails todo what was promised when you bought the product Reply riayah says: May 30, 2021 at 10:10 pm Great blog Reply Eliana Ruby says: August 8, 2021 at 11:35 pm in reality most people are lucky not to make use of more memory and needing higher speeds because then it all becomes a pain in the behind especially when going for large amounts then even so called tested and proved memory fails todo what was promised when you bought the product Reply Eliana Ruby says: August 8, 2021 at 11:37 pm Thanks for pointing out that RAM is a question of performance and that you could be overtaxing your current setup. I also liked your rule of thumb for available memory staying above 25% Reply Eliana Ruby says: August 8, 2021 at 11:46 pm It would be nice if NeweggBusiness continued to sell Kingston RAM. Since it doesn’t, I have to purchase it elsewhere at a higher price. Reply Fade Reply Jack Hardy says: August 31, 2021 at 10:04 pm Thanks for your tips. It’s really helpful for us. We get so much knowledge from your post about how to choose the correct RAM for our system. I am using Kingston RAM which I bought from BuyKingston. Reply What's your take? Cancel reply . Share Tweet Share Pin © 2022 Smart Buyer. All Rights Reserved. | Close Menu Shop for all your business tech needs at Categories Buying Guides Components DIY and How-to Mini-Guides Industry Trends NetSec Datacenter Networking Storage Pro Reviews Systems – PC & Laptop Windows Productivity About Contact Us Why NeweggBusiness? Shop Now   Loading Comments...  
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