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How to choose the correct RAM memory upgrade for your system?

12. July 2019

How to choose the correct RAM memory upgrade for your system?

RAM, also known as Random Access Memory, and most times is simply referred as ‘memory’. Data in the RAM memory can be evoked without the need accessing the hard drive and hence the performance of your system depends much on it. This makes the ‘memory’ component of your system of paramount importance to be on the right amount.  Increasing memory helps in moving data back and forth, from the hard disk, thereby a faster cycle of information processed. It helps in lowering heat, faster transfer speeds, and better multi-tasking.

When to choose a RAM upgrade

It is best to always upgrade the memory to the maximum on desktops and especially on laptops. With the latest Windows 10 OS. The base memory required for only the OS is 4GB. We are misunderstood by the ‘minimum’ memory requirement for Windows 10 is 4GB, to be ‘adequate’, but this is true only for running the OS. And so, we are left with a couple of Megabytes of RAM with only 4GB of RAM.

The base line for any system is to have more than 4GB, a least of 8GB of RAM, for a beginner experience. And depending on the user applications you are working on, the memory requirement increases.

For a basic graph of how memory works in real-time, is to watch the memory resources using the inbuilt tool ‘resource monitor’.  The Resource Monitor can be accessed by several ways

  • Task Manager: Press the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time (Or right-click on taskbar) and select ‘Start Task Manager’ on the screen that appears. In the Task Manager, click on the ‘Performance’ tab, and then on the ‘Resource Monitor’ button
  • Using the Windows Search:  Just type resmon and the search result will show the ‘resource monitor’ which you can launch to start the real-time results.

A screenshot from one of our computers with just Firefox running a YouTube video in the background.

If the available memory is less than 30% of the total memory or if the ‘free memory’ is less than 20% on any given process, then it is time to upgrade memory. Though this may not be the case in all computers.

Where to find the best RAM upgrade

Understanding RAM limitations

RAM is limited by two main factors, hardware and software. A system’s motherboard and processor capability defines the maximum memory supported. While the operating system software can force a limit over the hardware maximum, limiting it to much less than the actual supported.

Different editions of OS have different memory limits. The base difference is 32 Bit (x86) vs 64 Bit (x64).

Understanding RAM Memory types

Major commonly used types – SDRAM, DDR, DDR2, DDR3 and DDR4 as of 2019

Speeds – Beginning from 133MHz (SDRAM) to 3400MH (DDR4) and more.

Other technical terms such as latency, timings and voltages, differ with the memory type you choose from, based on the motherboard and processor support specifications. There is also a term similar to DDR, that begins with G, stands for Graphics (GDDR), and that is related Graphics Memory, similar technology but for better graphical experience.

Once you have the basic information, you are faced with a number of options to purchase from. There are several top memory resellers to choose from. We at MemoryStock (Since 1999), offer various brands ranging from a base standard House Brand to reputed brands such as Samsung, HP Certified, Dell Certified, Micron, Hynix and several other brands as well.

To make things much simpler, we have an inbuilt memory scanning tool, that can do all these research at a click, in a few seconds. Watch this short video, on how to find the right memory upgrade, using scanning tool:

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