All The Thing What You Need To Know While Buying A Memory
Ram is the short term name of Random Access Memory and that’s the place where your computer’s Operating System (OS), Application Programs and other process data is currently being used and are saved, so it can rapidly reach by the Computer’s CPU.
All the parts of the computer serve some function and just like that, ram is also an important hardware to run the computer because it takes place the actual function, it used to store the material that computer needs very quickly.
Ram mainly use to store memory and as compare to other storage devices like Hard Disk Drive or Solid State Drive, ram is actually working much faster but the bad thing about the ram is, it only stores the process data as long as our computer system is running and when we turn off of our PC, all the process data being lost. It usually associated with DRAM which is also a type of memory module.
And you know, if you don’t installed any ram in your motherboard then it’s 100% possible that your computer doesn’t work.
#Some Ram Upgradation Queries Which Needs To Be Clear, At First;
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People buy new ram memory stick without knowing that they actually need it or not, because a lot of people get fooled and it all happened when their computer system gets slow or broke down. There are most of the ram fault can be fixable and if you are that person who is going to buy a new ram to upgrade or fix their PC then these are some couple of things which I wanted to make it clear at first.
And to define those things, now I start with the different conditions what a person is normally going through;
So, Here’s The List Of Some Possible Reasons Why You Needed The New Ram For Your Old Computer:
- Old One Gets Faulty And Occurring Errors
- Computer Showing Nothing On The Display Problem
- Need To Improve Computer’s Performance.
#Old Ram Making Errors: When some computer starts to creating BSOD (blue screen of death) Error or freezing repeatedly while working or maybe on Windows startup, then a lot of people think that their laptop or desktop computer’s Ram is got faulty and need to be replaced to carry on their work, but the thing is, in this condition, not every ram is faulty, most of the times Operating system does.
So, you can quickly confirm that by testing your PC’s ram with the help of some kind of memory tester software and to do that, here’s the link of my another guide where you can find all the information about >> Ram Test = How to Test PC Ram Is Working Properly or Not?
#Nothing Comes Up On The Display After Turning On The PC: I know that this problem mainly occurred because of some kind of hardware fault and most of the times ram is the one who gets faulty. I also know that replacing the new ram at the place of old one does works, but the main thing what people forgot that it’s quite possible that the old ram what you are going to replace also isn’t faulty either, you know why? Because of the aging the ram’s golden contacts gets dirty and starts to lose the connection and that’s the reason why sometimes the old ram stops working where installing the new clean one is working perfect and fine.
In this condition, you can also try to clean your ram before investing your money on a new one. You can follow this link and that’s will definitely going to help you to know every about >> How to Clean a Ram Stick?
#Wanted To Improve Computers Speed: A lot of people think that installing or adding more ram can speed up their computer system even without upgrading anything else, but that statement is actually wrong because there was a time when a normal computer don’t have ram more than 256 MB or 512MB and increasing the size of memory does increase the speed but that only work for that period of time, and not now.
Now normally every computer have more than 2 Gigabytes of memory and that is actually more than enough, only for the normal computer.
To confirm that you really need to upgrade or add the new ram in your computer, you can run any program or game on your computer which you wanted to work perfectly, and then open your computer’s task manager to find the current ram usage.
If you found ram usage stay high like more than 90% then I think yes, you should really need to upgrade your ram but in case, if you found your ram usage looks normal even after running the heavy load task just like shown in the picture given below then I don’t think you should need to upgrade your PC’s ram as the slow performance is actually occurring because of your corrupted operating system or maybe some other reason.
#Recommended Things Which Actually Need To Be Noticed While Buying A New Ram Stick
Buying a ram stick is actually simple because you only need to look for four different specifications to decide the best one for your desktop or laptop computer and now let me make it a lot simpler for you.
So, let’s start with those four things what I’m talking about;
1St – Specification Checkout: Size
Size is the very simple thing to get know about because there are only two types of ram available in the market for computer use and the first one is full-size DIMM which mainly used for the desktop computers, and the second one is half size SODIMM which is only available for laptops use.
So, do make sure about the size before purchasing any;
2nd – Specification Checkout: Type
In computer’s memory, there are so many different varieties of ram are available in the market, like DDR, DDR2, DDR3 and DDR4 and I know most of the times people don’t know which is actually compatible with their desktop or laptop PC and that the reason why selecting a particular type of ram becomes the trickiest part while purchasing any ram module for our computer system.
But now you don’t have to worry about it because it’s actually very simple to judge the type of ram because every different ram has its own voltage to run and that voltage is normally written on your motherboard and on the ram’s sticker too which can really make it a lot easier for you to find the compatible one.
There are also some other different ways are available to check the ram type compatibility but In fact, checking the voltage is actually the stress-free way to find the perfect one for your PC.
Ram Voltage Spec List:
- DDR1 – 2.5V
- DDR2 – 1.8V
- DDR3 – 1.5V
- DDR4 – 1.2/1.3V
If you don’t know, voltage is the SI unit of electromotive force and in a normal language, that’s the amount of particular electricity what a particular type of ram is used to run itself. There are so many different ways to find the voltage support specification as you can see in the following list given below:
- By using the 3rd party software.
- By checking the description of ram, online.
- By checking the voltage written on the motherboard.
- By checking the windows task manager.
- By checking the motherboard’s specification page.
So, make sure about the ram type compatibility because you can’t mix DDR4 with DDR3, and DDR3 cannot be mixed with DDR1 and DDR2;
You can also check out my this suggest article, where I mentioned the full guide about >> Finding – What Type of Ram does My Computer Supports?
3rd – Specification Checkout: Capacity & Capacity Compatibility
The capacity of the memory is also the main thing to be noticed, commonly the additional capacity means the additional data you kept in your ram. Ram’s memory consumptions are fully depended on both of your computer’s software and Operating System. So you need to check both the figure to actually know, that how much ram is suitable for your computer to get the flawless performance.
To know more about it, you can actually follow my this suggested article which can help to know everything about >> How Much Ram You Need For Your Computer?
#Hardware Capacity Compatibility: After deciding the amount of ram capacity do you need for yourself, you’ll also have to make sure that your desktop’s or laptop’s motherboard do support that amount of ram or not.
To do that, you’ll have to check your desktop’s motherboard specification and for laptops, you don’t need to search specs of the motherboard, just search for your laptops model no. specification and you will find all the details in it.
#Operating System Capacity Compatibility: Hardware isn’t the only thing that you’ll need to check for the compatibility because the OS Memory Capacity Compatibility is the second main thing that matters the most.
I’m only suggesting you this because every Operating System supports limited amount of memory, and not just that, the memory restrictions also depends on 32 Bit OS and 64 Bit OS because the 32 Bit architecture OS only supports the ram size up to 4 GB where the 64 Bit architecture OS can support various capacity of memory sizes.
The following table specifies the limits on physical memory for Windows 7:
|Version||Limit on X86||Limit on X64|
|Windows 7 Ultimate||4 GB||192 GB|
|Windows 7 Enterprise||4 GB||192 GB|
|Windows 7 Professional||4 GB||192 GB|
|Windows 7 Home Premium||4 GB||16 GB|
|Windows 7 Home Basic||4 GB||8 GB|
|Windows 7 Starter||2 GB||N/A|
For Example – If you are the user of mac, then the circumstances are different as compared to Windows because iMac (27 inch –late 2013) support the 32 GB, iMac (2009 –late 2012) support the 16 GB and iMac (2006-2009) support the 6 GB ram. Or if you are the user of Linux then 32 Bit support 4 GB of ram and 64 Bit support up to 7 TB of ram.
4th – Specification Checkout: Speed & Speed Compatibility
The speed of the ram stick define in MHz (megahertz). Normally the memory module available in many different MHz digits like 1600, 1866, 2133, 2400, 2800, 2933, and 3200 MHz’s. Not just MHz, CAS Latency is also the noticeable thing to look for if you’re purchasing the memory to do some hardcore work on your computer system.
This video will help you out to know more about that:
All the Ram Stick commonly designed to be backward-compatible, so you can securely add any faster memory into your computer even if your computer’s motherboard only designed to run slower memory. However, your system will operate at the speed of the slowest memory module.
There is one more thing what you should also need to keep in mind, that the memory you’re going to install need to be the same type – for example, DDR4 cannot be mixed with DDR3, and DDR3 cannot be mixed with DDR1 and DDR2.
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