What is RAM ?

We all know that memory is a key component of any computer system, but what exactly does it do? In this blog post, we will explore the ins and outs of RAM. We’ll provide an overview on how it’s made and what to look for when purchasing new RAM for your PC or laptop. Plus, we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about whether you should upgrade your current RAM or buy more. So have a seat and let’s get started!

RAM stands for Random Access Memory, which means that it stores data in any order rather than sequentially like magnetic media (hard disk drives). Data can be written to RAM as well as read from RAM very quickly. This makes memory ideal for when the CPU needs to access frequently used programs such as Windows itself or an web browser with many open tabs at once. The faster this process happens, typically measured in nanoseconds (ns), the better since there’s less time spent waiting on the computer to respond while stored files are being called up off of external storage devices such as a spinning hard disk drive.

Types Of Ram

Currently, there are two types of RAM that you can buy: DDR (Double Data Rate) and SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory). And while they both work exactly the same way, the standards for each type have changed over time to allow faster speeds as technology improves. For example, in 2006 DDR-400 was released with data transfer rates at 400MHz or .25ns whereas today’s new standard is running at 2400Mhz which works out to just under 14ns! This has allowed memory manufacturers like Crucial, Corsair, Gskill & Mushkin to create high performance but low latency modules that can keep up with even our newest Intel i processors. These advancements also mean that it’s more important than ever to be sure you’re buying the right kind of memory for your PC or laptop.

How much should I buy

Here are some questions that we often get about RAM and whether or not you can upgrade it on your own. If so, how much should I buy?

We recommend a minimum of DDR-1600 (PC) for Intel i processors with an option to purchase faster speeds such as DDR-2400 if the budget allows. For AMD Ryzen users looking at their AMP series motherboards, we recommend using only high performance modules from top notch manufacturers like Corsair & Gskill since these boards aren’t designed to support other standards besides those offered by the manufacturer themselves. And finally, what’s the difference between dual channel vs quad channel memory configurations? We’ll this answer is simple but important: they don’t! The motherboard will split up data flows between the two or four memory channels depending on how many modules you have installed. Some motherboards support dual channel configurations with only two RAM sticks while others will support up to four. However, this doesn’t have anything to do with how much RAM you should buy or the speed of it either since all of that is dictated by the CPU you’re using.

How Fast Should Your RAM Be?

RAM comes in a variety of speeds and configurations but the main thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t worry about what’s inside your computer or how much it costs. If you’re running an Intel i processor, we recommend DDR-1600 minimum with faster RAM if possible because they are designed to work together. For AMD Ryzen users looking at their AMP series motherboards, we only recommend high performance modules from top notch manufacturers since these boards aren’t designed to support other standards besides those offered by the manufacturer themselves. And finally, dual channel vs quad channel doesn’t mean anything when talking about memory configuration as this is dictated by the motherboard which has nothing to do with how much RAM you should buy its speed either. The best tip is to Keep it simple by purchasing RAM with the same specs and speed as your CPU.