Have you recently heard someone grumbling, “This computer really needs a RAM upgrade.” in a somewhat exasperated tone and wondered why. Random Access Memory (RAM) is computer memory; it is essentially the short-term memory for your computer. Without adequate memory a computer may perform sluggishly and become frustrating to use. Upgrading a computer’s RAM is one of the fastest and least expensive strategies to improve computer performance. In general, a RAM upgrade can result in:
- Better multi-tasking: Your computer will be able to run more programs simultaneously without freezing.
- Faster web browsing: Although connection speed impacts how quickly web pages load, so does RAM. Many pages include interactive components like flash and streaming video that leverage RAM. Upgrading RAM can significantly improve your web browsing experience.
- Multi-media editing: Editing video, audio and even images requires significant amounts of RAM. Unless you load up, you are likely to become frustrated waiting for your computers to catch up with your requests.
- Improved operating system responsiveness: Many operating systems like Windows come with a dizzying number of features and many of those consume RAM. Although computers list minimum RAM requirements, in most cases minimum memory will result in minimal responsiveness.
Things to Consider When Upgrading RAM
Not all RAM is the same. Although it is relatively straightforward to obtain and upgrade RAM, determining the type of RAM your computer needs can be a challenge. If you select the wrong type it will not be compatible with your computer.
What things vary about RAM? There are different types of RAM such as Fast Page (FPM) and SDRAM which are not compatible with each other. In addition, the sockets that hold the RAM inside of the computer vary; it is important to get RAM that is the right size and with the correct pin modules or it will not fit in your computer. Finally, many computers may have maximum limits for the amount of RAM they can actually use.
If you are unsure of type of RAM you need, you should consult a professional repair service like RGB Computer Solutions.