How Important Is RAM?
RAM, or random access memory, is an important component of any desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Without RAM, your system would be incredibly slow if functioning at all. As builders of custom computers, we are often asked just how important RAM speed is to specific functions, like gaming. In today’s article, we would like to share with you some information regarding this topic.
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What Is RAM?
Random access memory is kind of like the short-term memory for your computer. It’s responsible for temporarily storing all the information your computer needs in the present and near future. Unlike your hard drive, RAM doesn’t store information long term. Rather, once it loses power, it forgets everything it has learned. But don’t worry, it’s quick at learning new things and keeping it all ready to go. RAM speed is determined by a number of factors — frequency, bandwidth, number of channels, quantity, duat data rate (DDR), latency, and even the speed of the processor. However, unlike CPUs, RAM is not responsible for handling command processes.
What Are The Different Types Of RAM?
There are two key types of RAM: dynamic random access memory (DRAM) and synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM). Practically speaking, these two are relatively interchangeable. Additionally, there is VRAM, which is video RAM. This type of RAM will control the memory that is available to a graphics chip or built on to a graphics card. The most common type of RAM used today is DDR4.
What Is The Most Important Consideration When Picking RAM?
Size is the most important part of choosing the right type of RAM. In order to optimally run certain computer builds, operating systems, and games, a certain degree of RAM is required. However, all this being said, having a massive amount of RAM doesn’t guarantee that your system will be running at lightning speed. While more gigabytes of RAM will improve multitasking, other factors like your memory can have just as much of an impact on your ability to game and run applications.
Another aspect worth mentioning is the downside of faster RAM. While it may seem that high-frequency RAMs are certainly not going to hurt performance, this is not always true. Because higher RAM frequency is often overclocked, it can actually cause some instability that results in freezing and crashing. For this reason, many computer experts suggest that you choose RAM that is not going to overperform and cause system instability.
So How Important Is RAM?
If you are building your own computer, RAM is definitely not something you want to skimp on. This is especially true if you are building a gaming computer or an editing workstation. However, when on a budget and trying to create the rig that provides the biggest bang for your buck, a faster CPU or a top-of-the-line graphics card is sure to have more of an impact on your system’s overall speed. Remember, that a device or a computing system is typically limited by its slowest component.
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