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Whether you’re a seasoned computer system builder, an amateur just getting started, or you simply want to make some minor upgrades to your store-bought PC, it’s important to know about system memory and how it affects your computer.
Memory (also known as RAM) is the computer's workspace – the place where the computer temporarily stores data and programs. Therefore, memory performance is an important factor that influences the overall performance of your PC. It is important to not confuse RAM computer memory with storage, like hard drives or SD cards.
PC desktop RAM temporarily stores data and instructions for use by the central processing unit (CPU). System memory is referred to as RAM, which stands for Random Access Memory. Modern system memory can store data in different areas, which can be accessed randomly. Previous versions of RAM were accessed sequentially. To illustrate the difference, compare finding a song on a CD with finding an MP3 on your smart phone.
RAM for the PC is typically attached to the motherboard in the form of a module called a DIMM (Dual Inline Memory Module), which is a circuit board that holds the memory chips and plugs into the motherboard.
While some RAM manufacturers refer to their products as gaming memory, all RAM functions generally the same way. The big differences come between generations of RAM, like RAM and SDRAM or DDR3 and DDR4. With each generation of computer memory, system performance gains are made.
Other categories of computer RAM are unbuffered and registered memory. Almost all system memory in PCs today is unbuffered memory. With increasing system memory, stability and performance deterioration is inevitable. To compensate, systems with more RAM use registered memory instead, which contains registers to temporarily hold data for one clock cycle before it is transferred. This increases the reliability, but sacrifices some performance. Registered memory modules are typically used only in servers and other mission-critical systems where it is extremely important that data is properly handled. Motherboard support is necessary as well.
Finally, there’s ECC memory (Error Checking and Correction). Occasionally, the data held by memory becomes corrupted, but with error correction, as far as your processes are concerned, the error never happened. This is important for critical processes.
Whatever type of memory you’re looking for, Newegg works with all of the popular manufacturers, like G.Skill, Corsair, Kingston, Crucial, and more. Find the perfect RAM for your PC system today!