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Offtek have been supplying laptop memory, computer memory and memory for all devices online since 1997 and have quickly established ourselves as one of the UK's premier memory distributors as well as one of Europe's largest online memory suppliers.

We offer fast, free UK delivery including a 60 day money back guarantee and ensure your order is 100% compatible.

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How do I Identify My Computer’s Memory Type?

If you are in any way, thinking of upgrading the RAM on your PC, then the starting point is naturally going to be what your current memory state is. Factors that will guide your future RAM choice will include:

  •  What type of RAM do I have? (e.g. DDR2, DDR3 etc)
  •  How much memory do you have installed already?
  •  What RAM does your motherboard support?
The last thing you want to do is guess, as you could be just throwing money away if you purchase unsuitable RAM hardware.

So, with this in mind, here is a step by step guide to checking your RAM setup:

Option 1 

Step 1

As Windows system configuration information found on the PC itself will only include very basic information about the amount of RAM you have and how much is ‘useable’, there is a necessity to download a free 3rd party application to provide you with more detailed data.
One we would recommend is ‘CPU-Z’. The reason for this endorsement is not financially driven (ie we’re getting paid to say nice things about them). It is because they have a good reputation and are a safe bet for downloads...and of course because it’s free.

Step 2
Once your download is complete, you just need to follow the installation instructions to get it on your PC. Launch the application and perform the necessary scan.
You will then be presented with the required information regarding your PC. This application will have scanned the whole computer and lots of detailed info will be available under the general CPU, Caches, Motherboard, Memory, SPD and Graphics.
Select ‘Memory’ and you should now be seeing all of your Memory system info.

Things to look out for
You will be looking at a lot of information, but the first one you should be seeing is the ‘Type’ of RAM, which is the main thrust of this article.

Presuming you have a relatively recent laptop or PC, then you will have installed, a version Double Data Rate (or DDR) SDRAM. Possible types are DDR, DDR2, DDR3 and DDR4, with DDR4 being the most recent and consequently most powerful. Simply, the higher number at the end, the newer the version is.

Option 2

Search for your specific model within the Offtek memory configurator and we will list the exact modules that are compatible with your machine.  Should your model not be listed contact one of our customer services team who will do the research for you and provide you with information on the correct memory upgrade for your machine.

A note of Caution
If you don’t go for the CPU-Z scanning application mentioned earlier, then do please do your research before you download anything. Some less reputable sites can hide malware, adware and alternative browsers in with the download, so be careful!

The History of eMachines

The brand known as eMachines was not around for long when compared to established industry names like IBM and Dell, as the company was founded in 1998 in the US. The enterprise had financial backing from multiple investors including South Korean Monitor makers Korea Data Systems and TriGem, a Korean computer manufacturer.

Located in Irvine, California, eMachines produced a line of economy PCs and employed over 130 staff. Whilst not a giant in the industry, the company still produced 1-2 million machines each year, which retailed between $399 and $999 and incidentally came without a monitor.

Cornering The Low Cost Market
The economy end of the market was the eMachines forte at the time, as their machines were at least $200-$300 cheaper than their closest competitor, which resonated with consumers looking for a bargain. This resulted in eMachines becoming ubiquitous in the computer retail world and commonplace on retail shelves across the US, but what it also did was spark off a price war between themselves and other major manufacturers that included Compaq, HP and Packard Bell.

The Dot Com Boom
By the early months of 2000, the Dot Com Boom was in full effect and in order to maximise their earning potential, eMachines floated on the stock exchange with an initial share price of $9. However, this proved to be a mistake and the company soon began to hemorrhage money, leading to a stock price of a measly 14 cents within 12 months. eMachines regained its private status shortly after.
The T6000
In late 2003, eMachines launched the T6000 PC, which was cited as the first mass-produced AMD Athlon 64 system, retailing at $1150. eMachines also sold M6000 notebooks another Athlon 64 system both of which were marketed and sold through retail giant Best Buy and online

The enterprise was bought lock, stock and barrel in 2004 by industry rival Gateway Computers, which itself was bought out by Taiwanese giant Acer a few years later. The purchase cost Gateway the princely sum of $262m and turned Wayne Inouye, then CEO of eMachines into the CEO of Gateway as part of the deal.

Despite the sale, the eMachines brand remained however until the company ceased operations entirely in the early part of 2013, a fact that was announced by Jerry Kao, Associate VP of Acer at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2013).

Ceased Operations
eMachines were only in existence for 5 years, but they played their part in making home computers more accessible and affordable for everyone.

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