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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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Understanding RAM

When purchasing a computer, you will be faced information on two different kinds of storage: RAM and disk storage.

There is often some confusion between RAM and a computer’s disk storage. It’s easy to see how this can occur, seeing as both are measured in gigabytes (GB). Understanding RAM can help a lot when it comes to choosing a computer to suit your needs.

So what is the difference? 
RAM stands for random-access memory, and it’s where your computer stores the data it is working on at that particular moment. The more RAM a computer has, the more tasks it can comfortably perform at once.

On the other hand, your computer’s disk space (SSD/HDD) is where your computer permanently stores your data, such as your personal documents, music, images, and applications.

How much do I need?
Should you require complex programs such as Adobe Photoshop to run alongside other intensive programs such as video editing software, then your RAM needs will be higher than for those regularly use less demanding computer programs.

Your computer will load programs from its disk storage to its memory while it is being used. Once you close the program, it will be deleted. If you have saved any changes while using the program, these will be saved in your computer’s disk storage.

Because memory is only concerned with programs while they are being used, it is much faster than disk storage. However, it can only store information while your computer is turned on and the program being used is still active. If you turn off your computer or close a program without saving your progress, your RAM will not remember the changes you have made.

Due to this, there is usually significantly less RAM available in a computer than there is disk space. You will usually find computers to have around 4GB of RAM, while offering approximately 500GB of disk storage. It’s possible to purchase computers with 8GB or even 12GB of RAM, but such high quantities are usually unnecessary for the average computer user. Also, RAM is much more expensive per gigabyte than disk storage, so a high amount of RAM will make your computer much pricier.

Different Ram Terminology
There are often different terms for the RAM each computer offers. Buyers can often be confused by terms such as DRAM and SDRAM, but they are merely more specific terms for the same thing. All modern RAM has the prefix DDR, which stands for double-data-rate, and simply refers to the speed of modern RAM types.

Finally, if you plan to purchase a computer for gaming, you may hear of a specific RAM type: GDDR. This RAM is designed to work with the computer’s graphics card. This is not available on all computers and is generally seen on more powerful models.

If you require any support on the memory you require for your machine please talk with one of our technical support team and they will assist you in finding the correct memory for your machine, 

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!

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