So you have come to that crossroads with your PC – “Do I purchase a new computer or do I upgrade my current machine? Whether you have an old DDR2 machine or one of the latest DDR5 models adding DRAM memory will not only extend the life of the machine it will also significantly improve the performance.
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What is Dram and why do I need it?
Dynamic Random Access Memory or DRAM as it is more well known is the most common type of memory that is used within todays computers. This type of memory allows machines to hold large amounts of information to hand while the machine is switched on. The more memory a machine has the quicker the machine is able to run due to the acessability of the information within the DRAM.
Will installing more memory help my applications run faster?
By adding more memory to your machine, you are allowing the system to use the memory as and when it needs to. If you are running intensive memory applications such as games, image software or large databases then the more memory you have installed the quicker and easier the system can cope with the data processing requirements.
If you have installed a memory upgrade and you cannot see any performance advantage you may find that they system does not need to utilise the memory for the applications that you are using. Also take into consideration that memory is not the only upgrade available to increase the performance of machines.
How do I know if I need more memory?
If you have begun to see your machines system performance start to slow down and you can also hear the hard drive working constantly then you will need to upgrade your memory.
The hard drive is working overtime as there is not enough RAM memory for the system to use in order to complete its tasks. Therefore the system is sending information to and from the hard drive to accomplish this. As RAM memory works faster then hard drives the system performance will therefore seem slower.
What is the difference between ECC/Non-ECC/ECC Reg?
Non-ECC modules are used in the majority of desktops and laptops and do not have any error detection or correction capability. ECC modules are normally used in Servers and Workstations and are able to detect and correct certain types of memory errors and therefore offer an additional level of reliability. ECC registered modules contain a register which delays the data by one clock cycle and are generally used on Servers that require a lot of memory.
Is it difficult is it to install memory?
It is very straightforward to add memory to a machine. The task generally requires you to locate the memory expansion slots on the machine, push the memory into the expansion slots and then re-boot the machine. The system will then recognise the memory automatically.
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