What You Need To Know About PC RAM

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What You Need To Know About PC RAM

In this chapter, we will explore how to identify DRAM, explain the different types of RAM, set up RAM on a computer, and carry out RAM troubleshooting. These skills are necessary for hardware certification.

DRAM begins with 30 and 70-pin SIMM chips manufactured for SIMM sockets on motherboards. In modern systems, RAM comes in 32, 64, and 128 bits wide and is described in GB values. SDRAM was a 168 pin variety of RAM that was typically 64 bits wide, while RDRAM was a typically 184 pin variety. These RDRAM sticks had to be installed in a pair and were created to compete with other CPUs. Fast RAM made RDRAM obsolete and was also typically installed in 184 pin variety. Also known as DDR SDRAM, this technology works with the respective motherboards. The different speeds of each RAM should be known in order to earn this certification. Later, DDR3 offered an even more advanced random access memory technology. The ideal RAM is the one that is compatible with the motherboard.

In computers, parity and ECC allow RAM to detect errors and correct them. These are typically used on high-end workstations. Adding RAM improves the overall performance of your computer. These RAM chips should always be handled by the sides and never by the connectors. This certification tests your knowledge of knowing the minimum requirements of each Windows operating system. Do your research to know what RAM cards are ideal for your computer. These cards can be installed by simply snapping it into the motherboard. With CPU-Z, you can review your RAM information. Installing RAM into laptops is a different matter, but modern devices are built in a way to allow for RAM upgrades.

RAM can experience errors called memory errors. Writing down this address can help you identify what kind of problem you are dealing with. These include RAM and parity errors that can be fatal to your system.

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