When it comes to RAM, users think more is better. While more RAM will usually mean your system runs better, the amount of RAM you have is not the only thing you need to look at when buying it.
RAM also has a data transfer speed and that also affects efficiency. There are two variables on this transfer speed: SDR and DDR. DDR ie, Dual Data Level has two standards; DDR3 and DDR4.
Here’s how you can do it check if your RAM type is DDR3 or DDR4.
DDR3 Speed And DDR4
DDR3 offers movement or read / write speeds of up to 2133 million movements / second while DDR4 offers movement or read / write speeds of up to 3200.
The speed for DDR is also measured in GBs moved per second where DDR3 can move up to 14.9GBs / sec, and DDR4 can move up to 2.6GB / sec.
For our reason, we just need to know the transfer speed that both DDR3 and DDR4 have to offer.
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Check RAM Type
Checking the type of RAM is very easy, once you know the distances you should be looking for. Open Task Manager and go to the Performance tab. Select a memory from the column on the left, and look at the top right. It will tell you how much RAM you have and what type it is. In the thumbnail below, you can see that the system is running DDR3.
Not all RAM is created equal so the DDR3 chip on your system may be different from the one on another system. The speed at which it has to offer depends on the specific chip that is inserted. To check the speed, look below the Memory graph and you will see a specific Speed range telling you how fast your RAM is.
You cannot convert DDR3 to DDR4 through driver updates or by duplicating your RAM. Just as you cannot convert a 500 GB hard disk to a 1 TB hard disk with software, you cannot change the speed of the RAM or the type through software.
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- High-performance PCBs guarantee strong signal quality and durability for advanced overclocking capability.
- A rigid aluminum heater dissipates heat from each module efficiently so that they run at consistently high clock speeds.
For many systems, DDR3 is often enough for most, if not all,. All you need is more RAM, better or faster ie DDR4 for gaming, or maybe the provision of heavy multimedia eg, 3D modeling or animation work. If you want to improve the speed of your system, boosting RAM may not be the best way to do it. It is best to invest in an SSD. An SSD can cost less or about the same as new RAM and will help your system run faster than when using an HDD.
If the Task Manager does not show you whether you have DDR3 or DD4 or not, you can use a free app called CPU-Z to scan. Download, install it, and run it. Go to the Memory tab and the ‘Type’ field will show you whether your RAM is DDR3 or DD4.
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