RAM Speeds and Timings Explained

Slow computer means low productivity. Hardware components such as CPU and RAM have changed through the years in terms of clock speed and other performance improvements.

We often hear that improving your computer’s performance require upgrade in RAM capacity but what does increasing RAM really do to your machine? Have you ever been tempted to upgrade RAM lately?

RAM Facts You Need To Know

RAM is a crucial part of every computer. Learn what happens when you upgrade RAM and much more information about your computer’s system resource from the video below presented by our friend Linus. Feel free to press the “Play” button to watch it.

When thinking to upgrade RAM, take note of the numbers that are indicated on memory modules and know what it actually means . Just like CPUs, RAM modules also have clock speed which tells you the amount of data throughput it can process and handle in every second.

Aside from this, it also has timing which is a measure of latency or the number of clock cycles per second that the RAM requires to do certain tasks such as accessing data. Shorter timings would then mean faster performance.

Clock Speed and Timing Affect Performance

So getting a RAM that has good clock speed and timing is important if you want better performance on your computer. And since RAMs also have clock speed like CPUs, it can also be overclocked but it won’t really give noticeable results in terms of improving performance.

The idea of installing better RAM doing impact on performance is often debated because many enthusiasts argue that all RAMs handle large bandwidths of data very well. Most of the programs we have at present barely reaches maximum of that bandwidth so there really won’t be big difference in performance when using better RAM as they say.

What Our Experience Reveal

Based on our experience, we installed more RAM modules to one of our old computers that we use for testing and screenshot capturing. From 2GB, we installed 4GB RAM module and we noticed great improvement in performance (in terms of eliminating hangs and freezes especially when running several programs) after doing a clean install of Windows 10.

So this is how we see it. Choosing RAM that has better clock speeds and timing might not bring significant increase in data processing and performance but increasing RAM capacity would help remove freezes and hangs that usually come up when several apps and programs are active.

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