RAM, or Random Access Memory, makes up your computer’s physical memory - completely separate your computer’s Hard Drive storage. RAM is what allows you to properly run a program as well as multi-task multiple programs simultaneously. Let’s take a look at how it works:
When you select a program and run it, your computer processor sends a command to retrieve that program from the hard drive.
The computer then places the selected program in its RAM so the processor can access the program information quickly and easily.
The more RAM you have, the faster your computer will run. Higher RAM allows more workspace for programs to run and communicate with other components.
If your computer is running slow, adding RAM can boost its speed. However, some motherboards and operating systems can’t handle a RAM upgrade, so make sure you check the RAM limits for your machine before making a purchase.
Computers with less than 4GB of RAM are prime candidates for an upgrade. Here’s a great example of what you can do with the right amount of RAM:
4-6 GB of RAM is great for handling standard tasks like web browsing and email.
6-8 GB is better for multitasking, including video gaming, listening to music, and having books and other programs all running at once.
8+ GB satisfies the needs of hardcore gamers, video editors, graphic designers, and other high-performance users.