HP TECH TAKES /...

Exploring today's technology for tomorrow's possibilities
Does RAM Speed Matter?

Does RAM Speed Matter?

Daniel Horowitz
|
As technology changes and information is stored in new ways, those of you looking for a new computer may be wondering how RAM could affect your purchase. RAM speed is an often-overlooked feature when purchasers are looking for a new system, but it can play a large role in whether or not you’re happy with your new computer in the long run.
Here are some reasons why RAM speed matters when making you’re making the leap to buy a new computer for business or for home use.

What is RAM speed in a computer?

RAM, or random access memory, is where your computer stores data that can easily be deleted or moved. Most of this information tends to be temporary and often relates to certain programs, photos, or documents being open and accessible.
Depending on how much RAM you have, you may be limited in which applications you can having running at one time. Also, your computer may become overwhelmed with the tasks it has to complete if you don't have enough RAM.
If you’re noticing that your computer is running more slowly than it used to, you may want to consider adding more RAM to your system - or buying a new laptop altogether.

The speed of your RAM can determine a number of things such as:

  • How quickly applications are loaded
  • Whether your computer can handle several applications at a time
  • Processing time for large files such as video and photos

How does RAM speed affect the performance of my computer?

Whether or not your RAM speed is fast enough will depend on the type of CPU that you have.
Installing High-Speed RAM
Your RAM’s speed does not alter how fast your CPU goes, even when overclocked or hyper-threaded, but it can slow the CPU down depending on if your RAM is full or not.
If you’re opening large files often and simultaneously working within multiple applications, it helps to have as much RAM as possible. More RAM lets your CPU do its job, especially when you’re loading large video files and doing complex photo-editing work.
This is also why an advanced graphics card can be beneficial, as it helps both the RAM and CPU when you’re performing more intensive tasks.
RAM speed comes down to how much data is transferred at a given time, and much of that can be determined by the number of your RAM module. How fast your information is transferred can depend on the type of DDR memory your computer has as well.
For the most part, the faster your RAM speed is, the more likely you are going to have success working on large files. There is also a RAM rating system used specifically for these types of modules.
You will usually see this in a combination of numbers, and they describe how quickly data is accessed from one column or row of memory to another. These numbers can come in an order like 7-7-7-31 or 4-4-4-23. This can become complicated, but it simply relates to how well a computer can access its own information.

How do I upgrade my RAM?

If you have a PC, it’s fairly easy to add more RAM to your system. Most computers are designed to allow for upgrades, and you can often replace the RAM that came with your computer or add more depending on your needs and your budget.
Before you decide to purchase more RAM, look into your computer’s specifications and see which ones are compatible with your system and model. It should be easy to insert and will begin to work instantly.
This process can be a bit more complicated when upgrading your laptop, however, because of the limited space available. Depending on the manufacturer, you may have to consider taking your laptop to a professional for RAM installation.
RAM speed can be an important part of the efficiency of your computer, and if you are planning to complete some high-performance work, it may be a good idea to upgrade.
About the Author: Daniel Horowitz is a contributing writer for HP® Tech Takes. Daniel is a New York-based author and has written for publications such as USA Today, Digital Trends, Unwinnable Magazine, and many other media outlets.

Popular HP Laptops with High-RAM Capacity

Disclosure: Our site may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

More about these products
Disclaimer

Prices, specifications, availability and terms of offers may change without notice. Price protection, price matching or price guarantees do not apply to Intra-day, Daily Deals or limited-time promotions. Quantity limits may apply to orders, including orders for discounted and promotional items. Despite our best efforts, a small number of items may contain pricing, typography, or photography errors. Correct prices and promotions are validated at the time your order is placed. These terms apply only to products sold by HP.com; reseller offers may vary. Items sold by HP.com are not for immediate resale. Orders that do not comply with HP.com terms, conditions, and limitations may be cancelled. Contract and volume customers not eligible.

HP’s MSRP is subject to discount. HP’s MSRP price is shown as either a stand-alone price or as a strike-through price with a discounted or promotional price also listed. Discounted or promotional pricing is indicated by the presence of an additional higher MSRP strike-through price

The following applies to HP systems with Intel 6th Gen and other future-generation processors on systems shipping with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Pro systems downgraded to Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8.1: This version of Windows running with the processor or chipsets used in this system has limited support from Microsoft. For more information about Microsoft’s support, please see Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle FAQ at https://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle

Ultrabook, Celeron, Celeron Inside, Core Inside, Intel, Intel Logo, Intel Atom, Intel Atom Inside, Intel Core, Intel Inside, Intel Inside Logo, Intel vPro, Itanium, Itanium Inside, Pentium, Pentium Inside, vPro Inside, Xeon, Xeon Phi, Xeon Inside, and Intel Optane are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

In-home warranty is available only on select customizable HP desktop PCs. Need for in-home service is determined by HP support representative. Customer may be required to run system self-test programs or correct reported faults by following advice given over phone. On-site services provided only if issue can't be corrected remotely. Service not available holidays and weekends.

HP will transfer your name and address information, IP address, products ordered and associated costs and other personal information related to processing your application to Bill Me Later®. Bill Me Later will use that data under its privacy policy.

Microsoft Windows 10: Not all features are available in all editions or versions of Windows 10. Systems may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware, drivers, software or BIOS update to take full advantage of Windows 10 functionality. Windows 10 is automatically updated, which is always enabled. ISP fees may apply and additional requirements may apply over time for updates. See http://www.microsoft.com.

“Best All In One Printer” and “the easiest printer you’ve ever had to set up” from Wirecutter. ©2020 The Wirecutter, Inc.. All rights reserved. Used under license. https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-all-in-one-printer/

Get Marvel’s Avengers when you purchase HP gaming PCs with qualifying 9th gen or 10th gen Intel® Core™ i5, i7 and i9 processors. Redemption code will be sent out by email within 60 days of purchase. Limited quantities and while supply lasts. Offer valid thru 12/31/2020 only while supplies last. We reserve the right to replace titles in the offer for ones of equal or greater value. Certain titles may not be available to all consumers because of age restrictions. The Offer may be changed, cancelled, or suspended at any time, for any reason, without notice, at Intel’s reasonable discretion if its fairness or integrity affected whether due to human or technical error. The Offer sponsor is Intel Corporation, 2200 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA. To participate you must create an Intel Digital Hub Account, purchase a qualifying product during the redemption period, enter a valid Master Key, and respond to a brief survey. Information you submit is collected, stored, processed, and used on servers in the USA. For more information on offer details, eligibility, restrictions, and our privacy policy, visit https://softwareoffer.intel.com/offer/20Q3-19/terms.

© 2020 MARVEL. © Intel Corporation. Intel, the Intel logo, and other Intel marks are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

The personal information you provide will be used according to the HP Privacy Statement (https://www8.hp.com/us/en/privacy/ww-privacy.html)