|Inside your Computer - Your Hardware Explained|
Continuing with the “Inside Your Computer” series, this week we will look at memory. Memory is simply a part of your computer which has information uploaded to it temporarily, allowing instant access. The more memory you have the more information that can be uploaded, enhancing your computers performance.
comes in many shapes and sizes, and has changed throughout the history of
computers. For the sake of simplicity I will only cover memory sold with
computers in today’s market.
memory sold today is called DDR and DDR2. It is broken into three main groups.
DDR2 with 240 pins, DDR
184-Pin DIMMs, (Desktop computer memory) and DDR 200 Pin SoDIMM
(Laptop/Notebook memory). The DDR 200-Pin SoDIMM memory is usually half the physical size of its counterpart, DDR 184-Pin DIMM comes in several speeds (2100, 2700 and
3200), DDR2 sticks are 3200, 4200, 5300 and 6400. The picture below shows a DDR 184-Pin
DIMM, none of the memory sticks are compatible with each other.
of today's desktop computers are sold with DDR or DDR2, and they cannot be mixed,
and it is best not to mix with different speed types (i.e. DDR2700, or DDR3200) which can
cause instability within your computer. If you decide to change to the
higher speed memory remember to replace all of it.
now that you know about different sizes and types, the next thing you need
to know the sizes. DDR memory comes in 64mb, 128mb, 256mb, 512mb and 1gb
how much memory can you install? Well unfortunately this is down to the
motherboard installed in your computer. There is three ways to find out,
phone the manufacturer of your computer, look up the motherboard
manufacturers website, and if you are lucky check out the motherboard
general though most new computers should be Ok with two 256mb chips of
memory, but it is best confirming this before buying.
this memory can be installed a chip at a time, some people still carry the
old belief that you have to install two of the same or it won’t work.
Don’t worry as that was along time ago, and PC’s have changed since