Getting Started with RAM
I didn't finish this article, but some if it is useful, so i've published it anyway.
- DDR -
- MHz - MegaHertz:
- The number of times per second the RAM can be accessed
- CAS Latency - Column Access Strobe or often just “CL”
- The amount of time the RAM takes to respond to an instruction
- Read this article from whatintech.com
Where to Shop
- RAM Manufacturers
- RAM Sizes (this is a bad explanation)
- 2GB is tiny
- 4GB is small
- 8GB fits most needs
- 16GB for almost all gaming & creative needs
- 32GB is a lot
- Do RAM sticks need to be identical? (see crucial.com)
- Prefer same brand due avoid errors
- Match DDR4 with DDR4 (required) (or ddr3 w/ ddr3, etc)
- Match voltage (recommended) or all RAM sticks will run at highest voltage
- Match MHz (recommended) or all RAM sticks will run at the lowest MHz
- Match CAS Latency (recommended) or all sticks will run at highest latency
- RAM Speeds: (see whatintech.com)
- DDR4 Ranges from 2400-4400 MHz. Read more from crucial
- "The “sweet spot” for most users today (particularly gamers) with the price in mind is around CL14 2666MHz to CL16 3200MHz." - whatintech.com
Where to learn more
- RAM Speeds
- Do RAM sticks need to match?
Check compatability with laptop / Motherboard
Can I trust this manufacturer?
Can I trust this seller?
Other stuff I'm curious about
- C-Die vs D-Die (something i saw as a difference between two samsung sticks)
- Crucial says most RAM sellers just assemble chips manufactured by other companies & there are very few actual manufacturers.