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How to Detect the Type of RAM in Your PC
Posted by Administrator on 23 April 2019 12:30 pm

DDR3 vs. DDR4

One of the key differences in RAM types you may encounter is between DDR3 and DDR4 RAM, two similar types of double-data-rate SDRAM, the acronym for synchronous dynamic random-access memory.

DDR4 operates at a lower voltage than DDR3, but the voltage difference won't be too significant in home use. It can, however, make an impact for large-scale computing, such as running servers.

While DDR3 speed maxes out at 2133 millions of transfers per second, DDR4 starts at 2133 MT/s.

Task Manager

Perhaps the most straightforward RAM test you can perform on your PC is via the good old Task Manager.

On Windows 10 and earlier versions of the OS, just press CTRL, ALT and Delete simultaneously to open the Task Manager, then click the Performance tab.

Here, you'll see a breakdown of your system memory.

This will tell you how many gigabytes of RAM your computer current has. It will also display the RAM speed, such as 1600 or 1233 MT/s, and its form factor.

Most modern PCs use DIMM (Dual-Inline Memory Module) RAM, while laptops use SODIMM (Small-Outline Dual-Inline Memory Module) RAM.

CPU-Z RAM Checker Software

CPUID's CPU-Z has served as a longtime standard RAM checker tool for PCs, and it's still free to download and use for Windows 10.

After downloading the software from CPUID's site, installing it and launching it, click the Memory tab to get your PC's detailed RAM specs.

CPU-Z not only lists your PC's RAM type (such as DDR3 or DDR4), it lists its speed, size, number of operating channels, NB frequency, DRAM frequency and even more down-to-the-bone stats, ranging from the RAM's command rate to its row refresh cycle time.

Additionally, CPU-Z provides information on your PC's processor name and number, its codename and cache levels and the real-time measurement of each memory core's internal frequency and memory frequency.