Your computer's RAM is the fast short-term memory that it uses to run applications and open files. The more RAM you have, the more you can do at the same time. Here's how to check how much your system has.
We will also show you how to check the speed of your RAM. Like virtually all technology …except maybe batteries-RAM improves and faster with time. The newer computers will have faster RAM than older computers.
What is RAM?
RAM means "random access memory". This is the physical work memory used by your PC. All your applications, files and other open data are stored here for quick access. RAM is different from your computer SSD or hard disk, which are much slower than RAM. When you start a program or open a file, it is moved from your system's memory to its RAM.
The more RAM you have, the more you can do at the same time. If you do not have enough RAM for your open applications, your system will slow down because Windows (or another operating system) has to move data out. page file on your system drive. You might even see an out of memory error if there is not enough RAM.
The amount of RAM you need depends on what you do. You will need more RAM to play the latest PC games, run virtual machinesand 4K video editing.
How to check how much RAM you have on Windows
You can check how much RAM you have in different ways.
In Windows 10, use the task manager. Right-click on your taskbar and select "Task Manager" or press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open it. Click on the "Performance" tab and select "Memory" in the left pane. If you do not see any tabs, first click on "More Details".
The total amount of RAM you have installed is displayed here. The task manager also tells you the standard used, the speed, the form factor, and the number of physical memory slots in your system that you are using. You can install more RAM if you can open your PC (not possible on some laptops) and have some available slots.
Task Manager does not provide this useful information on Windows 7. You can instead see your total amount of RAM on the Control Panel> System and Security> System page. You can also open this quickly by opening your Start menu, right-clicking on "Computer" and selecting "Properties". Look to the right of "Installed Memory" under System.
To see more specific information about your RAM timings under Windows 10 or 7, we recommend CPU-Z. Download and install CPU-Z, launch it and click on the "Memory" tab to view this information.
If you build your own PC, your RAM may not work at the advertised time adjust the timings.
This information is usually displayed in your system's directory. UEFI or BIOS firmware, as well. This is especially useful if you are using a PC without an operating system. Simply boot it, use the keyboard shortcut to enter the BIOS or UEFI firmware (different on each PC) and search for system memory or RAM information.