What type of computer memory (RAM) do I need?





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Published on May 6, 2011

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What kind of memory does your computer use? Memory technologies are not interchangeable. Alison's here to show you the difference between types of memory technologies so when you're ready to upgrade your laptop computer, desktop, or Mac® system, you'll know exactly what to look for.

All computers use random access memory (RAM), but it's important to know what kind of memory your system uses before you buy an upgrade. DDR4 is the newest memory technology, followed by DDR3, DDR2, then DDR. As with most parts of your computer, the faster that data can be transferred within the system, the quicker your computer will run.

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