RAM, or random access memory, is the hardware that stores the most essential components of the computer, including the operating system, programs, and data. Because RAM is critical to any computing system, a problem with it—such as insufficient storage space—can compromise a computer's speed and efficiency; more complex issues will require the services of a computer repair professional. To better understand RAM, here’s what you need to know.
What Is Ram?
All of the data stored in RAM is temporary, which means that it only stores information a computer is currently using. The information can be read and written quickly and in any order to ensure the fastest system speeds.
The computer's hard drive is designed to hold the system's permanent storage; this is where applications, data, and files are stored when the computer is not in use or is powered off. RAM is necessary for virtually all of the routine tasks a person uses a computer for, supplying the code for web browsing, loading applications, using word processing or spreadsheet programs, and playing games.
Different computers have different amounts of RAM, and it’s stored in units of information called gigabytes. Computer RAM typically ranges from two to 64 gigabytes. Generally, newer computers have greater RAM capacities. For instance, an iMac® Retina® 5K has 64 GB of RAM, while the earliest iMac from 2006 only has 2 GB.
When Do You Need More RAM?
If a person only uses their computer for light, everyday tasks like checking email and surfing the web, they may not use a lot of RAM. But the more functions a computer utilizes, the more RAM the system will require. If you routinely stream videos, play games, or listen to music on your computer, the system will naturally consume more RAM.
Also, remember that many computer applications take up RAM space by running in the background, even when those programs aren't in consistent use. Fortunately, you can purchase additional RAM and upgrade the functioning and speed of your system. If you have an Apple® product, their website can guide you through the memory installation process.
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