Thursday, 13 November 2014

Identify Ram Chips

Empty RAM slots on a motherboard

Random access memory (RAM) chips, or RAM modules, are units of physical memory that plug into a computer's motherboard and send data to the CPU, to allow a computer to run. The amount of RAM you have installed on your system can affect your ability to run programs; in general, the more RAM you have, the more you will be able to multitask without experiencing lag. If you plan to upgrade your RAM, or simply wish to know what type of RAM your computer is using, there are several ways to identify RAM.


Opening the Case

1. Turn off your PC and unplug all the cables.

2. Open the computer's case with a screwdriver. Standard cases have several screws along the right side of the back of the case; removing these screws will allow the side panel to slide off, revealing the motherboard.

3. Uninstall a RAM chip, and read the label on the chip for relevant identifying information. The RAM chips are usually next to a conspicuous CPU fan and heat sink on the motherboard. Press down firmly on the plastic locking clamps on either side of the chip to uninstall it.

4. Reinstall the RAM chip, close your case and plug the cables back in. Align the RAM chip in the slot you removed it from in the same orientation, and then firmly press it down into the slot until the locking claps secure it in place.

Using Crucial Memory Scanner

5. Go to Crucial's Memory Scanner page (see Resources for link).

6. Check the check box under "Crucial System Scanner tool," then click "Download the Scanner," and save the file to your hard drive.

7. Run CrucialScan.exe after the download is complete. Running the downloaded file will open a new tab on your browser with information about your installed RAM chips.


8. Go to the CPU-Z download page (see Resources for link).

9. Click one of the download links for CPU-Z listed as "No Install," and then save the program to your hard drive.

10. Run Cpuz.exe after the download is complete, by simply following the online prompts. A diagnostic window will appear.

11. Click on the "SPD" tab. Detailed information about the RAM chip in the first RAM slot will be displayed. Change the value in drop-down list under "Memory Slot Selection" to slot 2, 3 or 4, to view information about your other RAM chips.

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