Many users have asked me these questions: “How do I know what RAM I have?” or more specifically “How do I know if my RAM is DDR3 or DDR4?”. And we usually think that the more we have the better. Anyway, here I will show you how to know what your RAM type is.
Although more RAM generally means the system will perform better, the amount itself is not the only factor to consider. We must also take into account its data transfer speed, which equally affects its efficiency. Currently, RAM memories mostly come in the DDR3 and DDR4 standards.
DDR3 or DDR4
In this post I will show you how you can tell if your RAM type is DDR3 or DDR4. To carry out this guide we only need to know the transfer speed that DDR3 and DDR4 can offer us.
DDR3 SDRAMs offer transfer or read / write speeds of up to 333 million data / second. Meanwhile, DDR4 SDRAM offers speeds of up to 400 million data / second.
Speed ??for DDR is also measured in GB transferred per second, where DDR3 can transfer up to 2.6 GB / s, and DDR4 can transfer up to 3.2 GB / s.
How to know what type of RAM I have
Checking your RAM type is very easy once you know the speeds you are supposed to look for.
# 1. Open the Task Manager.
# 2. go to the Performance tab .
# 3. Select Memory in the left column and look at the top right.
There it will tell you how much RAM you have on your computer and what type it is. In the screenshot you can see that this system is running DDR3.
Not all RAM memories are created equal, so the DDR3 chip in your system may be different from another. The transfer speed it can offer depends on the specific chip you have installed.
You can check the speed of your RAM in the Speed field below the memory graph, as shown in the screenshot above.
You cannot change from DDR3 to DDR4 through driver updates or doubling your RAM. Just as you can’t convert a 250GB hard drive to 500GB, you can’t change the RAM speed or its type through software either.
Usually, the DDR3 standard is sufficient for most or all of our needs. You would only need better or faster RAM for very demanding games, or perhaps for heavy multimedia processing, such as 3D modeling or animation work.
If you want to improve the performance of your system, increasing the RAM may not be the most important point. You may want to invest in an SSD, which may cost less or the same as new RAM and will help your system run faster than using an HDD.