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How To See How Much Memory Is In Your PC (And How Fast It Is)



  RAM on the motherboard of a computer.
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Your computer's RAM is the fast, short-term memory used to run applications and open files. The more RAM your computer has, the more you can do at the same time. Here's how to check how much your system has.

We'll show you how to check how fast your RAM is. Like virtually all technologies except batteries, over time, memory becomes better and faster. Newer computers have faster RAM than older computers.

What is RAM?

RAM stands for "Random Access Memory." This is the physical memory your PC uses. All your open applications, files and other data are stored here for quick access. RAM is different from your computer's SSD or hard drive, which is much slower than RAM. When you start a program or open a file, it is moved from your system's memory to memory.

The more memory you have, the more you can run at the same time. If you do not have enough RAM for your open applications, your system slows down because Windows (or another operating system) needs to move data to the swap file on your system drive. You may even see a low memory error when there is not enough memory.

How much memory you need depends on what you do. You'll need more RAM to play the latest PC games, run virtual machines, and work on 4K videos.

How To Check How Much RAM You Have Under Windows

You can check how much RAM you have in a variety of fast ways.

For Windows 1

0, use 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 "Storage" in the left pane. If you do not see any tabs, first click on "More Details".

Displays the total amount of installed memory. Task Manager also informs you about the standard used, the speed, the form factor, and the number of physical memory slots in your system. You can install more RAM if you can open your PC (not possible on some laptops) and have some free slots.

 RAM size and speed in Windows 10 Task Manager

Task Manager does not provide this useful information on Windows 7. Instead, you can view the total amount of RAM on the Control Panel> System and Security> System page. You can also open it quickly by opening your Start menu, right-clicking on "Computer" and selecting "Properties." Look under "Installed Storage" under "System" on the right.

 See how much RAM a computer has under Windows 7

For more information about your RAM timings under Windows 10 or 7, we recommend CPU-Z. Download and install CPU-Z, launch it, and click the Storage tab to see this information.

If you create your own PC, your RAM may not run until the specified time if you change the time settings.

 CPU-Z displays RAM timings

RELATED: How does RAM speed and timing affect the performance of my PC?

This information is usually displayed in your browser Also the UEFI firmware or the BIOS of the system. This is especially useful if you are using a PC without a working operating system. Just start it, use the shortcut key to bring up the BIOS or UEFI firmware (which is different on each PC), and look for system RAM or RAM information.

RELATED: What does a PC's BIOS and when should I use it?


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