What is RAM?
First, I would like to tell you about system RAM. In computer technology terms, RAM stands for Random Access Memory. On your Motherboard, there is dedicated slot for memory stick (RAM) where it inserted. RAM also known as DIMM (dual insert memory module). Whenever you do any work on your computer, it stores data in your system memory (RAM) until it is processed into the system. Once the user processes it, it will be saved in system hard disk (HDD). RAM is made of memory chips that a hardware system can write or re-write. There are several variants available of RAM like- SD-RAM (old one), DDR, DDR2, DDR3 & DDR4. How would you know or check RAM type in your system? RAM speed is measured in MHz and GHz depending on their clock speed. Check below image of a RAM:
Check RAM Type in Your System
Many times, we get into the situation, where we want to know the RAM type in our system and we do not know how to check RAM type. RAM type means DDR1, DDR2, DDR3 or DDR4. This question comes to our mind when we are thinking to upgrade our system RAM and we do not know whether it’s a DDR2 or DDR3 or could be DDR4 RAM in our system. So, how to identify DDR1, DDR2, DDR3 RAM for PC?
There are many ways to check RAM type in your system. In this article, I will tell you the two best ways to check RAM type in your computer. Whatever you feel convenient and suitable to yours, go with that method. Check RAM Type in Windows Click To Tweet
Method 1: Check RAM Type by Speed Rating
The first method is to check your system RAM type by the label on the RAM itself. For this method, you need to be a bit technical person. Because it is very sensitive work. In this, you need to open the cover of your desktop tower or laptop and safely remove the RAM from the motherboard slot (make sure your system is completely turned off and unplugged from the power). Now see on RAM, there is a printed label on RAM that will tell you the RAM type. In case, if you do not see the RAM type printed on it, check the system RAM type by speed rating mentioned on RAM itself:
PC-1600 to PC-3200 – DDR
PC2-3200 to PC2-8500 – DDR2
PC3-6400 to PC3-17000 – DDR3
Method 2. Check RAM Type by Software Utility
This method is very simple and easy. Even, you do not need to open the system cover or to be a technical person. CPU-Z is a utility that help us to know the RAM type in any Windows PC. It is a very simple software application and easy to install. CPU-Z installation will take quick seconds to install and then, quickly gather your system information along with the system RAM type. Check RAM Type in Windows Click To Tweet
Once open on your computer screen, will show your entire system information like- CPU, caches, Mainboard information, Memory (RAM), Graphics, etc. If you particularly check about system memory only (RAM), it will show you RAM type, RAM size, channel used for RAM, NB frequency, etc. Check below image for more information:
NOTE: This method is tested and worked with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.