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Buying the Ideal RAM for your Laptop: 6 Things to Consider

RAM for your Laptop

A laptop with low memory is a source of stress. It leads to slow performance and stability problems. If this is what is prompting you to buy RAM for your laptop, you need to make a few considerations before making a move.

The following will help you make the right decision as you search for the appropriate RAM


What to consider when selecting RAM

1. The needs you have  

Your needs will determine what RAM to buy. If you require a system that performs efficiently, you will find an appropriate one.  The Task Manager can enable you to know the status of your RAM. If you have used up more than 75-80 percent of the system's memory, acquiring a new RAM or upgrading, is the right option to take.

How much Random Access Memory (RAM) to satisfy your needs depends on your overall usage. If you use it for light work such as typing or watching a few videos, 2 or 4 GB is enough.

If you have moderate usage, the 4-8 GB will be sufficient. For you to require 16-32 GB, you must be a heavy user who opens more than 30 tabs at once that consume a lot of power.


2. RAM compatibility

When searching for the same size of RAM as the current one, ensure the one you buy has the similarly matched clock speeds and timing as the current RAM. It makes it easier for your laptop to function efficiently.  

You may also consider buying higher RAM with the same bus speed. Each laptop possesses a particular RAM that befits it.


3. Motherboard

Check the motherboard configuration to see the bus speeds it can bear. This will inform you of the purchase of RAM to make, ideally, one that has the greatest bus speed. Identify the number of Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM) slots your motherboard can handle so you do not end up buying excess RAM sticks.

Ensure that the RAM form-factor is for laptops, which should be SO-DIMM. The motherboard determines the type of RAM to purchase. Based on their double data rates (DDRs). The date of manufacture can guide you into the type of DDR that system has.

Current laptops are DDR4. If the motherboard supports several memory channels, then you need to find a memory kit that matches for optimal performance. Buy such multi-channel kits with a focus on the system-specific memory. This can be 2-4 sticks which when combined, will give you the RAM that you desire.


4. Memory Kits

Some memory kits may not work well with certain CPU heat sinks because they might have a big size that will interfere with the RAM. Check the CPU coolers first and their proximity to the DIMM slots.


5. RAM expandability

Examine your laptop to find out if it allows for RAM expandability. Also, find out if it is possible to do an upgrade by checking the bottom. You will see whether it is completely sealed or if your RAM is soldered onto the motherboard.


6. Budget

Your budget determines whether you will buy full memory or part of it to bring it up to what you desire. For instance, if your laptop has 4GB and you want a total of 8 GB, your budget size will dictate whether to buy another 4GB to make 8 GB or to buy a full 8 GB stick.



It is prudent to understand which RAM suits your laptop to avoid unnecessary inconveniences. RAM increases your laptop's performance enabling you to work efficiently.

The above pointers will help you make the right decision as you prepare to buy the appropriate RAM to meet your needs. Feel free to contact us for more information.

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