Tech Term Tuesday: RAM

It’s time for another Tech Term Tuesday! Every week here on the Howard blog, we’ll be taking it back to basics to help you understand the ins and outs of your computer. This week’s tech term is RAM:

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“Are they talkin’ to us?”

No, not that kind of ram (although it is pronounced the same way)!

RAM is the memory that your computer has readily accessible. It’s kind of like the pocket in your jeans. Think of it this way: if you go to the store and leave your wallet in the car, you’ll have to walk all the way back to the car to get it when it’s time to check out. That’s inconvenient and time-consuming. You may even give up and decide making a purchase isn’t worth it. If you leave your wallet in your pocket when you go in to shop, you’ll be able to get to it easily and pay quickly. Your computer works the same way: the more RAM you have, the bigger “pockets” your computer’s memory has, which means that it can load programs and complete tasks faster without taking extra time to go back to the hard drive to retrieve it.

A computer's RAM is like your pocket: it holds the "stuff" you need to get to quickly.

A computer’s RAM is like your pocket: it holds the “stuff” you need to get to quickly.

Unlike your hard drive, which stores information even when your computer is powered off, RAM is a “volatile memory” that requires battery power to hold data. That’s why you should save your work often: if your computer dies or gets unplugged while you’re working, all the information in the RAM could be lost.

If your computer is slow and sluggish, your RAM might be to blame. Low amounts of RAM can mean that things might get hairy if you try to run multiple programs at once (much like if you overstuff your pockets and then try to find something). Luckily, RAM can be added to most computers via RAM modules that can be installed to your motherboard. Grab the problem by the horns and check out our RAM solutions. Feel free to contact our sales team and see how we can make your computer run smoothly and get you back on track!

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