RAM specification is extremely important to know since it will dictate what programs and games could run on your system. In fact, the better the specs, the higher performance you could expect.
In this guide, you will learn how to check RAM specs on your Windows desktop or laptop. No need to install third-party apps to get the info. Let’s get into it!
1. Right-click on Taskbar, then select Task Manager.
2. Go to the Performance tab.
3. Select Memory.
4. This part shows the actual capacity of RAM (16GB) and the total capacity you can use (15,9GB).
5. On the bottom right there are some other important information.
- Speed: The maximum data rate speed, higher is better.
- Slots used: A number of slots available and the amount have been used. In my case, it was a dual-slot.
- Form factor: DIMM is for desktop and SODIMM is for laptop. Generally, the only difference is the dimension and power consumption.
- Hardware reserved: It tells how much storage in RAM used for system or firmware.
The most important factors are the capacity and the speed of your RAM. While the capacity can’t be changed unless you upgrade the component, the speed, on the other hand, can be modified through overclocking. Though I wouldn’t recommend that since it’s quite complex and risky — except if you are familiar with that.
You can disable some background apps on Windows 10 to free up the memory and thus improve performance for the running programs and games. Also, enabling the Ultimate Performance mode could give you the most of the PC’s performance.
Other than RAM, there’s something called VRAM and it’s responsible for graphics. Learn how to check how much VRAM available on your system.