What You Can Do With 512MB of DDR1 SDRAM

Random access memory (RAM) is one of the things you can upgrade on your computer to make the device run faster. DDR SDRAM acts as a temporary storage place in your module for the data you are browsing. Once you turn off your desktop or laptop, the memory module dumps what you were looking at and is ready to look at something else the next time you power on your computer.

Are there different kinds of RAM?

You will need to know which type of RAM your module uses before you add memory. This is because the existing memory sticks or chips must be the same kind as the ones you add. Some of the different types of RAM include:

  • Static RAM (SRAM): This type retains data in its memory as long as there is power being furnished to the module.
  • Dynamic RAM (DRAM): This kind holds more data in memory than SRAM does and it uses more power because the capacitors need to be constantly refreshed.
  • Synchronous Dynamic RAM (SDRAM): Also referred to as DDR1, this type of RAM functions at twice the speed of DRAM.
How do you know the kind of RAM you need?

You can learn which kind of memory module you need long before you open up your CPU by looking under the Performance tab. if you don't find it there, you may need to look at the owner's manual or the manufacturer’s website.

Why should you upgrade your computer's memory?

As more and more sophisticated desktop or laptop programs come on the market, they require more SDRAM to run them. For example, if you are editing a large number of photos, you will use more SDRAM. You may find that your CPU is running more slowly than it did before. By adding more memory to your system, you will be able to run your programs without delay.

How much memory do you need?

It depends. If your purpose in getting a desktop or laptop was to read and respond to emails and to do word processing, then you'll probably be fine with the DDR SDRAM that came with your CPU. However, if you have several windows open at once, you may notice your computer slowing down and decide to upgrade the amount of SDRAM you have.

How do you know when it's time to upgrade SDRAM?

It depends on how much SDRAM you currently have and how you use your desktop or laptop. You may not need to upgrade the SDRAM for the entire life of the CPU. However, if you begin to see nothing happening when a window should be opening, you may need an upgrade.