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How to Choose 4GB RAM

Nanya Technology Corporation creates DDR3 memory upgrades for computers. These memory modules are compatible with laptops and desktop computers, depending on what you require the additional RAM for. Though the capacity per module is 4 GB, you can select the amount that you need, as well as consider additional factors to ensure you choose the correct type of RAM for your memory needs.

How Many Modules Do You Need?

You'll notice that you can purchase memory by the module, and the purpose is the same no matter how many you select. They are meant to provide data as you use your computer; however, the number you select is based on what is specific to your motherboard. Generally, all types of RAM should be purchased in pairs until you reach the total capacity you desire.

  • You can choose two 4 GB modules if you're installing 8 GB of total memory.
  • On the other hand, you'll want to select four for the total memory to equal 16 GB.

Does Total Capacity Matter?

Total capacity refers to how much you wish to expand your computer's memory. There are numerous options when you're purchasing 4 GB RAM, and the higher the number you add, the more memory you'll have. Before purchasing it, you'll need to verify the capacity of memory that your specific computer can support. 

  • It's possible to choose from lower-capacity amounts, like 2 GB, 4 GB, or 8 GB.
  • Some users opt for 16 GB of added memory that may be just the right amount.
  • For higher-capacity machines, 32 GB is another option to consider when you're purchasing Nanya laptop or desktop memory.

What Form Factors Are Available?

There are a few different form factors to consider, and this is where purchasing DDR3 RAM can get a bit confusing. Are there advantages to either or are there certain situations that require a specific form factor? Yes, because size and connection can determine which type of RAM you need. SO-DIMM (or SODIMM) and DIMM refer to size, and memory is also distinguished by the number of pins it has. These pins and notches are contacts used for the distinct types of slots and types of RAM, such as DDR, DDR2, and DDR3. The pins match up with the specific type of SDRAM or DRAM, so that it fits into your computer properly and installs as it should. 

  • DIMM is larger in size and is typically used for larger machines, such as desktop computers.
  • SODIMM is smaller and is usually about half the size of its larger counterpart. SODIMM is often used in smaller machines and is usually installed into laptop or notebook computers.

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