One of the easiest ways to improve your computer’s performance is to increase the RAM amount installed. You can use the RAM of a standard office computer if you open a dozen tabs on Google Chrome, and there are other apps, for example, that run in the background. Due to the low cost, anyone can buy an additional memory module. By choosing a new computer component correctly, you need to install it in a system block, which can be a problem. If you don’t know how to install RAM correctly, we’ll talk about it in this article.
Why Are There Different Colors Of Memory Slots on the Motherboard?
Installing RAM is a matter of a couple of minutes, but before you start, you need to pick up ports on the motherboard, in which the new component can be inserted. Here, many computer users have a question, why slots for RAM of different colors, and whether there is a difference in installing it? The answer to this question is straightforward – the developers of motherboards provided in their model the possibility of operating RAM in several channels.
Example: You bought two 8GB of RAM straps and planned to install them on your computer. Both of them work at the same frequency and, preferably, are produced by one firm. In such a situation, for a computer to define memory modules as a single 16GB unit, they need to be installed in single-color slots. If a computer has a memory of different frequencies or volumes, there is no difference in which slots it will be placed in.
If we describe the situation from a technical point of view, it should be said that the technology used in the motherboards to accelerate the parallel operation of the same memory bar is called Dual DDR. In most home computers, the motherboard can maintain only a two-channel memory mode, while there are more professional solutions on the market designed for 3 or 4 channels.
The connectors of the same channel on the motherboard are marked in a single color.
How To Properly Install RAM
As we noted at the beginning, the process of installing memory is quite simple, and even an inexperienced computer user can handle it. Before installing the new module directly, you need to access the appropriate slots on the motherboard. To do this, remove the lid of the system block and find the desired connectors.
Detailed instructions on how to install RAM on your computer:
- When you have access to the RAM connectors on your motherboard, decide on their number and support for multichannel work. If you intend to insert one memory module, it doesn’t matter where it will be installed, but rather how to install the two modules we described above.
- Next, on the RAM connector on the side, bend the jumpers to prepare the slots to install the new component. Then take the memory module out of the box and try not to touch the electronic elements.
- Make sure your RAM fits the connector on your motherboard. It is enough to compare the cutout location on the contact part of the module and the special ledge key in the connector. If the memory fits, you can start installing it directly.
- Visually combine the cutout on RAM and jumper in the slot and insert a new module into the connector. You should not press anything by force – the bar should enter calmly, and only at the final stage will it need to press a little harder to fix it in the connector.
- Once the board is set, snap two side-fixing “keys” that will keep the module from falling out.
- Slightly shake the installed module – if it does not move, it means that its installation is carried out correctly, and the computer will be able to determine a new bar with RAM.
It should be noted that after the installation of a new module with RAM, the computer will independently identify it and begin to work with it. The user is not required to install additional drivers unless we talk about particular memory models, which are rarely used in home computers.