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Get Things Done with a PC3 10600 DDR3 8GB Computer RAM

Memory is one of the most important components of a computer, as it is used for virtually every task performed by the CPU. For many systems, the bottleneck that prevents a system from running faster is the memory that is installed, either because it is unable to process information fast enough, or because there simply is not enough to handle the quantity of data being processed. In order to prevent these and other issues that result from slowed PCs, consider upgrading your memory with 8GB or more of the PC3-10600.

What are RAM modules used for?

RAM stands for Random Access Memory and is used by your computer to store data in the short term while it is being used by the CPU. While in theory, it would be possible for the computer to forgo RAM in favor of retrieving all of the data from the hard drive, in practice, this would be slow. This is because of differences in how the hard drive and memory store data. The amount of time that the computer would take to retrieve information from the hard drive would be much longer than it would take to retrieve it from memory. The Random Access part of the RAM module makes it possible to access any section of the storage nearly instantly. Another major difference between memory and the hard drive is how much the computer contains. A typical computer could have anywhere from 500GB to 1TB of hard drive space, but will likely have no more than 16GB of memory.

What is ECC?

ECC stands for Error Checking and Correcting, which is a feature that is included with some memory that works to prevent any potential errors from causing the computer to crash. When there is an error in Non-ECC memory, the computer will almost always crash as a result. If the Non-ECC memory has what is known as parity chips, then there is a chance that the parity chips will be able to identify the error, but they will not stop the crash. Having your memory module equipped with ECC can be very beneficial since crashes can cause your computer's files to become corrupted.

What types of memory are there?

There are three main types of memory, each with individual capabilities. One of the most significant differences between each type is the speed, measured in megahertz, or MHz.

  • SDRAM - This memory was long the standard for virtually all computers because of the advances it made over older EDO DRAM in terms of MHz speed and reliability. However, as other versions of memory were developed, they gradually supplanted SDRAM in consumer markets.
  • DDR - There are multiple variations on DDR memory, such as DDR2, DDR3, and eventually, DDR4. The difference between each of these is that it doubles the number of data transfers per cycle when compared to the previous generation. For example, DDR2 memory has four data transfers per cycle, whereas DDR3 is able to perform eight per cycle.
  • RDRAM - RDRAM stands for Rambus DRAM, and uses a different type of technology than other types of memory. As such, it is generally a more specialized form than DDR memory.
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