Fill up those RAM slots
It doesn’t matter if you are building a new computer or upgrading your existing one, knowing how to install RAM will be a must. This skill is essential if you don’t want to have to replace your laptop or computer every few years. This will save you money, prolong your computer’s usefulness, and spare you the hassle of dealing with slow performance and hair pulling.
It is very easy to install RAM. Installing PC components is easy. Even if this is your first time, you should be able pick it up quickly. We will guide you through every step and explain everything in detail to make sure you don’t make any mistakes. To ensure you get the best out of your best RAM, we will also give additional information.
You can follow this guide to install RAM. It covers everything from filling the slots to inserting it in.
What exactly is RAM?
- Refer to the manual for your motherboard
It’s easy to insert RAM sticks into your motherboard. However, it’s important that you don’t place it in the wrong spot. So that you get maximum performance from your RAM, you need to ensure you are putting it in the right slots.
You will also need to consider how many RAM sticks your motherboard has. If your motherboard has two RAM slots, you can put your first RAM stick in Slot 1 and the second into Slot 2. You don’t need to fill Slot 2 if you only have one stick.
If your motherboard has four RAM slots, you will likely want to place your first RAM stick in the slot marked 1. Slot 2 should be used for the second stick. It is not next to Slot 1. A third stick would go in Slot 3. It will be located between Slot 1 & Slot 2. A fourth stick would be placed in Slot 4.
However, this is not a simple rule. Always consult your motherboard manual. This is because some motherboards might suggest installing RAM in a different order. For example, Slot 2 > Slot 4 = Slot 1 > Slot 3. Your motherboard will determine the order of your RAM.
- Open your RAM slots
Once you have a clear idea of where your RAM should go, it’s time to get started installing. There will be two small clips on either side of each RAM slot. To open these, press down. These don’t have to move far so don’t force them.
Don’t worry, though. You can still use your computer even if the order is different. If you don’t pay attention to your motherboard’s instructions, you may lose multi-channel capabilities or not get the best performance.
- Your RAM should be aligned
RAM sticks are keyed. This means that there is a gap between the connector and the RAM stick. It will only allow you to insert them in one direction. Place your RAM in a line so that the gap between the connector and the RAM slot is equal.
- Insert the RAM
Place your RAM in a slot and gently press down. Once the RAM stick has been fully depressed the locking tabs on each side should click into place. Once they click, you are good to go.
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