Don’t know if your RAM (Memory) is DDR3, DDR4, or DDR5? Here is a simple way to find the RAM type in Windows 10 and 11 OS.
RAM, also known as Memory, is a crucial hardware module of any computer system. Without it, the system won’t work. If you don’t know, RAM’s primary purpose is to store volatile information and let you run multiple programs without any hiccups. One of the main reasons is that it is significantly faster than any permanent storage device like HDDs and SSD.
When you buy a Windows desktop or laptop, it comes with a set amount of pre-installed RAM. It can be anywhere from 4GB to 128GB or even higher.
A RAM size between 8GB and 32GB is sufficient for most users. Of course, depending on your workflow, you might need additional RAM. For instance, if you are into video editing or streaming games, 32GB might not be sufficient.
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Why should I know the RAM type?
When on low memory, the system will run slow and cause problems because Windows tries to compensate for low memory by storing data in the hard disk. It is known as Virtual Memory (PageFile). As I said earlier, HDDs and SSDs are way slower than the dedicated memory module.
You have to upgrade the RAM or Memory in Windows in those cases. Like most other hardware, RAM modules have also gone through several upgrade cycles and improvements. You cannot simply buy whatever RAM you find in the market and install it immediately. While buying RAM, you need to make sure it is of the right type and speed. For example, most modern RAMs are DDR3, DDR4, and DDR5 types. Each memory type again comes at various speeds. So, you must match the memory type and speed while buying a new one.
Thankfully, Windows has several different methods to determine the RAM type and speed. Once you have the required details, you can buy the matching RAM and install it on your computer.
So, let me show you how to find the RAM type in Windows 10 and 11 operating systems without further delay.
Use task manager to find RAM type and speed
The task manager can show the RAM type and speed on most systems. You have to go to the Performance tab to get the info you need. Let me show you how.
- Right-click the Start menu.
- Choose the “Task Manager” option.
- Go to the “Performance” tab.
- Choose the “Memory” option.
- You will see the memory type in the top-right corner.
- You will see the memory speed next to “Speed.”
- Close the Task Manager.
- With that, you now know the memory type and speed.
As a bonus, you can also see how many RAM slots your computer has and how many of them are in use next to “Slots used.” Most laptops have two RAM slots, with one already occupied.
Important note: You might not see the RAM type at the top on some computers. It is normal. In that case, follow the second method.
Use CPU-Z to find the RAM type
CPU-Z is a free software to get hardware details, including the RAM type and speed in the Windows operating system. The good thing is, CPU-Z is not only free but also easy to use and light on system resources. Let me show you how to use it to find the RAM type and speed in Windows operating system.
- Get the CPU-Z software and install it.
- Open CPU-Z from the Start menu.
- Go to the “Memory” tab.
- You will see the memory type next to “Type.”
- Go to the “SPD” tab.
- You will see the memory speed next to “Max Bandwidth.”
- Close the CPU-Z app.
- With that, you now know your system’s RAM type and speed.
Download CPU-Z — https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html
Note: CPU-Z shows RAM speed per slot. If your laptop or desktop has multiple memory modules, you can see the speed of each RAM module by selecting a slot from the “Memory Slot Selection” dropdown menu. This is particularly helpful to make sure all the RAM modules are of the same speed.
That is all. It is that simple to find the memory type and speed in Windows operating system.
I hope this simple and easy Windows 10 and 11 how-to guide helped you.
If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.