RAM is the main memory in a computer, smartphone or tablet. RAM is the temporary workspace where instructions are executed and data are processed, so it is useful to understand it.
Locate the Computer icon in the Start menu
Right-click the Computer icon and select Properties from the menu
You should be able to see the information about the size of the hard drive and the operating system to find the amount of RAM in megabytes (MB) or Gigabytes (GB).
Open the Apple menu and then click About This Mac.
Select More Info
Go to Hardware overview. The System Profile screen opens, showing the Hardware Overview.
Go to Current memory information
On the left hand side of the screen, in the Contents section, click Memory.
The Memory Slot information shows your current memory configuration. This information helps you determine which slots are filled with which type of memory and how many slots are still available to install new Kingston memory.
The baseline for RAM in a computer is 4GB; typically it will do the job – just don’t expect to run high-intensity programs or to have several applications open at the same time without affecting performance. A mid-range configuration may require double that and high-end gaming systems and workstations need as much as 16GB.
When figuring your memory requirements, consider three things: the optimum memory configuration of your operating system, your usage patterns and your hardware. You should also check the requirements of individual programs to make sure you’ll be able to run the required software.
|Kingston Recommends||Frequent user||Gamer||Professional user|
|Memory Requirements -|
|Desktop||4GB + (Windows & Mac)||8GB + (Windows)||8GB+ (Windows & Mac)|
|Notebook||4GB + (Windows & Mac)||8GB + (Windows)||4GB - System Max|
|Email, Web surfing||Most games these days require 4–8GB of RAM to run at high settings||Graphics design/3D modeling|
|Download and Manage Photos, Music, Movies and TV||8GB+||Full suite of office products Advanced Features|
|Full suite of office products
(Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc.)
|High-performance gaming||(Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc.)|
(CRM, Accounting, Manufacturing)
|Corporate Software (CRM, Accounting, Manufacturing)|
|Software programming, Design Engineering, Sound Engineering|
|Advanced Web and Database Development, Production level editing|
|MIN RAM||MAX RAM|
|1GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)||128GB (Win8)–512GB (Win8 Professional and Enterprise)|
|Windows 7||1GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)||192GB|
|Windows Vista®||1GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)||128GB|
|OS X 10.10 Yosemite||2GB+|
|OS X 10.9 Mavericks||2GB+|
|Linux||1GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)|
Remember to check how much RAM your motherboard can handle before you buy any module; feel free to contact Kingston for further advice.