Memory Assessor

What is RAM

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.

Memory Modules

How Much RAM Do I Have?
If you are using a Windows-based PC
  1. Locate the Computer icon in the Start menu

  2. Right-click the Computer icon and select Properties from the menu

  3. 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).

How Much Memory Do I Have

If you are using a MAC System
  1. Open the Apple menu and then click About This Mac.

  2. Select More Info

  3. Go to Hardware overview. The System Profile screen opens, showing the Hardware Overview.

  4. Go to Current memory information

  5. 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.

How Much RAM Do I Need?

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 has created a chart to help you assess your optimum memory needs.
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
Usage
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.)
Corporate Software
(CRM, Accounting, Manufacturing)
Corporate Software (CRM, Accounting, Manufacturing)
Software programming, Design Engineering, Sound Engineering
Advanced Web and Database Development, Production level editing
These recommendations are valid for the following Operating Systems:
MIN RAM MAX RAM
Windows 10
Windows 8/8.1
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.

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