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Desktop/Notebook Memory

Reliable memory for your desktop and notebook

Kingston® offers extremely reliable, high-performance desktop memory and sells more notebook upgrade memory than anyone in the world.

Find the right memory

HyperX Memory

Trust the brand used by more gamers and professionals. HyperX memory exceeds JEDEC standards and is engineered and tested to deliver extreme performance.

HyperX memory easily endures the most rigorous demands of gamers and creative professionals, with a wide range of modules designed to suit any need.

Unmatched performance means you’ll come out on top, whether you’re in a LAN death match or presenting a proposal to a client.

Why Choose Kingston?

With more than a quarter of a century of desktop/notebook memory expertise, Kingston has the knowledge and resources to support your needs.

Testing

Testing

Kingston is one of the few manufacturers that qualifies all components and tests modules at all stages of production. More

Lifetime Warranty

Lifetime Warranty

All Kingston memory is backed by a lifetime warranty.
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Free Technical Support

Kingston experts are standing by to share their knowledge and help you in the unlikely event that you have any problems with Kingston memory.

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Improve performance

If your system is lagging or a program doesn’t respond or won’t load, you may have a memory shortage. You may see subtle signs, like poor performance in everyday tasks, or you may be receiving “out of memory” messages.

Add reliable Kingston memory and watch your productivity soar. Pages may load faster and launching new applications may be easier and faster, leaving you more time for that important project.

Build your own PC

Thinking of building your own rig? It’s a great way to get exactly what you want in a system.

Before you start, consider your motherboard’s technology. Is it DDR3 or DDR4? How many slots are available for memory? Does it have to be installed in pairs, triplets or quads? At what speed do you want your memory to perform?

By answering these questions, you’ll have a better idea of what you need and what Kingston memory will work best in your system.

Replace your memory

In case your memory fails, rest assured that Kingston can deliver what you need to get back up and running.

If you’re using a brand-name system or you know the name of your whitebox system’s motherboard, use our configurator to find the right module.

If you know the specs of the memory in your whitebox system, our product selection tool is for you. Finding the memory you need is easy with Kingston.

Resources

It’s easy to install memory modules in your desktop system when you follow these simple steps.

Operating system memory guide

Make informed decisions about memory based on your specific needs with this handy guide.

Upgrade your notebook memory – and your performance – in just a few steps.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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It may be due to chip density, especially if you have an older DDR3 based system. Your system may require 2Gbit (Gigabit) density DRAM chips and the memory you installed is using 4Gbit density chips which is not compatible. Not to be confused with the term Gigabyte (capacity of the memory). 2Gbit chips are no longer being produced by the DRAM chip manufacturers therefore we're unable to manufacturer compatible modules.

FAQ: KTM-073115-DTN-01
-Windows 10: Click on the start button and select System. Installed memory (RAM) is displayed under the System section.
-Windows 8: Select File Explorer. Right-click Computer and select Properties to display System. Installed memory (RAM) is displayed under the System section.
-Windows 7 Click on the Start button and right-click Computer. Select Properties to display System. Installed memory (RAM) is displayed under the System section.
-MacOS X: Select "About This Mac" or "About This Computer" from the Apple menu in the upper left corner of your Desktop.
-Linux: Open a terminal window and enter the following command: cat /proc/meminfo
FAQ: KTM-012711-GEN-06
First, make sure you have the correct memory for your Notebook. Please refer to Kingston’s on-line Memory Search at www.kingston.com for assistance. After you confirm that you have the correct memory for your system, do the following:

1. Prior to memory installation, first shut down the Notebook, then remove the battery pack and unplug the power cord. Reseat the memory firmly into the socket to ensure proper installation. Replace the battery pack and power cord and boot the system. If the installation is still unsuccessful, try inserting the memory into a different slot, if available.
2. If you have properly installed the recommended memory and the computer still does not boot or recognize it, make sure your Operating System supports the amount of RAM installed and confirm you have the latest BIOS for your system. 

Note: Kingston is in no way responsible for any problems resulting from flashing the BIOS. Flashing the BIOS is merely a troubleshooting suggestion. Customers who flash the BIOS do so at their own risk. All instructions on how to upgrade the BIOS will be provided by the computer manufacturer or the 3rd party BIOS manufacturer and not by Kingston.
FAQ: KTM-012711-GEN-12
First, make sure you have the correct memory for your computer. Please refer to Kingston’s on-line Memory Search at www.kingston.com for assistance. After you confirm that you have the correct memory for your system, do the following:

1. If configuring your system for Dual, Triple or Quad channel configuration, be sure to check your computer or motherboard user manual to confirm proper bank configuration.
2. Shut down and unplug your computer.
3. Reinsert the memory module(s) into the proper slot(s) or bank configuration, making sure to use the top edges of the memory module to press the memory firmly into the socket(s) until the lock tab(s) engage the memory and lock it into place.
4. Make sure all the cables in your computer are connected properly. You may have failed to connect a power cable to the motherboard or accidentally disconnected a data cable from your hard drive.
5. If you have properly installed the recommended memory and the PC still does not boot or recognize the memory, make sure your Operating System supports the amount of RAM installed and confirm you have the latest BIOS for your system.

Note: Kingston is in no way responsible for any problems resulting from flashing the BIOS. Flashing the BIOS is merely a troubleshooting suggestion. Customers who flash the BIOS do so at their own risk. All instructions on how to upgrade the BIOS will be provided by the computer manufacturer or the 3rd party BIOS manufacturer and not by Kingston.

 
FAQ: KTM-012711-GEN-13

Additional memory will not necessarily increase the performance of your computer. It will allow you to run more programs or processes at once or more memory intensive programs. There may be a performance increase if the original amount of memory installed was close to insufficient for the programs and processes you use the computer for.

FAQ: KTM-012711-GEN-07
Parts sold in kits (denoted by "K2," "K3" or “K4” in the part number e.g., HX424C15FW2K4/32) are packaged for use in Dual, Triple or Quad Channel configuration. The computers that support these configurations will typically access multiple memory modules as a single location of RAM with a wider bandwidth, if the memory modules installed within the same bank are identical. Therefore, Kingston ensures that only modules with matching components are packaged into Dual, Triple and Quad Channel kits.

FAQ: KTM-020911-GEN-19
In most cases where a memory may have a faster frequency than that of which is already existing in the system, the computer may clock the faster memory down to match the frequency of the pre-existing RAM, given the memory in question is the same technology (DDR3, DDR4, Registered, Unbuffered, etc). However, the function of clocking down is dependent on the computer and therefore, is not guaranteed to work in every scenario.

FAQ: KTM-021011-GEN-16

In many cases, the BIOS or a diagnostic program will report the memory bus frequency, which is half of the frequency for DDR type memory. As its name implies, DDR (Double Data Rate) data rate is twice the memory bus frequency. So if the memory bus speed is 800MHz and you are using DDR3-1600 memory, the RAM is running at the correct speed.

FAQ: KTM-071015-GEN-20

ElectroStatic Discharge, ESD is simply the discharge of built up static electricity.ESD should not be taken lightly as this is one of the few things an individual can do to damage or destroy their computer or hardware components.It is like when you rub your feet on the carpet and you touch something metal.ESD can occur without the user feeling a shock and will occur when only working on the inside of the computer or handling hardware.

How to help prevent ESD
The best method of preventing ESD is to use an ESD wrist strap or a grounding mat or table.However, because most users do not have access to these items, we have included the below steps to help reduce the chance of ESD as much as possible.

  • Standing – We recommend that you are standing at all times when working on the computer. Setting on a chair can generate more electrostatic.
  • Cords - Make sure everything is removed from the back of the computer (power cord, mouse, keyboard, etc).
  • Clothes - Make sure not to wear any clothing that conducts a lot of Electrical Charge, such as a wool sweater.
  • Accessories - To help reduce ESD and help prevent other problem, it is also a good idea to remove all jewelry.
  • Weather - Electrical storms can increase the ESD risk; unless absolutely necessary, try not to work on a computer during an electrical storm.In very dry areas, the air itself becomes a part of the electrostatic build-up mechanism every time there is an air flow (wind, air conditioning, blower) passing over an insulated surface.Do not let high humidity levels build a false confidence, and beware of corrosion problems with interconnects and other electrical interfaces.

To learn more about ESD and how to protect your electronics, please refer to the below site.

ESD Association
http://www.esda.org/aboutESD.html

FAQ: KTC-Gen-ESD
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