Understanding RAM and its Functions

RAM (Random Access Memory) is an electronic device that functions to store temporary computer data, and only works when the computer is on. RAM structure is divided into 4 parts, namely:

  • Input Storage, serves to accommodate the input or input entered from the input device.
  • Program Storage, the part of RAM that functions as a store for program instructions to be accessed.
  • Working Storage, is part of the memory in charge of storing data to be processed and the results of processing.
  • Output Storage, serves to accommodate the final result of the data to be displayed to the output device.

Understanding RAM and its Functions

RAM development

At this time RAM has developed very rapidly along with the development of computers, starting from the shape, model and capacity of the RAM itself. RAM is one of the most important components for a computer because the capacity of RAM greatly affects the speed of computer access, so the greater the RAM capacity, the faster the access speed of the computer. Here is the development of RAM to date:

  • SDRAM (has a number of 168 pins and there are 2 gaps in the legs which are used for old Pentium I to Pentium 4 computers. This type of RAM is very popular again because it has been replaced with a new RAM model)
  • Ranbus RAM (RAM used for Pentium IV computers that already have 2 channel facilities)
  • Sybclink DRAM(RAM that has a maximum bandwidth of 1600 MB/sec and has a speed of 200 MHz.)
  • DDR and DDR 2 RAM (RAM that has 183 pins and only one gap in the legs and has a transfer speed of 2 times faster than SDRAM.)
  • DDR 3 RAM (The latest generation of RAM after DDR 2 which has more speed compared to previous DDR types.)

Things to consider when installing RAM:

  • Make sure that the RAM and the slots on the motherboard match.
  • Be careful when installing RAM in the RAM slot, especially the type of SDRAM because if something goes wrong or reverses during installation, the RAM can be broken.
  • Don’t forget to open the RAM lock before installing RAM in the RAM slot
  • After the RAM is installed, don’t forget to lock the RAM with a RAM lock.

That’s a little article about Understanding RAM and its Functions, hopefully this article can be helpful and useful for you.

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