Understanding Computer Memory

Article by Michael Freeman

Computer memory might be one of the more commonly purchased items among end users, but that doesn’t mean that its’ exact role is clear to most individuals. Quite often, users confuse memory with hard drive space, processing power and other aspects by which a machine is rated in casual conversation. Memory is a specific component and it is not interchangeable with any other part of a computer’s hardware compliment. Understanding exactly what computer memory does can make it much easier to navigate one’s choices when one is faced with the task of purchasing more for their computer.

Scratchpad, closet space, short-term memory: these terms are all used to describe the function of computer memory in some examples. In reality, memory’s function somewhat mimics all of these things. Computer memory is limited in size and can only store so many items, much like closet space. Computer memory is also erased and rewritten quickly, as is one’s short term memory. However, it is most like a scratchpad in its primary function. Computer memory allows machines to start a task while other tasks are already underway and to keep each task distinct from one another, which makes it possible to balance their demands on the system.

When one minimizes a window and then opens it again, the speed of that operation largely depends upon their computer memory. When one enters a great deal of information in a spreadsheet program and scrolls up and down the page, their computer memory makes that operation possible at the speeds that are seen today. Computer memory, to some degree, also affects the speed with which programs open and close. It most certainly affects how many programs can be opened up at one time. Every program will consume a fraction of the computer’s total memory.

Computer memory is much different from storage, such as a hard disc, as the data on that device is simply written and remains static on the disc until it is changed or erased. With computer memory, oftentimes called RAM, the data is erased each time the computer is powered down or put into a hibernate state. This is part of the reason that rebooting can sometimes fix a stuck computer. Computer memory is very easy to upgrade and replace, consisting of nothing more than a small circuit board that is snapped into the appropriate socket found on the motherboard.

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House of Memory specializes in Apple memory products as well as computer memory products for PCs, including Acer, HP, Dell, Sony, Toshiba and more. We have all of your computer and laptop memory products, as well flash memory cards and hard drives. Visit HouseofMemory.com for more information on computer memory.

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House of Memory specializes in Apple memory products as well as computer memory products for PCs, including Acer, HP, Dell, Sony, Toshiba and more. We have all of your computer and laptop memory products, as well flash memory cards and hard drives. Visit HouseofMemory.com for more information on computer memory.












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