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Getting to Know Technology: RAM

by | Jun 20, 2018 | MyTek Blog, Technology

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While many people may tell you different definitions, RAM can only mean one thing when it comes to computers. RAM, or Random Access Memory, is a huge component of your computer’s system. Today, we’re going to discuss what role it plays in ensuring your team is efficient and productive and what else it does within your computer.

What is RAM?

Random Access Memory, if we think about it simply, is a part of the device that lets it retrieve and store data. To allow for faster loading time compared to different data storage types like a hard drive or tape, data is accessed randomly, rather than in sequence. This part of your computer needs energy to constantly be flowing within it so it can function and so the more you have, the more powerful your PC will need to be in comparison. If the device is powered off, any data stored in the RAM is lost.

What Does it Do?

By storing data within it, the RAM allows your computer to work faster. Your operating system is usually the first thing that boots up, which is then stored in your RAM. Any programs that open after this, go through the same process and are stored there as well. Your computer might start turning slow and sluggish if you run too many programs without enough RAM to combat them, or the programs may simply crash. These programs are not able to run without enough resources there to keep them running.

Do I Need More RAM?

If several programs are open and your computer is suffering or experiencing a consistent slowdown, you might just need more for your PC. But, you should definitely make sure this is the cause before you go in and add more, because there may be another underlying cause that is making your computer slow. If you need help, you can reach out to tech professionals who can help you before you invest in new computing RAM.

If you’re wondering “Do I Need More RAM?” Give MyTek a call today so your team can get back on track and your computers won’t have to be so slow anymore. Call today at 623-312-2440 to learn more.

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Tim Tiller, LMSW

 
Tim Tiller, MSW brings a deep service background to his role at Mytek, having graduated from McDonald’s management training program, fresh out of high school, and working his way up through the ranks in the hospitality industry. He has led two prior companies – Multi-Systems Inc., an IT-focused organization providing technology to hospitality companies (where he was named President at age 36), and most recently, as Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Voice Ministries International.

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