What is Ram?
RAM is an abbreviation for “Random Access Memory” and is an essential component in your computer. RAM temporarily stores computer information and provides fast access to the data; the stored data will usually be the things you access the most. The data stored in the RAM is erased when you power down your computer but will still be available in the HDD or SSD storage system.
How to check how much Ram you have?
You can find how much RAM you have by looking at “Installed RAM” in the “Device specifications” section. To access “Device specification” and check how much RAM you have:
- Open your System by pressing Windows + I.
- In System, find and go into About.
- On the About page, you will see “Device specifications,” and underneath it will be “Installed RAM.”
How much RAM do I need?
Now that you know how much RAM your laptop or PC has, it is time to figure out how much RAM you need. Most of you who have purchased a laptop or PC have probably asked yourself questions like “is 8GB of ram enough for my computer?” or “how much RAM do I need for gaming?”
Your computer will function with as little as 2GB of RAM, but more RAM may be required to do more advanced tasks like gaming or video editing. To determine how much RAM you need, you will need to review your computer habits. If you use your computer primarily for answering emails, web browsing, or working in Microsoft Office, you will not need more than 8GB, but if you are running 3D modeling, high intense gaming, or software programming, then you may want to consider upgrading to 16GB or more.
Below is a little cheat sheet you can use to determine how much RAM you may need:
2 GB or less (Not recommended) - With this amount of RAM, you can only do one simple task at a time, like basic web browsing.
4GB (Basic Use) - 4GB of RAM is good enough to use your computer for web browsing, simple text and spreadsheet processing, and basic tasks like email. However, 4GB is not suitable for gaming, opening many tabs, or running multiple programs.
8GB (Standard use) - Nowadays, 8GB of RAM has become the industry standard, most new computers or laptops will have this amount. 8 GB of RAM allows users to perform several tasks with minimal delays and is good enough to play games on.
16GB (Advanced use) - 16GB of RAM is the sweet spot for computer performance. At 16GB of RAM, users can do software design, video editing, and play high-end gaming; it also allows users to perform several tasks without delays. At 16GB of RAM, you won’t need to worry about the memory constraints of most, if not all, software or applications.
32GB and above (Enthusiast use) - 32GB of RAM is generally reserved for PC enthusiasts or users who run memory-intensive projects like regularly editing 4k videos or 3D rendering physics models. For most people, 32GB or more of memory is excessive.
Does my computer support a RAM upgrade?
Not all Acer computers allow for memory upgrades. Some products include memory that is soldered to the mainboard and is not user replaceable. You should consult your user manual for specific information on upgrading your computer, or contact Acer Support for additional information.