Stands for “Random Access Memory.” One of the most critical components that determine a system’s performance. It offers the fastest temporary spaces for OS and applications for storing and accessing data.

RAM is volatile storage that data will lose when the power is off, unlike non-volatile storage like HDD, SSD, MMC, flash drive, and other media that retain data even when the power is disconnected. The more RAM you have, the fastest spaces you can allocate for applications and processes, resulting in more responsive system performance.

Its capacity is measured in MB or GB. 4GB is a minimum requirement for Windows 11, while 8GB is highly recommended for everyday tasks. For gaming, graphics designing, and video editing, 16GB is the minimum amount of RAM you should have.

There are two physical shapes and sizes of RAM sticks, the DIMM for desktops and the smaller SO-DIMM for laptops, AIOs, and small computers.