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Upgrade Your Computer RAM Memory for Improved Performance

A sluggish computer can't keep up and slows down your day. On most devices, you can install additional RAM when your system has extra memory slots. Of course, you'll need to make sure the computer's motherboard, DIMM (dual inline memory module), and operating system and processor support the upgrade.

What Are Some Benefits of Upgrading to DDR2-SDRAM?

  • Faster: The prior technology of DDR-SDRAM has a faster transfer rate than SDRAM. By installing the upgraded DDR2-SDRAM component, you'll double the bus signal speed, thereby contributing to better performance.
  • Smaller: Each redesigned component takes up less space inside the computer so it's easier to view and maneuver around other parts.
  • Uses Less Power: The DDR2 uses 1.8 fewer volts than its DDR predecessor. When the subsequent DDR3 version was released in 2007, the voltage usage had decreased even further by 1.5 volts. 
  • Signal Integrity: Due to additive latency technology, read and write commands are not delayed which improves memory integrity.

How Do You Find Out If Your RAM Can Be Upgraded?

First, review the memory section of your model's specifications. You'll need to verify how much memory was installed at the factory and what type. The memory specifications should list the maximum amount of memory supported by the operating system. From that total, subtract your current memory to determine what additional amount and type of HP RAM you can add. Your model's specifications will determine the MHZ speed, the maximum number of GB and DIMMs, and the type of memory the motherboard supports. Likewise, you should keep in mind that upgrades are not backward compatible with older versions like DDR. That's because they differ in connectors, voltages, and signals.

How Do You Install Additional RAM?

Once you've determined you can upgrade your computer to DDR2-SDRAM, it is recommended you work on a flat surface. After you've turned off the computer and unplugged cables, remove the protective case. Find existing memory modules attached to the motherboard. If you're adding memory rather than replacing a module, you should see empty slots. Next, you'll install the HP memory module by pushing it straight down on both ends. Clips lock into place when the module is installed correctly. Once you restart the computer, the operating system will verify the new component and make any configuration adjustments.

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