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What is RAM?

RAM stands for Random Access Memory which is your computers’ volatile storage. The operating system, e.g. Windows, uses RAM to store the state of ongoing systems tasks whereas applications use it to compute user commands and render the desired output.

Volatile memory only exists as long as there is power but has the advantage of being much faster than writing to or reading from the hard disk. However, RAM is also significantly more expensive than physical storage devices.

Various Random Access Memory specifications exist including SRAM and DRAM for example. More about it and the latest RAM news and specifications can be found here in this guide.

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