Stands for "Random Access
Memory," and is pronounced like the male sheep. RAM is made up of
small memory chips that form a
module. These modules are installed in the RAM slots on the
motherboard of your computer.
Every time you open a
it gets loaded from the
into the RAM. This is because reading data from the RAM is much
faster than reading data from the hard drive. Running programs from
the RAM of the computer allows them to function without any lag
time. The more RAM your computer has, the more data can be loaded
from the hard drive into the RAM, which can effectively speed up
your computer. In fact, adding RAM can be more beneficial to your
computer's performance than upgrading the
To check how much RAM a Windows computer has, open the "System"
Control Panel. This can be done by right-clicking "My Computer" and
selecting "Properties..." To view how much RAM is installed in a
Macintosh computer, select "About This Mac" from the Apple Menu.