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Memory used to store data in most PCs. Stores each bit in a “cell” composed of a transistor and a capacitor

Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM)


DRAM that is tied to the system clock so the MCC knows when data is ready to be grabbed from it

Synchronous DRAM (SDRAM)


32- or 64-bit type of DRAM packaging with the distinction that each tab inserted into the system

Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM)


184-, 240-, and 288-pin

Common Sizes of DIMM


Type of DRAM that makes two processes for every clock cycle

Double Data Rate SDRAM (DDR SDRAM)


RAM that stored an extra bit of data (parity bit) that the MCC used to verify whether the data was correct but couldn’t correct the error if one is found

Parity RAM


ECC detects and corrects any time a single bit is flipped, on the fly, but is slower than non-ECC RAM

Error Correction Code RAM


Programs take forever to load and running programs seems to stall and move slower than you’d like

Symptoms That You Need More RAM


Portion of the hard drive set aside by an OS to act like RAM when the system needs more RAM than is inserted

Virtual Memory


File containing data from virtual memory

Page/Swap File


The process of Windows rushing to move files between RAM and the page file

Disk Thrashing


A Windows feature that enables you to use flash media drives as super fast, dedicated memory



Technology in a motherboard that detects and automatically sets up any DIMM installed, assuming the right RAM for the system

Serial Presence Detect (SPD)


An interruption the CPU cannot ignore that manifests as a crash screen like BSoD

Non-Maskable Interrupt (NMI)