Help Me Choose: Memory

Memory* is the temporary storehouse for data flowing to and from your PC's processor.
Random access memory (RAM) — commonly known as memory — is the temporary storehouse for the data flowing to and from your PC's processor. All else being equal, a system with more memory can:
  • Deliver fast performance
  • Handle more open files at once
  • Open large files
  • Work with more open software programs at once
  • Respond faster when gaming
Memory speeds are measured in megahertz (MHz). One hertz equals one action per second. A megahertz equals 1,000 actions per second. That means memory rated at 1,333MHz equals 1,333,000 actions per second.

The faster the memory, the more actions can be completed in a short span of time, and the greater the system’s multitasking capabilities. A system containing 6GB of 1,600MHz memory can perform better than an identically configured system with 6GB of 1,333MHz memory.