Help Me Choose: Memory

Random access memory (RAM) — commonly known as memory — is the temporary storehouse for the data flowing to and from your PC's processor. The more memory you have, the faster your games and other programs will run.

Alienware systems have the raw power to run next-generation multithreaded, graphics-intensive games or multimedia viewing and creation applications. Regardless of your processing needs you need the right amount of memory to help support your computing activities. Systems with more memory can:
  • Deliver better performance and be more responsive
  • Handle more open files and applications at once
  • Open larger files or load more game data (maps, textures, etc.)

Typically, 4GB of memory is a good minimum starting point for a gaming PC’s memory loadout. 4GB can enable systems to play most games at acceptable frame rates provided you have a sufficiently powerful graphics card. Stepping up to 16GB of memory will enable performance at higher settings for more intensive games and programs.

What does the speed in “MHz” mean?

The speed of the memory you purchase or add to your Alienware is measured in megahertz. Most Alienwares have start with 2133MHz memory speed capability, which is very efficient in handling modern gaming applications. Maximum memory speed is limited by the Memory Speed supported by the processor.

What is HyperX® XMP?

HyperX® FURY DDR4 XMP memory features Intel XMP-ready profiles optimized for Alienware Aurora systems for guaranteed compatibility and increased performance with XMP overclocking. Users can easily overclock their platforms for speeds up to 2400MHz by selecting a profile, with no need for manual timing adjustments in BIOS. It’s available in CL14–CL15 latencies and in single modules of 4GB and 8GB. Its low power consumption, stylish low-profile heat spreader and lifetime warranty make it an ideal choice for advanced gamers and power users.

What benefits does DDR4 provide?

  • Gain premium components for faster speeds, higher performance, and enhanced reliability
  • Provides a great option for gamers to increase their performance from the factory default when equipped with a 6th Generation Intel® Core™ unlocked processor