Very important topic for 2022 when it comes to a configuration, RAM memory cards are chosen according to several compatibility criteria.
In this article I will only talk about desktop pc memories (gaming or office), I will exclude RAM memories for laptops and those for servers. But if you need any tips on laptop memory boards, use the comments section below and I’ll try to help.
How many ram memories do I need?
I divide this segment by the amount of ram required according to the main categories of system usage.
For video / photo editing: by 2022, 32GB RAM should be sufficient even for editing at 4k resolutions. If you use Adobe After Effects and the projects have a lot of effects, in this case, 64gb Ram would be recommended.
For gaming / multitasking : now, in 2022, the standard is 16Gb, if the budget does not allow, you can opt for an 8gb RAM memory card and a further upgrade of another 8GB RAM
For Office / multimedia: 8GB of RAM are enough, it would be advisable to switch directly to 16GB of RAM.
At a Glance:
RAM compatibility, issues you need to know about
Not all RAMs are compatible with any PC system. Here are the main features to pay attention to before buying RAM compatible with other components:
- RAM generation (DDR2, DDR3, DDR4 etc)
- Motherboard slots
- Processor cooler cover (if the processor is aftermarket)
- Plate format
RAM card generation
It is the first important criterion when choosing memories, we have older generations of DDR2 memories that are not compatible with DDR3 or DDR4, nor vice versa there are no compatibilities.
RAM motherboard slots
Keep in mind how many slots the motherboard has for connecting RAM cards, it is recommended that you have 2 free slots left for possible system upgrades in the future.
Processor cooler distance
Some memory cards have high radiators, so if you have an aftermarket processor cooler, make sure that the distance from the cooler that passes over the RAM slots is large enough to fit the ram memories with the radiator. If you don’t want to worry, choose to buy low profile rams.
There are two formats produced by ram plates:
- RAM DIMMs (Used for desktops and servers)
- SO-DIMM RAM (Used on laptops / tablets etc)
They are not compatible with each other, the SO-DIMM RAM for laptops and tablets is NOT compatible with the standard DIMM RAM used in desktop systems.
Two features are important for the performance side of RAM:
RAM Frequency: This is somewhat similar to the CPU frequency. The higher the frequency, the more data will be processed. For gaming it is enough to have the frequency of 2133Mhz, for video-editing a small boost will be for the boards with higher frequencies.
High frequencies also help a lot in those who overclock, but this topic should be addressed in a separate article.
Latency: is similar to the response time to peripherals, except that in this case it is the access times of a process in the software, the lower the latency, the faster the ram memories are able to execute the next processes. My recommendation is to focus on latencies 13, 14 maximum 15 for high-end systems. They are marked with CL13, CL14, CL15 etc.
Many do not pay attention to choosing the latency of ram memories, for me this detail is much more important than the frequency of memories. Top performing systems have to pay that high price for low latency RAM. All the communication of the components in a system is used by the ram memories, the shorter the access time (latency), the faster the instructions taken by the processor will be accessed.
What RAM should I buy to upgrade in 2022?
For the most part, if you want to upgrade your system with rams in the future, each one will be paired, take the serial number of the old inserts and try to find exactly the model you have in the system so that there is no chance of incompatibilities between them.
How to buy RAM for DUAL CHANNEL, QUAD CHANNEL?
If you look at the RAM boards on every e-commerce site, you are required to specify that manufacturer’s code, it is essential especially if you want to install dual-channel, quad-channel, etc. boards.
Of course, theoretically it should work with other models, but there are also cases when conflicts arise.
It is important to check the motherboard manufacturers’ websites to see if the ram boards have those manufacturer codes listed in the motherboard bios software and compatibility with the system processors.
I still don’t know which RAM cards to choose!
Leave a comment in the comments section below if you need a guide or advice and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. My recommendation is to be very careful when choosing RAM cards.
TOP 4 Best RAM in 2022 Recommended
|RAM for PC Gaming|
|Best Ram DDR5|
|Video Editing Ram|
|Memories for Office||Check Price|
HyperX FURY DDR4 16GB RAMBest Pick
Low voltage 1.2V
Memory Speed 3933
These boards are a bit pricey due to the current semiconductor crisis, especially because they have relatively low latency memories. They are ideal for high-performance gaming systems. And most motherboard bios have listed these RAM cards, so there’s almost no chance of incompatibility. Some of the best dual channel RAM for gaming in 2022.
- Are dual channel
- High reliability
- Large warranty (99 months)
- Ram memories price a bit high
CORSAIR Vengeance DDR5 RAMStaff Pick
Frequency 5600 MHz
Voltage reduced 1.2v
Ram Speed 4800
Apparently, if you haven’t read the whole article, you might be tempted to think that they are clearly superior to previous ddr4 memories. But things are not always easy.
For gaming it can have formidable performance, but in no way such big differences.
I currently do not make any pc configuration with the new platform. Why? Simple! The price / performance ratio is lower than the previous generation.
I chose this ram ddr5 memory kit model because it had a lower latency. Even so, it is a double timing of ram ddr4 memories. Frequency is not necessarily important if the latencies are not low.
However, I am impressed by the fact that it managed to keep a relatively low voltage for some boards that promise 5600Mhz. The compatibility of this kit is good, but it also depends on the rest of the components. The processor and motherboard play the most important role in the operation of ram ddr5 memories.
Switch to the ddr5 platform?
If budget is not an issue for you, then yes, you can make that leap. I, in 2022, do not recommend taking this step yet. There are still many manufacturers that have failed to bring the motherboards to a level of safety and stability. There are extremely many reports regarding the stability of ddr5 systems. The same happened with the transition from ddr3 to ddr4, with time I hope the problems will be solved by bios updates.
- Very high frequency
- Relatively low latencies
- Does not delight
- They are not cheap at all
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GBBudget Pick
14 CL (LATENCY)
3200 MHz frequency
This quad channel kit should be enough for a pc video editing, it is recommended to have a motherboard with 8 ram memory slots, for a future upgrade to 64GB.
They have a latency of 14, and low voltages to avoid very high heat, in addition, they are low profile, so most processor cooler systems can be installed. Ideally, they would have 13 latency RAM cards, but the prices go up a lot. It also depends on your budget.
Some of the best value for money RAM for a 2022 video editing system.
- Latency of 14
- Ideal for video editing
- Large warranty
Corsair Vengeance LPX
Intel XMP 2.0 Ready
There are still 13 DDR4 ram memories with latencies of 13, without a doubt I recommend them for those systems from companies that need multitasking and want their applications / software to open as soon as possible.
They have a low profile and voltages of 1.2V, which makes them ideal for super-quiet systems, without the need for high ventilation in the housings, because the plates do not heat up too much.
Some of the best ram memories you can choose for such desktops. It also handles gaming systems very well, but for 2021, the recommended frequencies are over 3000Mhz on the gaming side.
- Low profile
- Would have gone at least 2666Mhz clocked
They were first commercially released in 1965 by IBM.
They are volatile memories based on the architecture of semiconductors.
At first there were 2 types of RAM:
SRAM – static random-access memory and DRAM – dynamic random-access memory.
What is RAM used for?
In addition to the temporary storage of space used by the operating system, RAM is also used in other circumstances.
Almost all operating systems have this feature to use the ability of rams to “borrow” ram from the system’s storage (for example: hdds or ssds, newer in 2020).
-if the system has a 4GB ram memory card, and you set 2GB page files, then the system will have 6GB RAM, and the 2GB of temporary memory is borrowed from the storage drive’s memory (HDD or SSD). But, we must say that the access speeds and frequency will be much lower than an individual RAM board.
You can also create ultra-fast storage space by borrowing RAM capacity.
But the downside is that the memory space used will be automatically deleted when the system (computer) is turned off. So this feature is a little useless, but useful for times when you need to have a high read / write speed.
It can be used by certain ROM microchips to increase access speeds. For example, the microchip for booting the bios to a computer.
Instead of executing the data written on the chip from the ROM, they are executed with the help of RAM memories, which will have substantially higher access speeds.
They are usually used in UEFI bios of newer generations, you have the option in the BIOS to load the bootloader of an operating system very quickly.