Performance Center

As we mentioned when you arrived at our Performance Center, "Everyone wants their computer to be faster", and memory is an important factor in the speed and performance equation. More has been written about memory issues in the last two or three years than has been written in all of the prior ten years combined. Unfortunately, it's difficult to sort out the fact from the fiction. If you take your time and visit the memory manufacturers Web sites you will find a good deal of information buried there, presuming that you're able to distinguish the difference between marketing magic and and facts. Then there are the retailers, the great majority of which only want to sell memory and are willing to echo just about anyone's comments about performance as long as it sells product.

If you have arrived at this page from our site map or through a Internet search engine, you may want to click here and view the memory section of our Performance Center in frames so that you can use the menu to locate what you need.

In dealing with memory issues, let's agree on some real facts:

  1. Memory "must" be correctly matched to your motherboard and processor (CPU). Purchasing memory based upon its own individual characteristics or performance specifications alone, without considering the specifications of the motherboard and processor, usually does not improve performance.

  2. Merely changing or adding memory will not always result in a performance improvement, and in some cases may even cause your computer to perform poorly. Think of it this way, would you try and put a motorcycle spark plug in your automobile? It might work, but then again it might not!

  3. Not all memory is alike! True, you can purchase EDO, FPM and SDRAM memory almost anywhere, but the terms "EDO, "FPM" and "SDRAM" are descriptive phrases and really don't tell you anything about the performance specifications or quality of the memory modules themselves. Always determine first what your motherboard requires. This will result in your always A. getting exactly what you need; B. getting optimum performance from your existing components; and C. result in your not purchasing more than you need, either in performance ability or quality.

  4. The facts presented are not always the true facts! Read the fine print. Ask questions and don't be afraid to ask why!

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