How To Find Out RAM Speed On Windows & Mac

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If you are wondering how to find out RAM speed, you are in the right place. You can check your RAM speed in seconds with our guide.

As you might know, one of the important factors that affect your PC’s performance is the RAM speed. The faster your RAM, the more data can be fed to and from your CPU, storage, and GPU every second. Whether it is DDR4 or DDR5, it is worth knowing the speed of your RAM.

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But, where can you get information about your RAM speed? Well, we’re here to tell you. Keep reading!

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How to Check RAM Speed in Windows 7, 8, 10 and 11

If you’re using Windows 7, 8, 10, or 11, then there are some methods that can help you to find out your RAM speed. We will list, what we think are the two of the easiest methods. In just three simple steps, you will get to know your RAM speed. Here you go: 

Method 1: Using the Task Manager

  1. Open Task Manager.
  2. Select the Performance tab.
  3. Click on Memory. You can see the speed of your RAM on the right side. It should be something like xxxx MHz.
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Method 2: Using Command Prompt (CMD)

  1. Run Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter: wmic memorychip get devicelocator, speed
  3. You can see the speed of your RAM under the Speed column.
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How to Check RAM Speed on Mac

How To Find Out RAM Speed
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About your Mac

If you’re using a Mac, you can find the speed of your Mac on the About page. It’s a simple way to do it. Here are the steps:

  1. Click on the Apple Logo.
  2. Select About this Mac.
  3. In the Memory row, you can find your RAM size, speed (in MHz) and RAM type.
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As mentioned above, the speed and capacity of your RAM affect the overall performance of your PC. So, if you want to improve the speed of your PC, it is a good idea to upgrade your old RAM.

Did you know that DDR5 RAM is 2X faster than DDR4? This means that a DDR5 RAM will be able to process 2x more data at the same time. That's super fast!

Read More:Does DDR5 Need A New Motherboard?

What Is RAM?

We’ve already touched on this, but RAM (Random Access Memory) is the working memory of your computer. It’s what your computer uses to support the files, apps and other processes that are in use at any given time. RAM is significantly faster to access than a hard drive or SSD. So when a program is in use, it gets moved from your system storage to the RAM instead.

As a general principle, the more RAM you have, the more you can do at any given time. If you have less RAM, then you may start to notice issues with the system slowing down as it struggles to juggle all the tasks you are asking it to do. On the other hand, if you have more RAM than you need, it won’t necessarily speed anything up. Unused RAM tends to just sit there, waiting until it is needed.

The amount of RAM you need also varies depending on the type of tasks you are planning on doing. Simple tasks such as web-browsing or running a word document will use far less RAM than tasks such as gaming, 3D modelling, or editing 4K videos, for example.