This month it's full speed ahead with our focus on RAM. Our team at Syntech takes pride in being THE memory experts, meeting your memory needs for any machine you may have. We're certainly rooting for RAM, it's the best value for performance upgrade on the market, so in this edition we give you all the info you need to make RAM Memory work for you.
Random Access Memory (RAM) provides space for your computer to read and write data to be accessed by the CPU (central processing unit). Here's how it works:Data is stored in memory chips on the module. Similar to a microprocessor, a memory chip is an integrated circuit (IC) made of millions of transistors and capacitors. In the most common type of computer memory, DRAM, a transistor and a capacitor are paired to create a memory cell, which represents a single bit of data. The capacitor holds the bit of information — a '0' or a '1'. The transistor acts as a switch that lets the control circuitry on the memory chip read the capacitor or change its state.
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What's the difference? Types of RAM
All desktop, laptops, and tower computers use different types of memory classed on
their speed and structure There is a variety of RAM used in computers today.
Before 2002, most computers used 'single data rate' (SDR) RAM. Most computers
made since then use either double data rate (DDR), DDR2, or DDR3 RAM
SIMM (Single In-lineMemory Modules)
SIMMs are used to store a single row of DRAM chips where the
module is soldered onto a PCB. One SIMM can contain several chips. The first
SIMMs transferred 8 bits of data at a time and contained 30 pins. When CPU's
began to read 32-bit chunks, a wider SIMM was developed and contained 72 pins.
DIMM (Dual In-line Memory Modules)
DIMMs allow the ability to have two rows of DRAM, EDO or
BEDO chips. They are able to contain twice as much memory on the same size
circuit board. DIMMs contain 168 pins and transfer data in 64 bit chunks.
Next to the CPU itself, RAM is the most important factor in computer performance. If you add more RAM to your computer, you reduce the number of times your CPU must read data from your hard disk. This usually
allows your computer to work considerably faster, as RAM is many times faster than a hard disk. If you put a high-speed memory in a slow speed processor machine, it will probably burn out and the same rule applies vice versa. The memory speed and the processor speed have to be synchronised to work properly If you use your computer for graphics or video editing, TV or DVD viewing or gaming, then you should seriously consider an
upgrade if your machine is not running optimally yet.
Macs and PCs use the same type of memory. The only main difference between Mac and PC is the operating systems that they run on. The hardware of both types of computers are similar, and there is no difference between Mac and
PC memory. However, PC users have an edge because it is much easier to replace hardware as the cases are more accessible than Mac machines. At Syntech, you've got the advantage of purchasing RAM memory certified by Apple for specific machines. This means that, no matter what your Mac, we've got the memory certified to be compatible with it
e=”color: #808080; font-family: Arial;”>We're rooting for RAM in August, so we're bringing you all the info you need
on RAM memory, different types, and upgrading yours
Check out our Reseller of the Month, CHAOS Computers
We feature 3 of our top-class memory modules to help you do the perfect upgrade
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Reseller of the Month
Chaos Computers is a leading supplier of all computer hardware, software and accessories.
Started in 2001 as the brainchild of Riaan Swart, their young and dynamic company now has 7 branches across the Cape Peninsula. The partnerships they hold with leading global brands enables them to tend to the unique needs of all customers, while remaining socially aware and contributing to the community through education and training.
The newest addition to the Chaos family is a Megastore within the Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre, which compliments their 6 other stores located around Cape Town. However, customers all around the country have access to the Chaos deals through the online shopping cart.
Chaos has had a loyal customer base, with their stock ranging from Notebooks to Computer Systems, LCD Screens, Printers, Graphics Cards, Networking Equipment, Multimedia Peripherals and more. They have specifically focused on the niche Patriot Memory brand from Syntech SA, selling USB flash drives, SD cards and memory modules from the range. Look out for a feature on these products in their next catalogue!
Chaos has developed a strong community for their customers, with a database of how-to-guides and Tech Smart articles to keep clients up to date and informed about the latest products and industry developments. They run exciting competitions, such as Tech Tuesday giveaways every last Tuesday of the month- be sure to keep track of them on facebook and twitter to get involved! New initiatives coming include 'Chaos Support' – soon to be launching with an excited choice of service plans. Customers will be able to choose a package that best suits their needs – either pay-as-you-go, contract or prepaid.
It is this kind of service extra that really shows Chaos' commitment to being “Technology's Best”.