The memory inside a notebook computer is a very important part; it represents the area where the processor stores the data to be later on processed. This is why the speed your computer works with is involved with the amount of memory you have inside. But due to the limit of size of a notebook computer, parts must be squeezed, thus the first models of portable systems were not so performing. You can see this with mini notebooks these days, they have mostly the same configuration and they are not up for doing a lot of things. There are some categories of memories out there and according to the company you are interested in and how performing you want the notebook to be, you have some choices to make. In order to make things simpler for you, I shall present some types of notebook memory, just to know what they mean when you see them in the description.
You often see single channel or dual channel memory inside a notebook computer. This is actually the amount of bandwidth the memory module is able to process; dual channel is able to process twice as more compared to the single channel. But before you upgrade your notebook’s memory, you should check to see if the processor is able to sustain that much and to process with this specification. Most of the memory modules out there use SO-DIMM form factor (Small Outline DIMM), this is a general concept that is available for mostly all manufacturers out there and that will fit no matter the type of notebook computer you have.
Furthermore, you also see specifications within the memory, such as SDRAM, DDR Micro RAM. SDRAM memory types are used by older versions of notebook computers and not compatible with newer models. DDR Micro RAM is used in ultra-portable systems, because it is converted to the SO-DIMM form factor. DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 RAM are something more that you see specified in a lot of conditions. DDR RAM is evolved from the classic SDRAM and offers a double data rate, being able to process twice the speed of SDRAM and even faster. Nowadays you see only DDR3 memory inside performing notebook computers, as this increases the speed. The type of memory compatible with certain portable systems and the speed are determined by the motherboard. This is another reason why you should not buy random memory by yourself. You should always check the compatibility with your computer, see the manual and the specifications and enter the manufacturer’s website and enter your model to see exactly what can you buy. In case you want to upgrade the memory inside your notebook, you should see if there are two modules available, meaning you can get additional memory and increase the speed of processing. When you read online about a notebook computer, you also can check the maximum level of memory supported and see if you can make any upgrades. Some have already the maximum supported, so there is nothing for you to improve.
Finally, this was some basic information about notebook memory and you can always do some more research depending on how much interest you have in the subject. You can upgrade your laptop in many ways, by getting a spacious hard drive, change some of the internal parts and additionally, get more memory if supported.
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