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January 3, 2012 12:45:18 AM

Hey guys!!! I have a question about what the function of RAM really is. I typed this up and I got some really complicated answers and I want to know in simple terms what it does. Any help?

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January 3, 2012 1:10:17 AM

This is the simplest way I can put it: RAM is temporary memory. It serves as temporary storage for files in your operation system, applications, internet browser, etc. Unlike your hard drive, the data stored on it goes away after shutting down your computer. Hope this helps :) 
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January 3, 2012 1:18:29 AM

Think of ram as a holding tank for data that is fed into the cpu , it is there because the cpu prefetches the data and keeps it there for fast access instead of going to the HDD and waiting for the spinning platters to give the data. It is not permenent storage just temporary.
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January 3, 2012 1:23:46 AM

It is also much faster than hard drives or SSDs.
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January 3, 2012 1:25:49 AM

How does RAM affect performance? Like how different would your computer be with those 8gb rams compared to the lower gb rams
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January 3, 2012 1:32:07 AM

naminaterzzz said:
How does RAM affect performance? Like how different would your computer be with those 8gb rams compared to the lower gb rams
You can have more things open at once and still have you computer run smoothly. Some examples of this would be having like 15 internet tabs open at the same time, a program with a bunch of plugins running, or just a lot of applications running at once.
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January 3, 2012 1:35:05 AM

thanks so much!!! : )
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January 3, 2012 1:36:54 AM

naminaterzzz said:
thanks so much!!! : )
no problem glad to help :) 
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January 3, 2012 1:47:38 AM

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