PC3-12800 DDR3-1600 Computer RAM

Access More Random Memories with 16GB RAM DDR3 1600 MHz

Random Access Memory (RAM) is a fundamental aspect of any computer system. As computers, programs, and applications continually progress, hardware such as RAM must advance in order to maintain computer standards. eBay contains the hardware you require to upgrade your rig, at prices that won’t burn out your budget.

What is the difference between DDR 3 and other forms of RAM?

DDR3 is an abbreviation of ‘Double Data Rate type 3’, which can transfer data at double the rate of DDR2 RAM. DDR3 RAM looks almost identical to the DDR2 stick, but the notch which separates the RAM’s chip-sets is positioned in a different location. This safety feature prevents the accidental installation of a DDR2 stick into a DDR3 unit. DDR3 RAM uses lower voltages than DDR2, and consequently, has a power consumption of 30% less than DDR2. This allows a DDR3 stick to operate for longer without overheating.

What do the GB and MHz specs mean when talking about 16GB and 1600 MHz?

The storage capacity and data transfer rate of RAM are two parameters which generally define the RAM’s overall performance:

  • Higher GB and MHz figures indicate a better unit, while 16GB refers to how much storage space the stick of RAM has available.
  • RAM operates on set intervals known as the ‘Clock Rate’, which is the rate at which data is sent to or received from the CPU and is measured in Megahertz.
  • A DDR3 RAM stick can send or receive data 800 million times per second (800 MHz), however, it can send or receive data twice per interval, equating to 1600 MHz.
How much RAM do you need?

The amount of RAM you may require depends entirely on how you intend to use your computer. Computers generally come with a pre-installed amount of RAM and often have additional empty slots for extra RAM. Before you purchase a stick of 16GB RAM DDR3 1600 MHz, it is recommended that you check your device specifications to ensure that the additional RAM is compatible with your existing hardware. Some common considerations you want to account for include:

  • If you’re running games, they specify the ‘minimum’ and ‘recommended’ computer hardware requirements for the game to run smoothly. Higher-end games, High Definition graphics, and multiple-screen setups require more RAM.
  • Running multiple programs and applications simultaneously requires more RAM than running programs individually.
  • Specific programs may require large amounts of RAM. For example, video and audio editing programs rely heavily on large amounts of RAM.