Tip: Remember to follow anti-static precautions and at the very least, grounding yourself on a radiator or piece of earthed equipment before handling any components. Handle components carefully by holding only the sides of the PCB and not the contacts or components.

Despite its many names; RAM, Random Access Memory, Memory, DDR, etc. Memory is one of the simplest components to fit and upgrade.

Memory comes in all shapes and sizes, from SDRAM to DDR1 all the way up to the current DDR3 and even those have variants to them, buffered, un-buffered, ECC, etc. the list goes on and on.

Even the memory slots that we get on motherboards can vary in both colour and numbers.  However despite all these potential variations, don’t be confused or worried, the principle for fitting memory is exactly the same across all of these different types.

Before we attempt to fit the memory we need to ‘unlock’ the retaining clips that sit on either side of the slot and hold the memory in place once fitted, to achieve this simply pull the two tabs away from the slot (Fig.A), once the tabs are out of our way we need to ensure that we’re lining the memory up with the slot correctly. There should be an offset notch, or series of notches in your memory module which you need to line up with the slot (Fig.B). Once lined up we’re ready to rock and roll, press the memory module down into the slot – as you press down the two retaining clips that we moved should snap back onto place giving you a reassuring click (Fig.C & Fig.D).

As you may have noticed in the picture of motherboards above, some boards may have a slot like the one pictured to the right.

However the only difference when installing memory in slots like those above is that you only have one retaining clip to deal with, as the ones pictured above are a spring loaded retaining clip and simply require you to slot the memory into them.

And that’s it - you have successfully fitted your memory.  As I mentioned earlier, memory is the easiest component to fit and is becoming a much more common upgrade choice for the home users. Given its simplicity when it comes to fitment we can understand why it’s the most common upgrade performed.

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