DDR4 Ripjaw Ram

This is a condensed version of my FAQ about RAM for those that want the bottom line without being overwhelmed with information.

  • RAM can only make your computer as fast as your CPU.  
  • Having a lot of RAM does not make up for an mediocre CPU.
  • 8 GB RAM is recommended for most laptops and desktops.
  • 8 GB is perfectly fine for 99% of games (16 isn’t needed).
  • 16-32 GB can be helpful for 4K video/photo editing and 3D modeling.
  • DDR4 motherboards need DDR4 RAM.
  • Faster RAM offers marginal benefit (with some exception to Ryzen).
  • All RAM will run as fast as the slowest RAM stick.
  • Using 3 sticks of RAM is not optimal.  Use 2 or 4.
  • Preferably, all sticks should be same size, speed and brand.
  • Any reputable company is fine.  Corsair, G. Skill, Crucial are good.
  • Install RAM in the 2nd and 4th slot preferably.
  • Laptop and desktop RAM are not interchangeable.
  • Don’t buy more RAM than you need when its expensive.