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HP Computer RAM

HP Computer RAM

The amount of memory in your HP system plays an integral role in performance. The more you have, the less time your laptop or desktop computer has to spend processing data. RAM is upgradable, and you can get as much as your motherboard allows.

What is HP RAM?

RAM stands for random-access memory, which is a kind of data storage that lets data be written and read quickly irrespective of its location within that storage. This memory is volatile, which means that when you turn your HP off at night, whatever was stored just fades away.

HP RAM refers specifically to memory modules for an HP system. Hewlett-Packard or Compaq will generally have an agreement with a memory manufacturer for modules for its prebuilt laptops and PCs. HP RAM is available for the many types of products the brand makes, including:

  • Desktop PCs
  • All-in-one computers
  • Laptops, such as the EliteBook
  • Netbooks
  • Chromebooks
Which memory types are available?

HP has manufactured many different systems over the years and has thus used many different types. When you upgrade or replace, be certain to choose a technology appropriate to your mainboard. Some technologies used in Hewlett-Packard computers include:

  • DRAM
  • EDO RAM
  • SDRAM
  • DDR SDRAM
Are laptop and workstation modules the same?

For practical purposes, the answer is no. The underlying technology generally is the same. However, laptop memory often has a smaller form factor and a smaller pin count. This means that workstation RAM cards may be too large to fit into a laptop.

What is pin count and why does it matter?

When you install memory in your computer, the shielded edge that is inserted toward the mainboard is actually a series of pins. Pin configurations are determined by several factors, including voltage, memory clock, and bandwidth. You need to choose a pin configuration based on your mainboard specifications. Some pin configurations used by HP systems include:

  • 172-pin MicroDIMM
  • 184-pin DIMM
  • 200-pin SO-DIMM
  • 204-pin SO-DIMM
  • 214-pin MicroDIMM
  • 240-pin DIMM
Can modules be mixed and matched?

Check your mainboard or laptop manual for any special requirements. Normally, memory slots are paired, which means you’ll either have one slot, such as in some laptops, or some multiple of two. It’s generally not recommended to mix and match within a pairing. A pair should have the same brand, memory size, clock speed, and even lot number. If you have more than two memory modules, you can mix and match the pairings in terms of brand and capacity. This can simplify and reduce the process when choosing an upgrade for your computer.