One of the most affordable and easiest ways of improving your computer’s performance is doing a memory upgrade. While it is fairly simple to upgrade as well as install the memory, it is necessary to check its compatibility when buying a new memory card for your system. Because in order for the memory to work properly, it has to be compatible with the motherboard too.

Memory Data Rate

The kind of memory that you are planning to buy should match the motherboard that your system is using.

Depending on the computer’s age and model, it was made to use any of the following memory technology:

  • SDR – this stands as Single Data Rate technology that appeared mainly in systems manufactured prior 2002
  • DDR – it is an abbreviation for Double Data Rate technology which started to be used among systems manufactured in the same year as SDR
  • DDR2 – for this one, it’s the second generation of double data rate technology that was launched in 2004
  • DDR3 – the technology was released in 2007
  • DDR4 – first appearance was in 2014

The Motherboard

This piece of a computer is where the memory modules, the storage such as HDD or SDD, processor and all other components can be found.

Every generation of memory technology comes with faster frequencies, running on low voltage and also, boasts lower latency compared to its previous iterations.