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hi,

What does RAM speed signiify? What is an example of a fast RAM?
 
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Random access memory (usually known by its acronym, RAM) is a type of data store used in computers. It takes the form of integrated circuits that allow the stored data to be accessed in any order — that is, at random and without the physical movement of the storage medium or a physical reading head.

The word "random" refers to the fact that any piece of data can be returned quickly, and in a constant time, regardless of its physical location and whether or not it is related to the previous piece of data. This contrasts with storage mechanisms such as tapes, magnetic disks and optical disks, which rely on the physical movement of the recording medium or a reading head. In these devices, the movement takes longer than the data transfer, and the retrieval time varies depending on the physical location of the next item.

-From Wikipedia

Most store-bought PC's come equipped with at least 512MB of ram, but for a good gaming experience, a gig of ram is recommended.
 

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yea i know what a RAM is, thanks anyway, I was wondering what the speed meant
 

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ah, that was interesting, however I was refering to the 5 or so numbers under the specificationd of a Ram (ex. 5-5-5-5-5) what is a "more than good" number to have on a ram?
 
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you are refering to the latency. The speed is how fast the memory can go. The latency is more comparible to a reaction time. Latency really isn't that important becuase you can't really notice much of a difference. Sometimes it is good to know though becuase some motherboards won't support certain latencies.
 
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