This Crucial RAM has 2GB DDR memory clocked at a speed of 400MHz.
It is made up of 2 sticks and has a voltage of 2.60V.
|Total Memory||2GB||The amount of memory is the RAM's primary feature and defines how much data it can store for temporary fast access|
|Total Speed||400MHz||Speed defines how many data transfers can be made per second.|
|Stick Count||2||The number of sticks define the number of slots in the motherboard necessary to house the RAM|
|RAM Type||DDR||The RAM type defines compatibility with motherboards, as well as the limits to performance|
|Voltage||2.60V||Modern Intel systems require 1.5V or lower, AMD require 1.95V or lower. Can be changed in the BIOS|
|Timings||CL=3||Timings show latency, row address to column address delay, row precharge time, and row active time|
Rather than storing data permanently like in large capacity hard drives, RAM provides a temporary cache that your system uses to store the data that you are currently using. This makes accessing the most relevant data much faster, because accessing RAM requires much less time than your hard drive. In fact, most systems are configured to use the hard drive as a substitute for RAM when the RAM is being overloaded with data. This can bring your PC to a crawl, however, and is why having enough RAM is crucial.
DDR RAM is the oldest DDR iteration and has very low performance limits. Like DDR2, it is unexpectedly high in price relative to the performance it delivers, and as a result any newly purchased RAM is highly recommended to be DDR4 or DDR3 over DDR.
With a total memory of 2GB, the Crucial 2 GB Kit (2 x 1GB) DDR PC3200 UNBUFFERED NON-ECC 184-PIN DIMM has the capacity to run very little at once, and may even struggle with a Windows installation. Avoidance of this RAM in any PC build is highly recommended. This Crucial DDR RAM has a speed of 400MHz. RAM speed is not a crucial feature, but it does contribute significantly to PC games and certain applications like video-editing software. 400MHz is quite a poor speed, so would negatively impact the performance of both of these.
The CL RAM timing, or CAS latency, for this RAM is 3. This is the time it takes to send a column address and get a response. Generally speaking, the lower the latency the better, but there are other contributing factors such as clock speed.