This Crucial RAM has 3GB DDR3 memory clocked at a speed of 1066MHz.
It is made up of 3 sticks and has a voltage of 1.50V.
|Total Memory||3GB||The amount of memory is the RAM's primary feature and defines how much data it can store for temporary fast access|
|Total Speed||1066MHz||Speed defines how many data transfers can be made per second.|
|Stick Count||3||The number of sticks define the number of slots in the motherboard necessary to house the RAM|
|RAM Type||DDR3||The RAM type defines compatibility with motherboards, as well as the limits to performance|
|Voltage||1.50V||Modern Intel systems require 1.5V or lower, AMD require 1.95V or lower. Can be changed in the BIOS|
|Timings||CL=7||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.
DDR3 RAM has been the predominant RAM technology for a good few years now, and its cheapness and high performance are the reason. However, with DDR4 nearly here, and well set to become the motherboard standard, the remaining lifespan of DDR3 RAM is ever shortening.
With a total memory of 3GB, the Crucial CT3KIT12864BA1067 3GB 1GBx3 240-pin PC3-8500 DIMM DDR3 3-Channel Memory KIT 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 DDR3 RAM has a speed of 1066MHz. RAM speed is not a crucial feature, but it does contribute significantly to PC games and certain applications like video-editing software. 1066MHz is an average speed, so should not contribute negatively or positively to either of these to any noticeable extent.
The CL RAM timing, or CAS latency, for this RAM is 7. 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.