Conclusion On Mix ram - Mix and match of additionally installed RAM in your computer is a task which depends on your computer whether it allow you to mix and match the RAM of different sizes.
I heard from one of my friend that installing some additional RAM in my computer can lead me towards a great benefit as I often use my computer for complex calculations, compression an processing of data. Apart of this I many times process more than one or two programs with my computer simultaneously. So I bought 1 GB of RAM and installed it i my computer. As per the expectation itb really worked but I wanted mix this RAM with my previous 1 GB RAM. I couldn’t b able to do this. Can I perform this task? What should I do to mix and match both the RAMs?
This totally depends on your computer’s manufacturer whether you can mix and match the older and new RAM or not. Actually the motherboard of each computer is designed differently, this influences the answer of your question that ‘it may be possible’ or ‘may not’. Different computer’s motherboard allow to mix and match the RAMs in a particular manner. For example some cases are given here-
- Some motherboard have the property that all the RAM sticks of the system should have identity of their capacity. It does mean that if your motherboard has four memory slots you can insert the memory sticks of various capacity such as 1GB, 512MB, 256MB etc. on those slots but you can not mix and match these memories with each other while your motherboard will allow you to do so if you are adding all the memory sticks of same capacity. For example, if you are inserting four RAM chips, each of 512MB in your computer you will be able to mix and match all of them with each other.
- Some other motherboards can apply the same thing i aslightly different way as you must insert the RAMs of same capacity in pairs in order to mix and match them. It may happen like if you have four slots for adding memory sticks in your computer’s motherboard you need two of them of same capacity for example,512 MB of each and free to install the other pair of memory sticks of different capacity. But in this case you will be just allowed to mix and match the sticks of same pair. You can’t mix the RAM chip of 512 MB with 256MB RAM chip.
- Some motherboards allow you to fill all the slots with variety of RAM sticks by capacity point of view but in a proper pre-specific manner. For example it might need the first slot to be filled by 1GB RAM stick, second with 512 MB and so on.
- In this way, there may be various type of motherboards, some might require the identity of RAM sticks in their speed or any other factor.
This way I think you now understand how you can mix and match the RAM sticks of your computer. The easiest way I think you should know the variety of your motherboard by searching the website related to your computer’s manufacturer.