How to Install RAM Modules on the Motherboard: A Beginners Guide

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Installing RAM is a crucial part of the PC building process. Memory modules are one of the basic components without which your PC will not function. We have put together collections of the best DDR4 and DDR5 memory modules you can buy on the market right now. In this guide, we will tell you how to install RAM on the motherboard. This is a beginners guide, so we will try to walk you through all the important steps as well as some crucial points. Let’s start:

The first thing you need to know is where to install the RAM on the motherboard. RAM modules are installed in memory slots. These slots are usually located on the right side of the processor socket. Some motherboards have memory slots on both sides of the processor socket, but these are primarily intended for advanced cards. As a beginner, you’ll likely be looking at a mainstream motherboard, so it should be on the safe side. You will see four slots stacked together. These locations are quite easy to locate.

RAM Modules Shown on a Gigabyte Aorus Pro Z690 Motherboard

  • You will notice that each individual RAM slot has two clips on each side. You have to press gently to open them. They don’t go too far, so it’s best to apply less pressure.

RAM Modules Shown on a Gigabyte Aorus Pro Z690 Motherboard

  • Now it’s time to orient the memory module to insert it into the slot. You can only insert RAM modules in one way. Simply line up the module so that the space of the connector matches that of the slot.

An XPG RAM module with a red colored heat sink installed on a motherboard

  • After that, gently press it into the slot. The clips on both sides of the slot will automatically lock when the sticks are fully inserted. You will also hear and feel a satisfying click when the module is properly installed.

If you do not fill all of the available RAM channels, you need to determine which RAM slots to use. If your motherboard has four slots and you only have two modules, you need to install the first module in the slot labeled 1. Your second key will go into slot 2, which is usually the third slot in the row. That’s right, location 2 is not the one next to location 1.

Sometimes it also depends on the motherboard manufacturer so you might want to check the manual once. Your PC will start and still work even if you mess up the command. However, you will miss out on the multi-channel capabilities. It is important to follow the instructions to get the best performance from your memory modules.

How to Install RAM: Final Thoughts

Installing RAM on the motherboard, as you can see, is pretty straightforward. You shouldn’t have any problems, as long as you pay attention to a few important things. This is true of almost everything when it comes to building a PC. It’s a fairly straightforward process that takes a long time due to the large number of parts that go into a build. We encourage you to join our XDA IT Forums where you can discuss your build, get product recommendations, and even advice on your build from the experts in our community. Good luck with the construction!

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