How to Check RAM Speed – Guide

The RAM (random-access memory) installed in your computer is arguably one of the most important parts. It is what allows you to run and load the applications you use on a day to day basis. Usually, when we think of RAM speed, we are referencing its frequency which is measured in MHz. But, how exactly do we check RAM speed?

Checking your RAM speed (frequency) is rather simple to do. There is a variety of ways in which you can check it. Numerous applications exist allowing you to check the specs and monitor them. You can even check it through applications already installed on your computer.

There are numerous reasons why you may want to check your RAM speed. Whether you’re looking to upgrade it or you are just looking out of curiosity. In this article, I will show you the most popular ways to check and monitor it.

How to Check Ram Speed on Windows

Windows Task Manager is by far the easiest way to do it out of the available options. It is already pre-installed on all Windows laptops. It will tell you your RAM speed in a matter of seconds, along with some other useful information. Below is a guide as to how to check your RAM speed on Windows with Task Manager.

  1. Right-click your taskbar and select “Task Manager”
  2. Click on the “Performance” tab located at the top left
  3. Click on the “Memory” tab located on the left
    Windows Task Manager ram speed

If you are running an older version of Windows, the Task Manager will not display the same information. To access this information, you may have to download a monitoring software mentioned a little later on.

Checking your RAM speed on the Task Manager proves to be one of the simplest methods. It really only takes a couple of seconds to do and will offer you some basic useful information. However, if you are looking for something a little bit more detailed. Or if you are even looking to monitor your RAM performance while playing video games, you may want to use monitoring software.

RAM Speed Monitoring Software

As mentioned before there are numerous applications that you can use to check your RAM speed. I personally always use software to do this as it provides a little bit more in-depth details. Of course, these take a little bit more time as you have to install and set them up. However, I believe that they are worth it. The two most popular monitoring software is NZXT’s CAM and CPU-Z.

NZXT CAM

NZXT CAM proves to be my personal favorite when it comes to monitoring and checking RAM speed. This is primarily due to the built-in features that the application has to offer. If you do any gaming, this application is built for you. It allows you to display some pretty cool in-game monitoring overlays to keep an eye on everything. This is extremely useful if you are trying to check how much load a game is putting on your RAM. It is also worth mentioning that it is super user friendly and easy to navigate. While the information it provides about your RAM can be rather basic when compared to CPU-Z, its features make up for it. If you are primarily just looking to see your RAM frequency (speed) and load, it is perfect.

NZXT CAM monitoring software for RAM

If you are looking for a little bit more details, you may want to consider CPU-Z.

CPU-Z

CPU-Z is not only perfect for checking your RAM clock speed, but it will also provide you with a lot more. Such as channels, row refresh cycle time, command rate, etc. However, it is not quite as user friendly as NZXT CAM. It also does not come with as many features. But if you are primarily looking to just check the specs of your RAM, I would recommend this option. The amount of information it provides you is significantly more when compared to the other options.

It will provide you some useful information regarding other components as well. 

RAM Labels

Typically speaking most RAM sticks will have their specifications labeled on the exterior. This may be extremely easy to check especially if you have a desktop computer. All you have to do is remove your side panel and locate the RAM. Once you have found it you should be able to read its frequency printed on the side. If you have a laptop, this will be a little bit more difficult to check. You will have to remove the underside of the laptop which is usually held on by some screws. I advise against this option as laptops can be especially finicky to deal with. But, if you wish to do so, please do a little bit of research before you remove its base. Once it has been removed, the process is the same as a desktop. Locate the ram and you should be able to find its frequency printed on the side.

laptop ram being displayed

Conclusion

Overall, checking your RAM’s frequency is extremely easy to do and it can be done in a few seconds. Windows Task Manager proves to be the fastest option to gather this information. While the details and information might be basic it definitely does its job. However, if you are looking for a little bit more, 3rd party software is perfect for you. They offer some pretty cool features such as frequency monitoring and load monitoring that just can’t be overlooked. NZXT CAM provides you with these features where CPU-Z provides you with more details.