Also known as RAM, Memory stores oft used processes for immediate access. An abundant amount of RAM with a high speed is essential for fast processing and smooth overall performance. Here are a few things to look for when shopping for RAM to include in your new trading computer.
Quantity – Denoted by the amount of gigabytes (GB), a decent amount of RAM is essential for multi-window users and multitaskers like traders. We recommend 16GB at a minimum, with 32GB ideal for many users if the budget allows.
Generation – The lastest generation of RAM is denoted as DDR4. When shopping, make sure that the trading computer you choose uses only this type of memory. Not only is DDR4 faster all around than previous generations (DDR3 or DDR2), it has lower voltage requirements too.
Speed – While RAM quantity is certainly important, make sure you don’t overlook speed. Today’s DDR4 RAM runs at stock speeds of either 2133 MHz or 2400 MHz, and as with most PC specs, faster is better in this case. But beware, RAM clocked higher than 2400 MHz is often factory overclocked and can lead to instability in the future, negating any performance advantages.
Quality – Often, the freeze ups, crashes, and slowdowns that frustrate PC users are caused by cheap or faulty RAM. DON’T SKIMP HERE! For maximum reliability, choose only name brand memory like Crucial or Corsair. Whitebox OEM grade RAM will save a few dollars on your build now, but will only create problems later. Trust us on this one.
*One additional thing to note – You may see some workstations with what’s called “ECC” RAM. Basically this means that an additional module has been added to each stick to detect/correct errors and crashes before they occur. ECC RAM is essential for many strenuous media creation and workstation applications, but less so for trading.