The BIG Technical Jargon Guide

If you need answers to broadband jargon or technical terminology you're in the right place



What is RAM?

RAM stands for (Random Access Memory). It is a type of computer memory that is used to temporarily store data and programs that are currently in use. Unlike a computer's hard drive or solid-state drive, which provides long-term storage, RAM is volatile memory that is designed for short-term storage and rapid access. When a program or application is opened on a computer, it is loaded into RAM so that it can be quickly accessed and processed by the computer's CPU (Central Processing Unit). The amount of RAM a computer has can have a significant impact on its performance, as more RAM allows the computer to run more programs and perform more tasks simultaneously without slowing down. However, once the computer is shut down, any data stored in RAM is lost, so it is important to save important data to a hard drive or another storage device before shutting down the computer.

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