Best DDR3 Ram MemoryIf you are building a computer or are updating an old one, you will definitely have to use DDR3. Read our buyer’s guide to find the best DDR3 RAM for gaming and other heavy-duty processing

DDR 3 Still Good Option?

Yes, DDR4 has already been released and has spread quite strongly. It is better than DDR3, but this does not mean that DDR3 can no longer be used.

Moreover, it is difficult to notice any differences in DDR3 vs DDR4 memory performance by eye. Next, consider the best DDR3 RAM.

Best DDR3 RAM

1. Kingston HyperX Fury

Like the DDR4 version, these memory slats are quite popular and affordable.

The difference in performance between this memory and the others listed is very small, so at the time of purchase, it is better to choose the cheapest option. The memory comes in four colors: red, white, black and blue.

  • Size: 4-16 GB;
  • Frequency: 1600 MHz;
  • Timings: 9;
  • Voltage: 1.5 V;
  • Type: 240 pin.

2. Corsair Vengeance

This is also a great option for those looking for good DDR3 memory. But the Vengeance line has one drawback. The trims have very large radiators. Therefore, first, make sure that they do not interfere with the processor cooler.

4-32 GB strips are available in red, blue, or gold. There is also a Pro version that has a higher frequency of operation.

  • Size: 4-32 GB;
  • Frequency: 1600 MHz;
  • Timings: 9;
  • Voltage: 1.5 V;
  • Type: 240 pin.

3. G.SKILL Ripjaws

G.SKILL has quite a few different memory models, but their Ripjaws line is the cheapest. With the difference between the above-listed competitors at almost $ 10, it gives the same performance and therefore has gained considerable popularity. The minus of this memory is appearance.

  • Size: 4-32 GB;
  • Frequency: 1600 MHz;
  • Timings: 9;
  • Voltage: 1.5 V;
  • Type: 240 pin.

4. Patriot Signature

If you are not looking for something inspiring, and you just need a regular DDR3 memory set with a frequency of 1600 MHz, then you can choose this option. Memory comes only in the amount of 8 GB and has not the best design.

Nevertheless, this is one of the cheapest options. And it works quite well, but nothing else is needed. This is the best DDR3 RAM for the price.

  • Size:  8 GB;
  • Frequency: 1600 MHz;
  • Timings:  11;
  • Voltage: 1.5 V;
  • Type: 240 pin.

 

5. Patriot Viper 3

The memory of the Patriot Viper 3 line costs a few dollars more; for the Patriot Signature, it has better performance and a more beautiful design.

You can choose black, blue and red colors.

If you want a non-budgetary RAM of 2018, which will not cost a lot of money, the Patriot Viper 3 series may be the best solution.

  • Size:  4-16 GB;
  • Frequency: 1600 MHz;
  • Timings:  9;
  • Voltage: 1.5 V;
  • Type: 240 pin.

This list lists the best RAM in 2018, as well as the best companies in RAM.

During the compilation of the list, the optimal price-performance ratio was chosen; however, over time, everything can change.

When choosing memory, pay more attention to the price than to the frequencies, because the memory performance at 1600 MHz and 3200 MHz is not so different.

Can I use DDR4 instead of DDR3, or DDR3 instead of DDR3L?

DDR4 cannot be used instead of DDR3 or DDR2, and you simply cannot insert it into the slot due to the key difference (exactly the same as vice versa).

What about DDR3 and DDR3L – in most cases, the laptop should work with this and this bracket. However, I note that some devices only support a specific type of memory. Therefore, I would still recommend sticking to a specific type and not experimenting …

 

Precautions Before Buying 

Before buying memory, you should know several parameters (just in case, I remind you):

  1. Memory type (DDR3, DDR3L, ). Do not mix up the voltage, as not all laptops support, for example, both DDR3 and DDR3L;
  2. the maximum amount supported by your laptop (i.e., it may make no sense for you to expand the memory, because the laptop just won’t see it anymore);
  3. bus frequency;
  4. Is there a free slot on the laptop (or do you want to replace the current memory bar). I note that not all laptops can change memory: there are such devices where the memory is simply soldered on the board, and adding (or changing it) is simply impossible!
  5. Memory size, manufacturer, etc. characteristics – leave without consideration. In principle, they give 3-5 years of guarantee for memory, and problems, as a rule, do not arise with any of the famous manufacturers.

In general, knowing all these characteristics, you can easily pick up a die for yourself.

I will add it!

For those who want to save on hardware, sometimes look at offers in Chinese online stores. If you run into a sale, and even use a cashback, you can get the same solder 3-4 times cheaper than when you buy it in a regular computer store.

About which Chinese stores to watch, and how to use the cashback, see here: https://ocomp.info/kitayskie-internet-magazinyi.html

Installation of DDR3 In Laptop 

If your laptop is under warranty, then disassembling and installing the memory strip yourself may be the reason for refusing warranty service.

I also recommend that before installing the RAM into the device yourself, watch the disassembly video of the exact same laptop model (for many popular models, such videos are present on .com).

Approximate steps in order …

1) First, completely turn off the laptop, disconnect all devices from it: headphones, mouse, charging cable, etc.

2) Turn the device over and remove the battery (if it is being removed from you. Recently, manufacturers are increasingly installing the battery in the device itself).

Take out the battery

Additional Steps 

That before replacing or adding memory, a disk, etc., some laptops (which have covers for quick access to the memory, disk, but the battery is hidden inside the device) must be put into battery saving mode.

For example, HP Pro Book G4 (in the example below), you need to turn off, connect the power adapter, and simultaneously press Win + Backspace + Power and then disconnect the power adapter. After the operation is done, the laptop will not start until the power adapter is connected, and you can safely upgrade components.

This point is recommended to clarify in the instructions for your equipment!

3) Then you can remove the protective cover for quick access to the components of the laptop (or completely disassemble the device).

Please note that in addition to the screws on the contour of the device (1), there can be screws under the rubber feet and stickers (2).

Remove the cover – screws

4) When removing the cover, first remove the battery (if the battery is inside the device). As a rule, it is fastened with several screws.

Remove the battery

5) After that, you can insert a memory card into the slot. I draw your attention to the fact that the die is inserted at a certain angle (30-45 degrees) easily and freely, then you simply press on it (pressing down to the board) and wait for the light click of the fixing “antennae.”

Installing the RAM strip in the slot

6) After this, you can assemble the device in the reverse order and check whether the memory is determined (AIDA64 to help). I think if you have chosen the bar correctly and everything is in order with it – no problems should arise …

Checking The Memory Slots

As advised above, first of all, you need to find out how many memory slots you have on your laptop (otherwise, there is a risk of buying memory and wasting money).

You can do this only visually by disassembling (removing the protective cover) the laptop. Because various utilities may indicate the presence of a slot, but physically it may simply not exist (instead of a slot, there can only be a place for it on the motherboard, that is, nobody actually soldered it and installed it on the board).

The most likely 3 options:

  1. 2 slots: of which one slot can be occupied, or both. If one is busy, then you can just buy the bar for the second. If both are busy, then there are two options: either change one die for a larger volume or change both (decide for yourself).
  2. 1 slot: the current memory strip can occupy it, or it can be free (if the used strip is soldered to the motherboard);
  3. No slots: some modern laptops can go without slots at all, all memory is already wired to the mat circuit board. In this case, alas, it is impossible to add memory (at least without a service, perhaps in some models it can be re-soldered … (but I would not recommend it)).

Two RAM slots (HP Pro Book G4)

And now, I will analyze the most popular questions regarding RAM.

If I already have a memory bar, should I buy the same, or can I have a larger volume and a higher frequency?

Dies can be of different volumes, i.e., one on 4 GB, the other on 8 GB – everything should work.

What about the frequency: firstly, it should be supported by a mat board and processor; secondly, if you have 2 strips with different frequencies, then the laptop will work at the same frequency with both strips (at the least, see the example below).

Can I Use Memory Sticks With Different Frequencies?

It is possible if your equipment supports both frequencies.

For example, if you have DDR4-2133 installed, and you buy DDR4-2400, then both brackets will work at the lowest frequency (i.e., at 2133). If you want to use the frequency of 2400, you will need to remove the bar with a frequency of 2133.

But in general, if you use 2 or more bars – I would advise you to use memory with the same frequency.

Is it possible to use a memory bar with a frequency higher than recommended for the mat board/processor?

I would not recommend doing this. For example, if your laptop supports DDR4-2133 memory, then installing DDR4-2400 is extremely undesirable. Different devices can behave differently:

  • at best, the memory will operate at a frequency of 2133;
  • at worst, the laptop simply does not recognize it and will not turn on. Or you will get an extremely unstable system operation, with frequent reboots and freezes.