When to Upgrade RAM and How to Choose RAM

Many customers have encountered difficulty choosing a RAM to upgrade their mini PC.

This article will talk about when to upgrade RAM, how to choose RAM, and the specifications of RAM for our Mini PCs which can be used in selecting RAM.

RAMs are important components that connect the Mini PC's CPU and storage, and they have a very big impact on the Mini PC's performance.


Simply put, the CPU needs to fetch data from the hard disk when running programs, but the hard disk reading speed is relatively slow, so it needs to use RAM to make a connection. If the memory is not enough, the running speed will decrease, the program response will become slow, or there will be stuttering.

How to know if the Mini PC RAM needs to be upgraded?

When the Mini PC is stuck, we can use the task manager to check the memory usage and judge whether it is caused by insufficient memory, the specific operation is as follows:

Press 【Ctrl+Shift+Esc】 at the same time, open the computer 【Task Manager】, and select 【Details】-【Performance】-【Memory】, if the RAM usage percentage exceeds 90%, it means that the RAM capacity has encountered a bottleneck and needs to be upgraded.

The task manager can also check the number of RAM slots on the Mini PC, and decide whether to replace a larger capacity RAM or directly install another RAM.

Of course, there is another situation, that is "You think the Mini PC needs to upgrade RAM". When you have a clear purpose of use and feel that the RAM is not enough to support your Mini PC running some software, you naturally have requirements for RAM.

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But many friends have encountered various problems after installing RAM by themselves:

①The system did not show the RAM after installing it
②The speed did not improve after changing the RAM
③The Mini PC black screen and could not open after installing the RAM

Isn't it just opening the Mini PC and plugging the RAM into the slot? Where did the problem occur? How can we avoid these problems?

What should I pay attention to when upgrading RAM?

The installation method of RAMs is very simple, but the premise of completing a RAM upgrade is to choose the right RAM, and choosing a RAM requires attention to the following three aspects:

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1. Choose the correct RAM specification.

Because different motherboards support different RAM specifications, before upgrading the RAM, you need to confirm whether the motherboard supports DDR3, DDR4, or the latest DDR5 RAM. At the same time, laptop and desktop RAMs are also different in size and need to be noted when choosing.

2. Confirm the maximum supported capacity of the Mini PC's RAM.

The maximum supported RAM capacity of each Mini PC is different. If it exceeds the maximum supported capacity, it may cause failure to boot or failure to recognize.

3. Confirm the supported frequency of the Mini PC's RAM.

The motherboard and CPU also have requirements for the frequency of RAM. If the Mini PC only supports 2666MHz, inserting a 3200MHz RAM will automatically lower its frequency to 2666MHz. If you are directly installing a new RAM, it is recommended to choose one with the same frequency as your machine's original one.

4. Problems to pay attention to when building dual channels

If you want to make two RAMs on your Mini PC from a dual channel*, you need to choose ones with identical specifications, capacities, and frequencies.

For example, using 16GB 3200MHz RAM and an 8GB 2666MHz one to form a dual channel, 8GB of the 16GB one can form a 2666MHz dual channel with another one, and the remaining 8GB still runs in 2666MHz single channel mode.

*It depends on the action of the memory controller. In theory, it can double the bandwidth provided by two equal-specification memories, thereby effectively improving your Mini PC's running speed.


If you want to upgrade your Mini PC's RAM correctly, you must consider the specifications, capacity, frequency, and dual channel issues of your chosen ones. Match them with corresponding models.

The following are the RAM specifications of our products. Do you have any questions about these tips? Let me know.
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Aug 25, 2022
Mini Series:
Product ModelMini IT8Mini IT8 SEMini IT11Mini IT12
MemoryDual-channel DDR4 SODIMM,8GB/16GB; expandable up to 32GBDual-channel DDR4 SODIMM, 8GB; expandable up to 32GBDual-channel DDR4 SODIMM,16GB/32GB; expandable up to 64GBDual-channel DDR4-3200 SODIMM, 16GB/32GB, expandable up to 64GB

AS Series:
ModelAS 6AS 5
MemoryDual-channel DDR5-4800 SODIMM, supports up to 32GBDual-channel DDR4-3200MHz SODIMM , supports up to 64GB

Mini Air Series:
Product ModelMini Air11Mini Air11 SE
MemoryDual-channel DDR4 SODIMM, 8GB; expandable up to 32GBLPDDR4, 4GB or 6GB onboard

Mini Fun Series:
Product ModelMini Fun9
MemoryDual-channel DDR4-3200 SODIMM, up to 64GB
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Jul 2, 2023
Mini Air Series:
Product ModelMini Air11Mini Air11 SE
MemoryDual-channel DDR4 SODIMM, 8GB; expandable up to 32GBLPDDR4, 4GB or 6GB onboard

I put in 2x 16Gb SODIMM DDR4 parts, Crucial CT2K16G4SFRA32A, and the motherboard refused to recognize them. Is this really able to be upgraded to 32Gb? Do you have any part numbers for other manufacturers (Transcend,Kingston,Crucial, doesn't really matter) which are known to work?


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Apr 23, 2023
Dear JoelSnyder,

Glad to see you!~

It may be a frequency issue, I see you are using the 3200 DDR4.

DDR4 stands for Double Data Rate 4, which means that it can transfer data twice as fast as DDR3, the previous generation of memory. DDR4 also has lower power consumption and higher capacity than DDR3.

However, not all DDR4 memory modules have the same frequency, which is a measure of how fast they can operate. The frequency of DDR4 memory is expressed in megahertz (MHz), and it can range from 1600 MHz to 4800 MHz or higher. The higher the frequency, the faster the memory can perform, but it also requires more voltage and may generate more heat.

1、To install DDR4 memory in your computer, you need to make sure that your motherboard supports DDR4 and has compatible slots for the memory modules.

2、You also need to check the specifications of your processor and your motherboard to see what frequency and voltage they support. You can choose DDR4 memory that matches the supported frequency of your system components.

3、If you install DDR4 memory that has a higher frequency than your processor or motherboard can handle, you may need to adjust some settings in the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) to make it work properly.

One of the ways to check the DDR4 frequency in Windows 11 is to use Task Manager.​

To do this, follow these steps:​

- Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager.
- Click on the Performance tab and select Memory from the left panel.
- You will see the DDR4 frequency under the Speed section on the right panel.

This method will show you the current operating frequency of your DDR4 memory, which may differ from its rated frequency depending on your system settings and configuration.

Best Regards,


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