There are several ways to check the make and model of your RAM sticks for both plugged-in and unplugged RAM sticks.
If your RAM stick is unplugged and outside the PC, you can check its make and model through simple physical inspection. On the other hand, if your RAM stick is plugged-in and running, then you can check the make and model using Command Prompt and popular free third party system inspection software like HWinfo.
In the following article I will explain in detail how to check RAM model and brand also cover several other important aspects of the RAM you can check incase if you are planning on upgrading.
Without further ado, let us get to work.
How to Check RAM Model and Brand?
Let us look at how to check RAM model and brand of a plugged in and an unplugged stick separately
Checking RAM Model and Brand of an Unplugged Stick
To check the model and brand of an unplugged stick, simply check what the label on it has to say.
All RAM sticks have a label sticker that clearly mentions the brand, as well as its model and part number.
In addition to that, the RAM stick may also mention other aspects and specs such as the voltage it uses, its serial number etc.
For instance, on the RAM stick above, you can see that the brand, or the manufacturer for this RAM stick is Kingston.
You can also see several other numbers, some of them relate to part number and others relate to its serial. However, what you are interested is in the Kingston’s model number.
You can tell which number pertains to the model number by knowing the manufacturer’s RAM model initial letters.
For instance, Kingston’s RAM sticks have a model number starting with the letters “KHX” i.e the model number for this stick is KHX1600C9D3K2/4GX.
Different brands have their RAM model numbers starting with different letters/numbers. Here is a short list:
|Brand||Initial Letters for
|Kingston||KHX – Hyper X
KF – Fury
– CMD – For Dominator
– CMK – Vengeance LPX
– CMR – Vengeance RGB
– CMT – Dominator Platinum
– BLE – Elite
– BLS – Sport
– BLT – Tactical
– MBA – Blackline
– MES – Essentials
– MPL – Proline
– PSD – Signature Line
– PV – Viper 4
– PX – Xtreme
Decoding the Specs from the Model Name
Each and every letter and number in the model name has a meaning attached.
You can decode the specs from the name if you understand what they entail. For instance, the model name for my RAM stick KHX1600C9D3K2 holds the following meaning:
- KHX – Kingston Hyper X
- 1600 – Frequency in MHz
- C9 – CAS Latency of 9
- D3 – DDR 3
- K2 – Kit of 2 (The product came with a kit of 2 sticks)
- /4 – 4 GB Kit (Each stick worth 2 GB)
What each and every letter and number in the model name of the stick entails is NOT uniform across the brands.
However, you can find an amazing resource here: Meaning of RAM Product Item Numbers/Codes where a helpful user that goes by the name raisonjohn has done a splendid job at detailing what the numbers mean from different manufacturers.
Checking RAM Model and Brand of a Plugged in Stick
If your RAM stick is plugged-in, then you can check its make and model through either command prompt or using popular FREE third party software / utilities.
Checking the RAM Model and Brand Using Command Prompt
This is perhaps the simplest method on how to check RAM model and brand if its plugged in.
Step 1: Open Command Prompt
In the Windows Search bar, type “Command Prompt” and open the “Command Prompt” application.
Step 2: Search for RAM Details Using Specific Strings
With the Command Prompt open, type the following:
wmic MemoryChip get DeviceLocator, Manufacturer, PartNumber
The resulting prompt should detail both the Manufacturer and the Part Number of all the RAM sticks installed in your PC:
You can see above that the RAM sticks on my Laptop are manufactured by Samsung and their Model Number is M471A1K43CB1. I can look this up online to buy another identical RAM stick for instance.
Note that there is a vast list of different strings, other than Manufacturer and PartNumber, that you can use in Command Prompt to get various information regarding your RAM stick.
Here is a short list:
- Memory Type
For the complete list of strings, Windows has a comprehensive article on it: Win32_PhysicalMemory class.
Also Read: Will DDR5 RAM Work on DDR4 Motherboard?
Checking the RAM Model and Brand Using Free Third Party Software
The second method on how to check RAM model and brand if its plugged in is to use third party software.
The two that I would recommend are the following:
Using HWinfo to Find Out RAM Make and Model:
With the free software downloaded, run it (Run the version based on your system’s architecture i.e 32 bit or 64 bit). This should open several utility Windows.
The one we are interested in is shown below.
Here, select the “Memory” tab from the Left-Hand menu. The resulting drop-down list should show you all the RAM sticks currently installed in your system
Select one RAM and read its details on the right particularly the fields labelled as:
- Module Manufacturer : Samsung in this instance
- Module Part Number: M471A1K43CB1-CRC in this instance
Other than the brand and manufacturer, HWinfo can should you various other details regarding each RAM stick you have installed.
Using CPU-Z to Find Out RAM Make and Model:
Another very simple and light utility to figure out the make and model of your RAM stick is CPU-Z.
With the utility downloaded, RUN it. When the utility starts, select the “SPD” tab in the above menu and look for the fields labelled as:
- DRAM Manuf
- Part Number
You can also select a different RAM stick from the Memory Slot Selection drop down menu in case if you have multiple sticks installed.
Also Read: Can You Use Laptop RAM in Desktop?
Can You Mix Different Brand of RAM?
Yes, you can mix different RAM sticks brands so long as they are of the same type i.e DDR1, DDR2, DDR3, or DDR4.
What Else to Check If You are Planning on Buying a New RAM Stick
If you are planning on buying another RAM stick for your PC, it is important to check the following:
- RAM Type: The RAM must belong to the same DDR version. The DDR versions are NOT cross compatible.
- Frequency: Ideally, the frequency of the RAM sticks must be the same. You are allowed to add a lower or a higher frequency RAM stick compared to the already installed, but the two will operate at the frequency of the slower RAM stick.
- CAS Latency: ideally, this parameter must also match with the one already installed. Otherwise, the two RAM sticks will work at the slowest latency of the two.