We already have written a tutorial article in which we have shown how to check the RAM Speed using software called Piriform Speccy. And, today in this tutorial will show you how to check ram frequency using cmd (command prompt) in your Windows 10, 8, 7 and XP PC. The CMD method is fast but if you want to know about your installed RAM memory stick in details and easy way, then you can see our article: How to check ram frequency and RAM type in Windows 10, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP.
In Windows, if you just want to check the RAM speed and RAM Type then you can use two methods one is via Windows Task Manager and the other one is the command prompt. We will discuss the command prompt one here.
How to check ram frequency using cmd via WMIC command
- Go to start menu and type CMD
- Run the CMD command prompt on your Windows system administrator.
- Type the command “wmic MEMORYCHIP get BankLabel, Capacity, DeviceLocator, MemoryType, TypeDetail, Speed” or simply copy paste it.
- If you just want to know the total amount of available RAm on your system, type: systeminfo | findstr /C:”Total Physical Memory”
- And to get information about the available amount of RAM out of the Total physical memory then type: systeminfo |find “Available Physical Memory”
Tutorial with screenshot
The steps we are using in this article are the same for Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows XP.
We can check the RAM frequency, type and total available memory using two commands in the Windows. One is wmic and other is systeminfo both are the basic Windows command and easy to use. We show you how to use both commands in the steps given below.
Step 1: From the start menu, type the CMD and select the Command prompt option.
Step 2: Once the command prompt of Windows opened, Type the following command and press Enter button:
wmic MEMORYCHIP get BankLabel, Capacity, DeviceLocator, MemoryType, TypeDetail, Speed
BankLabel: This will assign a physical label to your RAM like 0,1,2,3… depends upon the number of RAMs installed on your PC.
Capacity: This option will show the capacity of each RAM (in bytes) available on the Windows PC of yours.
DeviceLocator: This syntax of command will show in which slot or channel your RAM has been installed.
MemoryType: If you want to know about your DDR RAM type using the CMD (command prompt) in Windows then this Syntax will show. However, the DDR memory types output it provides are in numbers. Here are the MemoryType output value and its corresponding RAM type installed on your system.
- 0 = Unknown
- 1 = Other
- 2 = DRAM
- 3 = Synchronous DRAM
- 4 = Cache DRAM
- 5 = EDO
- 6 = EDRAM
- 7 = VRAM
- 8 = SRAM
- 9 = RAM
- 10 = ROM
- 11 = Flash
- 12 = EEPROM
- 13 = FEPROM
- 14 = EPROM
- 15 = CDRAM
- 16 = 3DRAM
- 17 = SDRAM
- 18 = SGRAM
- 19 = RDRAM
- 20 = DDR
- 21 = DDR2
- 22 = DDR2 FB-DIMM
- 24 = DDR3—May not be available; see note above.
- 25 = FBD2
Here, while performing this tutorial, I got value 24 for Memory Type that means my system RAM type is DDR3.
Speed: Here, you will get the speed or so-called frequency of the RAM of your system in MHz; for which you are reading this article.
TypeDetail – It will tell you type of the physical memory installed on your system. The different value output represents different Type; please follow the value and its corresponding Type details output given below:
- 1 = Reserved
- 2 = Other
- 4 = Unknown
- 8 = Fast-paged
- 16 = Static column
- 32 = Pseudo-static
- 64 = RAMBUS
- 128 = Synchronous
- 256 = CMOS
- 512 = EDO
- 1024 = Window DRAM
- 2048 = Cache DRAM
- 4096 = Non-volatile
Another Windows Command that will show complete details about your installed RAM is
wmic memorychip list full
The output of this a bit clutter and confusing but still you use it to get full detail about the RAM of your system.
Command to see the total amount of RAM and Available Physical memory on the Windows
As I told, you can use the sysyteminfo commands on CMD of Windows to know about the total physical memory, here they are:
systeminfo | findstr /C:”Total Physical Memory” systeminfo |find “Available Physical Memory”
First will show the total amount of RAM and second gives info about the available RAM to use out of the Total.
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