With the windows
The easiest way is to use Windows 10 oh Windows 11 (if we have installed this version of the operating system of course), but at the same time it is the most basic and the one that provides the least information. For that it is as simple as press the right button of our mouse in the taskbar to display the following menu:
This can also be achieved by pressing the Control + Alt + Del keys and clicking on the task manager, in case it is easier for us. Thus, you can know the empty RAM slots of your PC or laptop. Task Manager and it will open. At that time, we will have to go to the performance tab and once inside we click on the memory partas shown in the following image.
In this section, in bottom right Windows 10 will tell us how many slots we have used. In our case, we have both slots of our Intel NUC occupied, but our OS is also telling us the reservation we have for integrated graphics and their speed.
If we need more specific information for a replacement of our memories or an extension, we will need to know the exact modulesboth their serial numbers than their latencies.
See empty R AM slots with CPU-Z
In this regard, we can use more specialized programs without having to resort to opening our laptop or computer. To do this, we recommend that you follow the steps in our CPU-Z tutorialwhere we’ll find everything you need to download and get started.
Assuming that we have already downloaded it from its website and have it operational by having followed said tutorial, we will go directly to the SPD tabwhere this small but powerful program provides us with all possible data, in our case it marks the following:
Correctly our CPU-Z indicates that our modules are branded PRIVATEwhere its velocity is 800 MHz at 1.35 V nails on latencies 9-9-9-24-39. We can switch between banks if we set the top tab, so we will see what type of module each specific slot has.
It is the specific section of memory where each slot will mark the model, type, serial number or latency, but the way to know if we really have free slots is precisely to change the slot in the drop-down menu of this section.
If the program can read the SPD of the RAM it will mark the data, if it is empty these will be blank, so it is a very interesting way to see the empty slots of the RAM memory and, above all, to know which ones have a specific module installed. . In the Memory section of the same program we can see if we have a configuration Dual channel or quadruple channeldepending on our platform, because it’s one thing to have two or four modules and quite another to have them well placed to enable those key technologies.
Another equally valid and at the same time more powerful method is to use the software AIDA 64. A program much more complete than CPU-Z and which has a Trial version to use without charge of any kind. We recommend the Extreme version because it is more focused on our sector and has specific options, although for this task that concerns us to check the number of empty RAM slots in our PC, it is not influential as such.
The only problem is that it usually hides the information we are looking for unless we do we check in with valid key or keyquite simple thing on the other hand, we already understand each other, even if it is always good to support all the developers buy his work.
Assuming that we have already registered our software, access to the summary menu We will have the same information that CPU-Z gave us but we will have many more options, tests, benchmarks and general information about our team.
For those of us who are concerned, we’ll see something similar to this:
Where we will also see details such as the type of memory (DDR3L in SO-DIMM format) which cannot be appreciated with CPU-Z. More information can be found here, for example, under the Motherboard section, which can be found under the hardware section. Here we have the most reliable information for what we are looking for, as it will indicate the type of bus, the width of the bus and, above all, the RAM slots that the motherboard supports.
In our case, and after seeing the previous step, we already know that it has two modules installed, where it will also now tell us that there are two RAM slots occupied and therefore none are available. In other cases and being the standard on PC, it will mark 4 DDRx DIMMs or 8 DDRx DIMMs, depending on the platform and the motherboard, so we will know all that is necessary to be able to discern how many modules we need based on those empty RAM slots.
Physically check your PC or laptop
It is the simplest or the most complicated method, depending on the type of computer we are talking about and especially the type of information we are looking for. As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, if you want to know how many mods you have installed or how many you can install on your PC and it has a tower with a window, look it up and check it out glance in a second.
This on laptops involves disassembling a upper or lower frame of it to be able to access the RAM. In this case, we will not only see the modules and get to know them thoroughly, but we will also see the empty RAM slots that our laptop has, which as a rule will not be, except in very good models designed or high-end. .
It’s not the easiest thing to do and in case of dismantling the entire bottom case may mean loss of warranty according to the manufacturer, but you will not find anything more reliable than this at the same time.