Quick RAM Question

  Mastermind 23:43 31 May 03

Can anyone explain simply what the difference is between these?

DDR PC3200, CL=3, Unbuffered, Non-parity, 5ns, 2.5V, 64Meg x 64

DDR PC3200, CL=3, Unbuffered, ECC, 5ns, 2.5V, 64Meg x 72

  The Sack 23:53 31 May 03

EEC RAM is for use in multi CPU mobos, non-parity if for everyday use and most mobos where the error checking isnt so crucial.

  Mastermind 00:14 01 Jun 03

So I wouldn't need ECC if I were planning to build a new PC with a Pentium 4 with Hyper-Threading?

(So does that mean the 64Meg x 72 specification is larger to cope with the additional error checking?)

  DieSse 00:32 01 Jun 03

Yes, the extra 8 bits are for the error checking.

No you don't NEED it, and it is more expensive, but it is also more reliable - that's why it's used in "mission- critical" systems. The ECC can actually correct certain memory errors, whereas non-parity doesn't even do error checking!

  The Sack 02:04 01 Jun 03

but the fact remains that your motherboard has to be capable using it which most mobos are not.

If you get errors through your RAM you are pushing it too hard anyway.

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