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Old 11-14-2010, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default RAM Compatibility / Efficiency

I have had this computer for almost 4 years now.

As of now I have 4 GB of RAM (CORSAIR XMS2 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 PC2 6400 [1 GB x 4])

My motherboard is ASUS M2N SLI AM2 NFORCE 560



I would like to replace my RAM with DDR3 RAM because I heard it is more efficient and faster.

I am aware that I will have to replace all 4 and that I cannot mix and match.




Basically my question is, can I upgrade the RAM as long as it is 240 pins, or are there any other limitations or compatibility issues with my system or motherboard?
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: RAM Compatibility / Efficiency

your motherboard can only support ddr2
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:41 PM   #3
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your motherboard can only support ddr2
Well that makes me sad

I don't want to buy a completely new motherboard, is there another way around it or am I just stuck between a rock and a hard place?
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Default Re: RAM Compatibility / Efficiency

DDR2 and DDR3 (Double Data Rate) run at different frequencies, speeds and channels

DDR SDRAM = x8 speed

DDR2 SDRAM = x16 speed

DDR3 SDRAM = x32 speed

(speed compared to non-DDR SDRAM)


basically, theres no way to put DDR3 in a DDR2 compliant mobo. Unless you upgrade the mobo you're limited to DDR/DDR2
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