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07-16-2001, 12:10 AM
i had a few quick questions about ram. i am going to purchase some pc133 ram, what things should i consider. what i understand so far is that; cl2 is faster than cl3 and generic ram is ok as long as i'm not overclocking. what else do i need to consider? for example i was looking at some websites and some memory is "registered" and some is "unbuffered". what does this mean? and what else should i look at when purchasing ram? thanks alot to anyone who can help me out.
07-16-2001, 12:55 AM
From what I gather registered and ECC RAM should be used only for servers because it's some kind of error protection or something like that. It actually kinda slows you system down a bit. Just get the non-ECC unbuffered kind and you'll be fine with that.
About the Generic RAM thing, I got some generic stuff a couple years ago and I was not overclocking....my system was flaky as nothing else.....then I got some name brand stuff and my problems cleared away. So, generic RAM is pick and choose. I would still get Crucial RAM even though you aren't overclocking.
Yes - definitely go with brand name memory - not "generic". For a home computer, forget ECC and get CAS2 if you can. CAS3 is fine for a non-overclocked box, usually.
07-16-2001, 01:01 AM
I'm using "generic ram" (accessmicro's zeus-tech ram) and although it works fin underclocked, I can't move it to a system that may have to overclock it. For the few extra bucks, get some quality ram.
Also, GraingerGuy is right about ECC ram-a little slower and not neccessary (like SMART protection on harddrives).
GraingerGuy: Do you work at Grainger? I love that store. :thumbup:
07-16-2001, 01:46 AM
How can you not go with Micron RAM when it's so cheap
07-16-2001, 04:39 AM
Bires - Nope...sure don't. I didn't even know that Grainger was a brand of something until a year ago. :)
Grainger is the name of the dorm that I live in at the college that I go to.
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