RAM Upgrade....

  ptrafc 16:27 30 May 2005

I've been looking around for a RAM upgrade which will work with my motherboard:

184-pin DIMM Banking
3 (3 banks of 1)

nVidia nForce2 SPP

DDR SDRAM Frequencies
PC1600, PC2100, PC2700, and PC3200

Error Detection Support
Non-ECC only

Graphics Support

Max Unbuffered DDR SDRAM

Module Types Supported
Unbuffered only

Supported DRAM Types

USB Support
2.x Compliant.

However, using the RAM advisor tool at crucial.com, I also get results that say I can use the following RAM sticks:

DDR PC4000 • 3-4-4-8 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR500 • 2.8V • 128Meg x 64

Is this a mistake? Or is it fine to use one of these?

Also, what's the voltage part mean? Mine is meant to take 2.5v, but I've noticed others that are 2.6v etc, so I'm not sure if this can be used.

Thanks for any replies.

  Slithe 16:51 30 May 2005

Firstly - the voltage indicates how much charge a particular memory module can take comfortably. Most components in a PC can take +/- .1V tolerances, however, with three slots on your motherboard, I would keep within the tolerance set by the manufacturer 2.5V or less. It may not seem a lot .1V extra - however, if you repeat that across three RAM slots that .3V can make a difference dependening what other components are on your board. Exceeding tolerances can burn out components or be a potential hazard - I stick within the guidelines, this saves me money and doesn't invalidate warranties.

Secondly, my PC uses DDR DIMM SRAM 184 Pin PC2700/3200 @ 400 MHZ, very similar to yours. Determine how much memory you want and how much you want to spend - dabs sells 512MB RAM to your PC's specifications quite cheaply, about £37.00 plus delivery if I remember.

If you want to use new RAM with existing RAM, make sure that the speeds i.e. PC2700/3200 match. It's not imperative but if your buy PC2300 and have a 2700 stick, then the new memory will run at the 2700 speed.

Lastly, I always use the specifications set by the manufacturer of my PC's. Although the crucial.com states one list - such sites do not give definate answers, they are calculations based on what information you enter. The manufacturers do extensive testing to give you the specifications. Personally, and others may disagree, I'd keep with these.

This way your PC warranties stay valid and you still get the benefit of an upgrade. A friend of mine only recently blew his board because he didn't fit extra components to specifications.

Hope this helps!

  ade.h 16:53 30 May 2005

I can't answer the voltage question, but anything that is suggested by Crucial is 100% guaranteed to work. Basically, if the RAM is too fast, it will just clock a bit slower. Golden rule; the slowest part of the databus (CPU bus, RAM, etc.) is what dictates the core speed. Like wise if the RAM is slower, it will just require a slower CPU bus speed, provided that the motherboard chipset supports it, which most would. Go ahead and buy whatever Crucial suggests, as the extra speed might be useful when you next upgrade other parts.

  ade.h 16:54 30 May 2005

As the details in your post suggest, stick with unbuffered non-ECC.

  ade.h 16:56 30 May 2005

Apologies for any repeated information between Slithe's post and mine; he's a quicker typist!

  ptrafc 18:40 30 May 2005

the replies have been great help :)

  Joe R 19:06 30 May 2005


please check that you have the latest bios available for this mobo.

The fastest memory for this mobo should be ( in my opinion ) pc3200, as the fsb does not exceed 2 x 200.

  Totally-braindead 22:05 30 May 2005

Go to Crucial click here

  ptrafc 17:16 02 Jun 2005

Well I finally opted for one of their 1gb sticks after several emails to them.
They said the PC4000 stuff was fine since it will default down to PC3200 itself.
They also said the voltage didn't matter:
"The voltage on the memory module will not be noticed by you or your system. The voltage does not matter on the lower latency memory modules."

Just one last question guys, can I simply add this stick to my 3rd slot, leaving the original two 256mb sticks in there, or am I better off removing them?


  dan11 17:24 02 Jun 2005

Put the 1 gig stick in the first slot and the one you have taken out, put this in the third slot. Boot up and check the ram totals.

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