Re: DDR II Memory compatibility
- From: Paul <nospam@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 06 Dec 2007 18:54:15 -0500
On Dec 5, 11:24 pm, Paul <nos...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:mrique wrote:Hi thereFaster memory is compatible with slower applications. If the
I have a laptop with memory specs : DDR II PC3200 400 Mhz
Can I put other DDR II type with upper frequency (eg PC 53000 or
other) ? will it work ?
laptop uses DDR2-400, you could use DDR2-533 or DDR2-667 in
You can confirm the options for your laptop, by visiting
crucial.com or kingston.com and searching for your laptop
there. They will normally show a whole range of memory
modules that would work, with some of them being much
faster than they need to be. Because the speed is backward
compatible, the faster ones can be used in place of a slower
To get the "PC2" number, you multiply the DDR2 number by 8.
So DDR2-667 becomes PC2-5300. The marketing people like numbers
with zeros on the end, as they're easier to remember.
What if I have the motherboard that takes DDR400 PC3200 only can I put
533 Mhz memory in it?
You are mixing technology types. You can't do that.
Be careful with the nomenclature. PC3200 and DDR400 are terminologies
for DDR memory. On the desktop, that is a DIMM with 184 pins, and a 2.5V
PC2-3200 and DDR2-400, would be terminologies for DDR2 memory. On the
desktop, that is a DIMM with 240 pins, and a 1.8V power supply.
To be interchangeable, the memory would have to be in the same
family. A DDR2-533 DIMM could be used in a DDR2-400 application,
as the faster stick is compatible with the slower application.
For DDR memory, there were a few enthusiast memories that went above
DDR400. The record, is somewhere around DDR600. You could take a
DDR600 memory and use it in a DDR400 application. But that would be
a terrible waste, since the purchase price for the memory in question
might have been quite high. There are probably some DDR500 memories
or thereabouts, that could also be used in a DDR400 (184 pin) application.
What you cannot do, is jam a DDR2 stick in a DDR slot. Or vice versa.
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