Memory Modules

From Noah.org
Revision as of 18:20, 24 September 2008 by Root (Talk | contribs) (Form Factors (shape))

(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search


This is a brief overview of common RAM memory modules.

Form Factors (shape)

DIMM

long strips. Common in larger desktop and servers.

SO-DIMM

short strips. Common in most laptops and tiny desktops (Mac Mini).

Types (standard names and specification)

DDR (or DDR1)

Module names: PC2100, PC2700, PC3200
(You can use a higher number than called for, but not a smaller one.)
184 pin DIMM or 200 pin SO-DIMM

DDR2 -- For module names, interchangeable names are in parentheses. You can use a higher number than called for, but not a lower one.

Module names: PC2-3200, PC2-4200 (PC-4300), PC2-5300 (PC-5400), PC2-6400, PC2-8500 (PC-8600)
240 pin DIMM or 200 pin SO-DIMM

DDR3 -- For module names, interchangeable names are in parentheses. You can use a higher number than called for, but not a lower one.

Module names: PC3-6400, PC3-8500, PC3-10600 (PC3-10666), PC3-12800, PC3-14900
240 pin DIMM or 204-pin SO-DIMM

Notes

Beware, DRR and DDR2 chips in SO-DIMM form factor can be hard to tell apart. They both have 200 pins and one notch. The notch in both forms is in a very similar spot. A DDR SO-DIMM almost seems to fit a DDR2 SO-DIMM socket.

DDR2 doubles bus speed, but also double latency. This can make naive comparisons to DDR speed difficult. DDR3 does not have this latency problem.