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I have a question about server ram, what is the primary difference between server ram and desktop ram? I'm guessing it's the fact that it's SDRAM instead of DRAM, which makes it of better quality. Is this correct?

Also I'm asking for a "dreamPC" project for school, could I use some server ram in a desktop motherboard like an asus rampage 3 black edition lga 1366 motherboard?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. It's a dreamPC so cost isn't really any kind of issue, I just want to know what would be the best ram I could buy for a desktop computer?

Thanks.
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Server ram is buffered.
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Typically "server ram" has ECC.
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server ram has ECC which corrects errors when memory is being read, or something like that
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I have a question about server ram, what is the primary difference between server ram and desktop ram? I'm guessing it's the fact that it's SDRAM instead of DRAM, which makes it of better quality. Is this correct?

Also I'm asking for a "dreamPC" project for school, could I use some server ram in a desktop motherboard like an asus rampage 3 black edition lga 1366 motherboard?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. It's a dreamPC so cost isn't really any kind of issue, I just want to know what would be the best ram I could buy for a desktop computer?

Thanks.
Desktop DRAM is SDRAM now.

Server memory have error-correcting code (ECC) which helps to ensure bits are actually correct and protect from bit-flips.
Server memory also have buffers which allow more modules to be installed due to signal distortion/power loss.

No, you do not want to use server RAM in a desktop... it costs more, is slower, and may not work.
Edited by DuckieHo - 10/10/11 at 12:50pm
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mm, server ram is ECC, which means it has a physical chip on it which checks parity and corrects it.

In machines with 32gb+ of RAM parity errors can occur more frequently than you think. If it happens with normal ram, the OS will panic/BSOD.
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