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What kind of Memory is this?

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I'm not really sure if this thread belongs here either, if it isn't, then I'd appreciate knowing where it would belong

My dad gave me this memory by dell, and he said he couldn't use it for what ever reason, and he said that it is meant for servers

Its a Dell SNPM788DCK2/16G
It looks like this one, except its black instead of grey

He said its a special server memory, and I checked the price of it, and they range from 500-900$
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It doesnt have any labels saying if its ddr2 or ddr3
But I am sure it is not ddr2 because the pins dont line up with each other.

I'm wondering why these cost so much, or what their function is.

Thank you!
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Well, no matter if it's DDR or DDR2, what it is is ECC RAM. ECC RAM is always more expensive and for good reason: It is ECC - 'Error Checking & Correcting'.

This is needed in servers where if a bit flips, it can wreak havoc on the system, database, or what have you. ECC RAM identifies the errors at a hardware level and fixes them, before they ever get a chance to make it to the OS.

ECC RAM is always more expensive because of this. There are different types of ECC RAM - some specialized for certain systems and so on, so some are garnered more money than others.
    
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Ah, I see

So I guess in a nutshell, it's super high quality ram?

Thanks for your answer by the way!
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Originally Posted by Peopie View Post

Ah, I see
So I guess in a nutshell, it's super high quality ram?
Thanks for your answer by the way!

it would be quality RAM, but it is highly unlikely you would be able to use it unless your mobo supports ECC ram.. becuase of the Error corecting code adds overhead so it wont perform as good as non-ecc ram but the data will be accurate smile.gif
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You're welcome!

Good addition on the actual short handed ECC too, stubass! tongue.gif
    
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