Solved what can different types of RAM work with?

October 16, 2012 at 03:08:53
Specs: xbox 360
i know how to install new RAM but can you just stick any old RAM into your PC and it will work? like can you put high performance RAM into a rubbish computer and it will work? vice versa

See More: what can different types of RAM work with?

Report •

Report •

October 16, 2012 at 04:48:13
No, you cannot stick any type of RAM into it. Some motherboards will tolerate faster RAM (although it will only work at the speed your motherboard was designed for) whilst some motherboards won't tolerate faster RAM at all.

So it's best to stick with the speed of RAM your motherboard was designed for. Visit the website and run the system scanner they have there. It will tell you what type and speed of RAM is compatible with your motherboard:

Report •

October 16, 2012 at 05:03:45
✔ Best Answer
"can you just stick any old RAM into your PC and it will work?"

NO. There are several variables related to the motherboard that dictate which RAM you can use, for example: if your board requires DDR3 RAM & you have DDR2, you can't use it. If you have the correct RAM type & your board only accepts up to 1GB per slot but you have a 2GB stick, you can't use it. And assuming you have the correct RAM for the board, the proper RAM speed depends on the CPU. For example, if the optimal RAM speed for your CPU is DDR2-800 but you only have DDR2-533, it should work, but the system performance will be slightly slower than if you had used DDR2-800.

Beware gaming RAM or performance RAM, many times it is just factory overclocked slower RAM. The tell-tale sign is the voltage. DDR RAM is suposed to run at 2.5v, DDR2 at 1.8v, DDR3 RAM at 1.5v. If the RAM specs the voltage higher than that, it should be avoided. For example, this DDR2-800 voltage is spec'd out at 1.8V:

But this DDR2-800 volatge is spec'd out at 2.0v. Notice the timings are exactly the same:

You don't gain anything by getting the 2.0v RAM, in fact, it may cause problems, especially in an OEM system (Acer, Dell, Gateway, HP, etc) that doesn't allow manual adjustment of the RAM settings.

Report •

Related Solutions

October 16, 2012 at 05:10:45
Nowadays boards don't play bigger part when it comes to memory because memory controller is intergrated inside a CPU.
U can't use DDR ram in DDR2 slot. This is why
-SDR(168 pin) use 3.3v and have two notches.
-DDR(184 pin) use 2.5v and have one notch.
-DDR2(240 pin) use 1.8v and have one notch.
-DDR3(240 pin) use 1.5v and have one notch.

Forgot to add that SODIMM have different pin count.

Report •

Ask Question