What's the difference between DDR PC2700 CL=2

September 20, 2011 at 09:06:42
Specs: Windows XP, 1.0
I currently have a several year-old HP pavillion a362n with 1 GIG of RAM. I want to upgrade my RAM and I've narrowed it down to a choice between 2 sticks of 2 GIG RAM of DDR PC2700
CL 2.5 or DDR 3200 CL 3.0. What is the difference? Is either of the choices faster, dependable, etc.

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#1
September 20, 2011 at 10:38:24
PC3200 is faster than PC2700 but only if your PC is designed for the faster speed.
If it isn't, and you fit PC3200 modules, they will only operate at the speed your PC supports.

Some older PCs won't even boot with faster RAM than the PC is designed for, so you need to check that out before buying any. No good buying faster RAM if your PC doesn't support that speed. It's not as simple as that.

To find out what speed of RAM your PC is compatible with, visit the Crucial website and use their system scanner tool "Scan My Computer":
http://www.crucial.com


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#2
September 20, 2011 at 11:23:28
Your board only supports up to 1GB per slot, so the RAM you selected isn't going to work. You need to get 4 x 1GB, not 2 x 2GB. How much RAM do you currently have? Assuming you're going to buy new RAM, you need to ask yourself if it's worth investing $75-100 in such an outdated system?

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/comp...


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