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Windows 7: If my RAM is DDR3 can I ONLY upgrade to DDR3?

31 Jan 2013   #1
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 
If my RAM is DDR3 can I ONLY upgrade to DDR3?

I think the answer to that is yes....right? In fact it is DDR3 Unbuffered ECC Memory - so that is the exact type that I must upgrade right? Thanks


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31 Jan 2013   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Correct, only DDR3 RAM can be used, any other type won't fit the slots anyway. If you have ECC ram now, you may be able to use non-ECC.
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31 Jan 2013   #3
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

A motherboard will only support one type of RAM, and for the newer ones this is DDR3.
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31 Jan 2013   #4
ibshaw

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Generally speaking, memory types are mechanically keyed so that, in theory, you cannot use the wrong ones - but don't take that as gospel.... always check exactly what type you need to upgrade.
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31 Jan 2013   #5
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibshaw View Post
Generally speaking, memory types are mechanically keyed so that, in theory, you cannot use the wrong ones - but don't take that as gospel.... always check exactly what type you need to upgrade.
You mean the little groove at the base of the slot, i.e. the thin slot - some of the RAM types are one third from the left, others are half way etc.
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31 Jan 2013   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

DDR DDR2 DDR3 the slots are all different. Get the fastest memory your board supports.
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31 Jan 2013   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Correct, only DDR3 RAM can be used, any other type won't fit the slots anyway. If you have ECC ram now, you may be able to use non-ECC.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
A motherboard will only support one type of RAM, and for the newer ones this is DDR3.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibshaw View Post
Generally speaking, memory types are mechanically keyed so that, in theory, you cannot use the wrong ones - but don't take that as gospel.... always check exactly what type you need to upgrade.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lister View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ibshaw View Post
Generally speaking, memory types are mechanically keyed so that, in theory, you cannot use the wrong ones - but don't take that as gospel.... always check exactly what type you need to upgrade.
You mean the little groove at the base of the slot, i.e. the thin slot - some of the RAM types are one third from the left, others are half way etc.
That's what we all are saying.
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31 Jan 2013   #8
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

Got it. Just want to be sure. Im watching the RAM on ebay that ends in a few hours so just wanted to be sure. Thanks
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31 Jan 2013   #9
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

OK< get that instant bid ready.
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31 Jan 2013   #10
lister

Windows 7 Panasonic CF F9 (used to have CF F8)
 
 

Yeah, it keeps going up. Im doing the sniper strategy at the end. Whats interesting is how much this is going up. Looks like 4 x 2G RAM Slots are going to be sold for $45 - seems high or is that cheap? This RAM I am buying could easily be like 4/ 5 years old....?
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