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Windows 7: How can I tell if my RAM is single or double sided?

13 Jun 2010   #1
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 
How can I tell if my RAM is single or double sided?

As the question really. I need to know how to find out whether my RAM is single or double sided because the mobo I have been looking at will have problems if double sided is used.

This is the RAM I currently have:

TECHGUYS PC2-6400 DDR2-800 DIMM RAM Memory Module - 2GB at cheap prices | PC World

and I want to buy this MOBO:

GA-EG41MF-US2H (rev. 1.3) - GIGABYTE


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13 Jun 2010   #2
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

the easiest way to tell is simply to pop the hood on your PC and look

If each DIMM has memory chips on only one side of the DIMM's printed circuit
card then it's single sided. If it has memory chips on both sides of the
DIMM's printed circuit card then it's double sided.
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13 Jun 2010   #3
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
the easiest way to tell is simply to pop the hood on your PC and look

If each DIMM has memory chips on only one side of the DIMM's printed circuit
card then it's single sided. If it has memory chips on both sides of the
DIMM's printed circuit card then it's double sided.

I have been told that is not true with new RAM only old RAM, how sure are you?
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13 Jun 2010   #4
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I'm failry confident.... but by all means wait and see what others say
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13 Jun 2010   #5
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
I'm failry confident.... but by all means wait and see what others say

Cheers will do
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13 Jun 2010   #6
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

also check if it uses high or low density ram , i had a DFI Lanparty that would only accept low density
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13 Jun 2010   #7
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pebbly View Post
also check if it uses high or low density ram , i had a DFI Lanparty that would only accept low density

If you look at the specs of the mobo that I have posted it doesn't mention anything regarding HD or LD RAM.

But can you fill me in on the single or dual ram debate?
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13 Jun 2010   #8
fishnbanjo

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Back in the old days one could almost identify single sided from double sided RAM by the chips being on one side, or both, but not always as there were single sided RAM modules that used both sides.

Today's RAM modules use denser chip technology so what may have taken 16 chips just 2 generations ago can now be made using 8 chips so if 16 chips are on one side it can be seen by a mobo as double sided. Add to this single channel and dual channel memory it can get downright confusing. to make matters worse the manufacturers p/n does not always tell you the answer either.

If you need RAM you have to know what your mobo model, manufacturer, p/n and version number is and the vendor should be able to give you what memory will work with it.
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13 Jun 2010   #9
BomberAF

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fishnbanjo View Post
Back in the old days one could almost identify single sided from double sided RAM by the chips being on one side, or both, but not always as there were single sided RAM modules that used both sides.

Today's RAM modules use denser chip technology so what may have taken 16 chips just 2 generations ago can now be made using 8 chips so if 16 chips are on one side it can be seen by a mobo as double sided. Add to this single channel and dual channel memory it can get downright confusing. to make matters worse the manufacturers p/n does not always tell you the answer either.

If you need RAM you have to know what your mobo model, manufacturer, p/n and version number is and the vendor should be able to give you what memory will work with it.

If you read my thread completly then you will see I am not after RAM I need to know what type of RAM I have for a MOBO I AM BUYING!
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13 Jun 2010   #10
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Go to www.crucial.com and enter your mobo details under "Crucial memory advisor tool".
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