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What does ECC mean?


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jman4001

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Can someone explain exactly what ECC is and whether or not its a major factor when buying more ram?
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Error Correction Control is what it stands for. The only machines that use this are high-end servers, so you don't need it for a home PC. In fact, it won't work in your PC.
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hmmmm that about answers my question. thank you
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Error Correction Control is what it stands for.  The only machines that use this are high-end servers, so you don't need it for a home PC.  In fact, it won't work in your PC.

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This dude is so SMART!!! :tazz:
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If you check on google, you can get the exact definition.

But basically, ECC means error checking and it refers to the ram being able to check itself. There is normally an additional chip on ECC ram and it's more expensive than Non-ECC.

Will it make a difference in operation of a home computer... no.

There are other considerations when choosing ram for your machine. The most important is... What kind of ram does your motherboard support. Buffered or UnBuffered? DDR, DDRII? Dual channel operation?

Your best bet is to read your motherboard manual. Or if you purchased your computer from an OEM manufacture like Dell, Hp, etc, then call them to find out about ram requirements. However, do not buy ram from them as you'll be paying twice as much!!

Consider Corsair or Kingston ram. There are many other manufactures, but those two are what many people go with.

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If you check on google, you can get the exact definition.

But basically, ECC means error checking and it refers to the ram being able to check itself.  There is normally an additional chip on ECC ram and it's more expensive than Non-ECC.

Will it make a difference in operation of a home computer... no.

There are other considerations when choosing ram for your machine.  The most important is... What kind of ram does your motherboard support.  Buffered or UnBuffered?  DDR, DDRII?  Dual channel operation?

Your best bet is to read your motherboard manual.  Or if you purchased your computer from an OEM manufacture like Dell, Hp, etc, then call them to find out about ram requirements.  However, do not buy ram from them as you'll be paying twice as much!!

Consider Corsair or Kingston ram.  There are many other manufactures, but those two are what many people go with.

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Kingston Hyper X rocks!!! :tazz:
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