Memory - RAM

RAM (Random Access Memory) is where data the CPU is working with is temporarily stored. More RAM is generally better, although there are diminishing returns and 32-bit versions of Windows only support a maximum of 4GB. Speed, measured in MHz, is another consideration, but most importantly memory needs to be compatible with your motherboard: it'll either be DDR, DDR2, DDR3 or DDR4. Smaller SODIMM modules for laptops and mini PCs and ECC memory for servers are all available in this category.

DDR2 Single/Dual Channel 533MHz+ RAM Memory Kits

Like DDR, DDR2 is a type of SDRAM in which data is sent on both the rising and falling edges of clock cycles in a data burst. DDR2 is the next evolutionary step in the DDR infrastructure and has additional features built into it to allow for increased system performance. This memory is designed for users which require faster memory however with still a budget in mind therefore is the mainstream choice for mid range systems.

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DDR3 Quad Channel 1800MHz+ RAM Memory Kits

DDR3 Quad Channel Memory is a set of four matched memory modules, specifically for Intel X79 Chipset Motherboards which feature four or eight memory slots. Quad channel memory will have a higher bandwidth than a triple (3 memory module) channel memory system. These Memory modules come with a clock speed of 1800Mhz or more (check product specifications), and are available in packs of four modules. Always fit Quad channel memory modules as a complete set to your motherboard.
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DDR3 Single/Dual Channel 1800MHz+ RAM Memory Kits

DDR3 memory is the most common memory. Excluding Intel X99, all current generation Intel and AMD desktop chipsets (and many previous generations too) use it. These high-end kits range from 4GB to 16GB with speeds from 1,866MHz to 3,000MHz – you may need to enabled the memory's XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) in your motherboard's BIOS to run it at full speed. Each kit has two identical sticks – they're designed for motherboards with just two slots or with four slots that need to be filled in pairs.

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Server DDR 400MHz RAM Memory Kits

Server Memory is specifically designed for rock-solid stability in demanding server applications. Data lines are carefully engineered for noise immunity; clock lines are optimized for minimum skew.

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Server DDR2 400MHz+ RAM Memory Kits

Server Memory is specifically designed for rock-solid stability in demanding server applications. Data lines are carefully engineered for noise immunity; clock lines are optimized for minimum skew.

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Server DDR3 1066MHz RAM Memory Kits

Server Memory is specifically designed for rock-solid stability in demanding server applications. Data lines are carefully engineered for noise immunity; clock lines are optimized for minimum skew.

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Server DDR3 1600MHz RAM Memory Kits

Available as regular DIMMs or SO-DIMMs for micro-servers, these DDR3 modules are designed for servers and are engineered and clocked to provide rock solid stability 24/7. ECC (error correcting code) modules are immune to errors, while registered/buffered sticks reduce memory controller load and ensure additional stability when using many modules together. Motherboards need to support ECC and registered memory for these features to work.

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