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    GUYS I RECENTLY GOT A KILLER DEAL ON A PRECEISION DELL T5400 BUT IT ONLY CAME WITH 2GB OF RAM. I WENT AHEAD AND BOUGHT SOME EXTRA RAM BUT IT ENDS UP I GOT SERVER RAM, BY THE WAY IT MEETS ALL THE SPECS AS FAR AS DDR2 PC2 5300 ECC. I DID NOTICE WHEN I WAS TOO LATE THAT ITS THE SAME SPECS EXCEPT ONE IS DESCRIBED AS SERVER RAM AND ANOTHER WHICH IS HALF THE PRICE IS DESKTOP RAM. WHAT SHOULD I DO …EXCUSE THE CAPS I WAS WORKING IN CAD WHEN I TYPED THIS.

    ALSO HOW IMPORTANT ARE HEAT SINKS ON RAM?

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    I never mix ram. I always, if humanly possible, use the same brand, the same speed, the same make and model. With uber-fast hardware, I've seen too many instances where someone's render ends up not working.
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    Failing that, use a reputable company that lets you choose by your PC model. I've never gone wrong with crucial.com. This is because there are a lot of variables when choosing the stuff and it's pretty easy to get the wrong thing.

    As for "server ram"... there are a lot of things this could mean. It might be that your PC actually requires "server" ram in that it uses FBDIMMs if it's a Xeon system.

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    It's All The Same Specs Except For The Fact That Its Server Ram And The Brnad Is Kingston...the Originals Are Samsung

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    Dude, you've got some caps issues. Try this:

    -Use the shift key, not caps lock.
    -Use a capital letter to start the first word of a sentence and any proper nouns.
    -All caps is okay for acronyms, but not necessary for acronyms that have become words.

    So in you sentence, capitalize "It's", "Kingston" and "Samsung", and you can choose "RAM" or "ram".

    But to address the real point, you would need o be more specific about what is meant by server ram.

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    You are pretty clever my friend with those caps jokes

    Well I am trying to figure it out honestly the only difference is the price and the fact that on the description it says "Server ram" vs "Desktop Ram". I did a couple searches and some people claim its "better ram" I guess its more stable or better quality since it needs to run an entire server. The pins are all the same they are 240pin. Others like the guys at Tiger Direct say that differenciation does not exist. But i know it does because on newegg they are stating the diffence in the title as as far as the specs go they are unaffected except for the fact the same amount of ram will cost you twice as much if it says server ram. Visually all the server Ram appear to have heat sinks, where the regular desktop ram doesn't necessarily have heatsinks.


    MY BAD ABOUT THE CAPS GUYS!


    Quote Originally Posted by AJLynn View Post
    Dude, you've got some caps issues. Try this:

    -Use the shift key, not caps lock.
    -Use a capital letter to start the first word of a sentence and any proper nouns.
    -All caps is okay for acronyms, but not necessary for acronyms that have become words.

    So in you sentence, capitalize "It's", "Kingston" and "Samsung", and you can choose "RAM" or "ram".

    But to address the real point, you would need o be more specific about what is meant by server ram.

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    Why not post the make and model number of the two types of RAM you bought, stating which is the original. We may be able to help you then

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaneis View Post
    Why not post the make and model number of the two types of RAM you bought, stating which is the original. We may be able to help you then


    Ok this is what i bought for $180 (SERVER RAM)

    Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) ECC Fully Buffered Dual Channel Kit Server Memory Model KVR667D2D4F5K2/4G - Retail Item #: N82E16820134327 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134327


    This is the same Ram except it is (DESKTOP RAM) and half the price

    Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR667D2N5K2/4G - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134193


    Now the original Ram is what dell put in there

    Samsung 2GB, DDR2 SDRAM FBD Memory, 667MHz


    So far this is what i can conclude the original one appears to be fully buffered hence the description "FBD memory" the fist server type memory is also fully buffered but the one right after "the cheaper one appears to not be fully buffered."
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    I don't think I'd buy anything computerised from "Tiger Direct"...

    Kingston RAM (I believe) is the last RAM manufacturer in the USA, and I've heard good things about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rconce01 View Post
    Ok this is what i bought for $180 (SERVER RAM)

    Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 FB-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) ECC Fully Buffered Dual Channel Kit Server Memory Model KVR667D2D4F5K2/4G - Retail Item #: N82E16820134327 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134327


    This is the same Ram except it is (DESKTOP RAM) and half the price

    Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR667D2N5K2/4G - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134193


    Now the original Ram is what dell put in there

    Samsung 2GB, DDR2 SDRAM FBD Memory, 667MHz


    So far this is what i can conclude the original one appears to be fully buffered hence the description "FBD memory" the fist server type memory is also fully buffered but the one right after "the cheaper one appears to not be fully buffered."
    Thanks for that, if you want to match your RAM as closely as possible, you will need to use the more expensive option. Main difference being the ECC - Error Correction Code. As ECC RAM stores/checks/passes data it is a wee bit slower, but error free. Here's a link that will list Kingston RAM modules that are 100% guaranteed compatibility with your T5400. http://www.ramcity.com.au/system/42378.htm When replacing the modules, you'll see four "slots" to place the RAM, hopefully they're colour-coded for you. If so, place the Samsung RAM in the first colour, and the new RAM in the second colour. If they aren't coloured, imagine they are numbered left to right...1/2/3/4. Insert the RAM like this, Samsung modules in 1/3, new modules in 2/4. G'luck, S.

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