ECC vs. non-ECC memory

BobA

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Yes, I read the memory FAQ. Very Good!

However, what I would like to know-- can ECC memory be used in place of non-ECC memory? Or does ECC require specific support for it by the motherboard or what ever? I have a Chaintech VFN4 mb with 2x512 Kingston value RAM. If I go to 2x1024 I'd like to know if I can go the ECC route. But then the question arises: is ECC memory worth it?

Overclocking is not in my plans.

-Bob
 

holy_cow

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in an older PC I used a couple of 512MB ECC ram (SDRAM lol)
in a normal mobo (no ecc) and they worked fine...

dont know about new mobos however...
maybe it depends on each mobo...
 

chuckshissle

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ECC is mainly used for servers and other mission critical applications that requires extra security and stability. Non-ECC are for regular use like for gaming and home pc. ECC rams are a bit slower since it works with extra steps thats prevents errors and are a bit expensive in most cases. You can use both in a Non-ECC motherboard, but you have to use an ECC supported motherboard to use the ECC feature of the ECC rams.
 

AdamBomb42

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ECC requires support from the motherboard. If your looking into building a gaming rig, don't buy ECC ram. It generally had higher latencies than non-ecc. ECC (error-correction code) was developed for servers and workstations and have no benefit in desktop PCs.
 

BobA

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Ah. So ECC does require motherboard support to have ECC actually work.

Well, that ends that idea.

Thanks, folks.

-Bob
 

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