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Are these the same RAM?

I want to upgrade my ram, so i ran the thing at crucial, and i know that the ram at crucial IS the ram I need, but shipping is cheaper at walmart. AT crucial, it says PC2-5300, and at walmart is says PC5300, so i dont know if they are the same. I think im going to buy it at crucial, just to be safe, but i would like to get it with cheaper shipping, or best, in store.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    They look the same memory, it's a mistype.

    • Crucial 1GB, 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 memory module

    • Walmart Crucial 1GB DDR2 PC5300 240 Pin DIMM

    • Walmart ACP-EP MEMORY 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 667MHZ 240-PIN

    The key is the word DDR2 and there is no such thing as PC-5300 RAM. DDR RAM technology never got that fast, so it is more likely a mistype.

    SUMMARY: When it says DDR2 then it should also say PC2-5300


    • PC-5300 would denote that it is DDR RAM (but PC-5300 does not exist), while PC2-5300 would denote DDR2 RAM.

    • DDR2 is a newer version of DDR and the latest generation is DDR3.

    • When upgrading the memory, it is essential that you purchase the right type of memory module, because DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 memory are Iincompatible with each other. You cannot use a DDR2 module in a DDR slot because a DDR2 will not fit into a standard DDR socket or into a DDR3 socket. However, some motherboards can have slots for both DDR/DDR2 or DDR2/DDR3 modules. No motherboards support all three types.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There's no such thing as PC-5300 RAM, so the Wal*Mart guys were most likely just too lazy to do their research.

    They're the exact same thing.

    Source(s): Great IT resource.
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