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PC2700 vs. PC5300

by ryanseeley / January 1, 2007 12:56 PM PST

Can I use PC5300 DDR RAM instead of PC2700 on my Dell Inspirion 1200 Notebook. Everything I've read says that PC5300 is backwards compatible. However, Crucial.com, Dell's website, and Best Buy's website do not list PC5300 as being compatible with my machine.

The reason I'm asking is that, PC2700 memory, although slower, is considerably more expensive than PC5300 for a 1GB stick.

I know that given my chipset I couldn't get any faster than 333MHz without overclocking. But that is not my goal. I just want whichever is the cheaper of the two, so long as it will work.

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PC2700 is DDR and PC5300 is most likely DDR2
by VAPCMD / January 1, 2007 1:08 PM PST
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Thank You
by ryanseeley / January 1, 2007 1:47 PM PST

Awesome reply. You answered my question perfectly.

Best Regards.

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(NT) You're welcome...glad we could help.
by VAPCMD / January 2, 2007 1:02 AM PST
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Size may be an issue
by mraftice / February 20, 2009 1:22 AM PST

While DDR2 is technically backward compatible, when I tried to install some DDR2 into a machine with DDR RAM the slots did not match up and thus I was not able to install the RAM. I placed the cards on top of one another so that the pins matched and it may have been possible to trim the board in the slot area to make it fit, but I was unwilling to try this 'Experiment' as it was not my computer. This may be just the brand of RAM, I don't know?

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Not sure I follow...but DDR2 is NOT backward compatible
by VAPCMD / February 20, 2009 12:54 PM PST
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with DDR. Depending on the DIMMs and the MB, DDR400/PC3200 may be backward compatible with DDR333/PC2700, etc., and DDR2-800/PC6400 maybe backward compatible with DDR2-667/PC5300, etc.,.

Hope this helps.


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