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question about what CL 3 means in kingston RAM

By quantum_dragon
Jul 2, 2003
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  1. Kingston 512 Megabyte DDR 400 Mhz PC 3200 CL 3

    What exactly does CL 3 mean? I see other RAM by the company listed at CL 2.5, etc. Nevertheless, the Intel 875PBLZK I plan on building utilizes 400 Mhz PC 3200 memory so I guess it should be fine regardless of what CL 3 is or does.

    Lastly, does ECC memory really make a big differance? I thought I read somewhere that the Northwood already has error correction, so it seems pointless, I guess.

    Thanks for the info.
  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Take a look at this article ...

    How to Speed up Your RAM

    CL3 Memory is slow.
    ECC Memory is used mainly for Servers that are running 24/7.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 6,504   +6

    Your motherboard may not be able to take ECC ram. You are most likely looking for unbuffered, non-parity RAM.

    Make sure that you know what you are supposed to be getting before you get it.

    Also, try for CL2.5 or CL2 RAM. CL3 is slower.
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