Laptop ram ddr2 vs ddr3

By Xclusiveitalian ยท 6 replies
Jan 10, 2014
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  1. I have a HP dv7-1285dx(Windows 7 64bit) laptop that has 6 gb ddr2 ram in it installed factory. I was considering getting maybe ddr3 (2)4GBs sticks to put in. I mostly use my laptop for video watching(twice, youtube) and ofcourse games.

    Is it worth the upgrade?

    Why all of a sudden does ram seem to be so expensive?

    Any help/advice is appreciated.
  2. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +242

    If you want upgrade your memory. You will have to stay with DDR2.. Your laptop will not support DDR3.
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  3. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 714   +75

    Damn really, that's disappointing. Would there be a benefit to going with 8 GB ddr2? Currently, I have a 4gb and 2gb ddr2 sticks in there.
  4. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +242

    Yes, Not a extreme amount. But you would notice . Make sure if you do. To stay with the same type memory. Hp computers can sometimes be fussy,. You may want to go to and run a scan on your laptop. To make sure it will support 8 gigs. Plus to know the exact memory. You will need.
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  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    This laptop will support 8GB of DDR2 memory. Make sure you get the same speed as the original modules though, and install 2-4GB modules, not 1-8GB module
  6. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    I personally wouldn't waste the money. 6GB is plenty if you're still using a laptop with DDR2 RAM slots.
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    6GB by 1-4GB module and a 2GB module. It may benefit from replacing the 2GB module with a 4GB module to enable dual channel mode

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