Non ECC and ECC?!?

By gamingguy27
Apr 12, 2005
  1. I am a bit of a unexperienced pc person, i have built a pc but i need to know about ram. What is Ecc? and what is CL=3 timing? what is Unbufferd? what is Non-Parity???

    Some help in these unexperienced fields would be appreciated.

  2. dgower2

    dgower2 TS Maniac Posts: 238

    ECC is mainly just for server class systems and your motherboard/chipset/BIOS need to support it. ECC is like parity on steroids.

    The website above should answer your questions.

    Generally the motherboard dictates whether you get buffered/unbuffered, ecc/nonecc.

    CL = CAS Latency - the lower the number, the better/faster, but usually more expensive as well.

    Hope this helps.
  3. HoopaJoop

    HoopaJoop TS Rookie Posts: 90

    As dgower2 noted ECC is mainly for servers. Normally checking for data errors before paging is not necessary for the home user. Also, in many cases ECC is slower than conventional RAM because of the checks.
  4. gamingguy27

    gamingguy27 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 168


    Cheers for the help! :giddy:
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