Will this "gift" ram work?

By cfitzarl ยท 5 replies
Dec 9, 2006
  1. My friend has an eMachines T3256 w/512MB DDR400 RAM, non-ecc, dimm, unbuffered. He has been complaining about his computer acting slow (he has an AMD Athlon Xp 3200), so I bought him a stick of 512MB Kingston Value Ram (KVR400/512R) for Christmas (. Everything matches up with the other Samsung Ram (I'm not sure about the cas latency though), and I was wondering if it will work. I'm sure the members of Techspot know me for not being an expert on ram, so thanks for any replies :D !

    His motherboard is compatible for DDR 333, although eMachines put in DDR400 (which is what I am trying to match). His motherboard is a "FIC #AU31". I have never heard of the company name but here is an ebay listing for one...http://cgi.ebay.com/AU31-SOCKET-A-M...1676924QQihZ004QQcategoryZ42012QQcmdZViewItem
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

  3. saintarthur

    saintarthur TS Rookie

    That should work fine in your friends machine.
    The freq will drop down to 333 with that MB. Don't worry about the CAS latency it'll drop to the higher of the two.

    Your new one can be one of 4:
    Most probable -> 512MB 400MHz DDR2 Non-ECC CL3 DIMM
    512MB 400MHz DDR2 ECC Reg CL3 DIMM Single Rank, x8 Intel Validated
    512MB 400MHz DDR Non-ECC CL2.5 DIMM
    512MB 400MHz DDR Non-ECC CL3 (3-3-3) DIMM

    The old one just tells me:
    512MB PC2700 DDR Memory
    Doesn't tell me much that :)

    Can't see you having a problem anyway.

    We use kingston value ram in most of machines here in the shop and have only got one fail back in 3 years.
  4. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    I don't see why that wouldn't work. I guess eMachines RAM is not, like, physically compatible but not functionally compatible, like some Dell power supplies :)
  5. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    like the FAQs say: MIXING RAM is never a good idea. At best it might work and/or slower than it's rated speed. At worst it won't work at all and you may fry the new stick.
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,975   +9

    Thanks, I know how to install ram :unch: (I'm not that much of a newb :) !), I eventually took the ram back and will try to get a better deal on newegg.com; they will most likely have a better selection as well. I do realize that it's never good to mix brands, but my friend is in desperate need for ram (he's a gamer). His Athlon Xp is being bogged down by sytem processes (I've disactivated all the startup and non-microsoft services also, but there were some problems with the printer spooler being shut down and not turning back on even after restart).
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