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  1. #1
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    May 2004

    ECC ram vs. non-ECC

    I'm shopping eBay for some new ram for one of my computers and I'm getting conflicting information. The user manual for my Asus ME-99VM motherboard says:
    • "The SiS chipset does not support ECC. However, ECC memory modules may still be used, but the ECC function will not be available."
    In contrast, I have seen a couple of statements similar to this on eBay:
    • "Now you need to make sure your computer (motherboard) will take ECC memory. If your motherboard takes non-ECC (non-error checking) this ECC stick will not work in there."
    So which is right? Thanks for your input.
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  2. #2
    Linux Engineer
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Maybe you could check with SiS themselves, on their website? I always thought ECC & non-ECC memory were not interchangeable. I know SiS does more of those things (making chipsets with AGP & PCI-E 16x support, stuff like that), so I presume it's a special feature for that chipset. But I did some googling, and apparently some chipsets do support both. The difference between ECC & non-ECC is the extra chip on the ECC DIMM. But I suppose they have the same pin-out, no?
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