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    Default PC600 RAMBUS RAM Replacement

    I am building a system from a DELL Optiplex GX300 motherboard. After doing a little research on DELL's website, I found that it takes 2 sticks of RAMBUS PC600 RAM for a maximum total of 1GB. Looking on ebay, 2 sticks of 512 GB RAM is not cheap, PC800 is is much more affordable. Can I use PC800 in this system?

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    The PC800 RAM should work.

    https://www.geek.com/chips/p4-often-...-rdram-542798/ says it originally shipped with PC800.

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    Awesome! Thank you

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    Just remember you have to install RAMBUS in pairs, and you have to use special blanks for the empty slots, though some quick google results seem to imply there are only 2 slots on board.

    Rambus was an odd and very short lived memory technology...

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    Yes, only 2 slots on the board so no guess work. I plan to max it out at 1GB

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    I still have a slot 1 P3 motherboard with that stuff. Intel 820 chipset. I'm also using 1GB of RDRAM. Why Intel ever went with Rambus is a mystery.

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    This is also a Pentium 3 (dual) slot 1 with 820 chipset. It came with only one processor and while searching for a second, I discovered that it also needs a voltage regulator which the motherboard has an empty slot for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Why Intel ever went with Rambus is a mystery.
    Greed. In exchange for standardizing on Rambus for a few years, Intel got 10% of Rambus. Having MBAs design motherboards didn't work out so well as Intel lost hundreds of millions in the process.

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    Seems that I recall that Rambus sued everyone under the sun at one time. Some of the suits were just silly.

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