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Can I use server memory in the MSI P55-CD53?

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September 24, 2009 11:49:59 PM


I've noticed that there are more reasonable pricing for 4gb sticks listed as 'server' memory. The specs are identical to desktop memory (SDRAM DDR3 PC10600 1x4096gb CL7). Will these work on a desktop mobo like the MSI P55-CD53?

I'd like to start out right with 8gb (2x4096gb) dual channel which allows for a clean addon path to 16gb when mem gets cheaper.

Is this doable?
September 25, 2009 5:23:46 AM


list links the the memory

answer is maybe-- need more info

Main Memory
• Supports four unbuffered DIMM of 1.5 Volt DDR3 1066/1333/1600*/1800*/2000*/2133* (OC) SDRAM, 16GB Max
- Supports 1Gb/ 2Gb/ 4Gb DRAM size
- Supports Dual channel mode

so if this server memory is unbuffered NON-ECC then yes it might work.

most server memory is either registered, ECC or both.

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September 25, 2009 3:09:02 PM

If the "server" memory is ECC, Registered, or both, then chances are, no you can't use it with that mobo.

Generally speaking, you are best served by purchasing memory listed on the mobo makers QVL list. I would start there first to determine your memory choices.

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September 25, 2009 3:42:11 PM

ECC memory is automatically slower due to its redundant nature of verifying the data it stores. Nice for a solid server, not useful for a fast gamer or graphic computer.

This reminds me of looking at "server" hard drives. You think, well, they're more reliable. But also slower, hotter and with delays that "consumer" drives don't have.
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