(help)RAM for i440BX

I'm sorry, but I'm really confused.
I did read through the FAQs and did a site search
but my mind is all messed up and can't figure it out

if I want to buy a 256MB RAM for the P2 sysetem with
i440BX chipset
what exactly am I looking for

32x64 would work?
brends like PNY actually say their PC133 is not
back compatable is that true?
on newegg kingston pc133 said
"Please note this will not work with older Motherboards, only use with boards supporting 32x8 Chipset"
does 440bx support 32X8?(according to my reading, the
answare to that is NO)

any recommandations? thanks


Korea....good sport?
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  1. LOL, forget all that. The only thing you need to know is the PHYSICAL LAYOUT of the chip, which is what you WON'T normally find advertised. The board supports 16MB per chip, so you need 16 chips on a module to get 256MB. It doesn't matter whether it's PC66, PC100, or PC133, as long as it has that layout (or earlier layouts with even less desity). Companies saying that PC133 isn't backwards compatable are lying, they'd rather sell you a new board or whatever. Your best bet is to simply order part number CT32M64S4D7E from <A HREF="http://www.crucial.com/store/PartSpecs.asp?imodule=CT32M64S4D7E&cat=RAM" target="_new">Crucial.com</A>, or use their memory finder for your board.

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  2. Thanks Crashman...I do know that you said this before
    <A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=58933#58933" target="_new">http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=58933#58933</A>
    to tell the truth, I'm looking to upgrade our computers in my office. these old PII with 64MB of RAM just make me want to throw 'em outta the window. They could really use some RAM to at least run smoother. But after checking the price, wich is $44/piece now. My boss just told me..."forget about it, those computers are still USABLE. just wait untill someday it blow up one by one and we start replacing with new ones" =P

    Anyways, I do learn something. Thanks again =)


    Korea....good sport?
  3. Well, here are your choices:
    16-chip 256MB
    8 or 16-chip 128MB
    4, 8, or 16 chip 64MB

    Anything smaller than that is a waste. But a 64MB module in each machine would help a lot!

    You didn't mention the OS. Prior to WinXP, 128MB was enough for most people on previous operating systems. So another 64MB would probably work wonders.

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