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Upgrade Your Memory With 2 GB PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066) RAM

With the invention and subsequent popularity of double data rate memory (DDR) came vastly better standards based off of its success. DDR3 memory became ubiquitous sometime during the late 2010s after its release in 2007. Newer forms of memory will always continue to emerge, especially considering the increasing demand for machines with faster multitasking capabilities, but DDR3 can still deliver an impactful performance boost for compatible machines.

What Is PC3-8500 RAM?

  • PC3-8500: This specification indicates the name of the RAM sticks. Any number after a series of letters, in this case, PC3, refers to the module code that represents its theoretical bandwidth and allows you to easily identify a module that your motherboard is compatible with. 
  • DDR3-1066: DDR3 refers to the version of DDR that the module uses and 1066 indicates the rated frequency in MHz at which the module operates. GB refers to the amount of memory in gigabytes that a RAM stick like a Kingston HyperX stick provides.

What Types of PC3-8500 RAM Can I Buy?

  • SO-DIMM: This stands for small outline dual in-line memory and is often written as SODIMM. These operate on relatively the same principle and match frequency in MHz with regular DIMM memory and the biggest difference is the physical design. These are taller than regular DIMMs and lack the 240-pin layout. This Non-ECC unbuffered memory is ideal for these applications because they are installed in a flat orientation to maintain the slim design sought after.  
  • DIMM: Regular dual in-line memory is commonly found in desktop configurations. These are longer than SODIMM sticks but are lower in height, allowing for ample clearance essential for installing aftermarket coolers and other components that require a lot of vertical clearance. DIMM memory is oriented and installed at a vertical position, so the sticks are basically standing upright on the motherboard. These have a 240-pin configuration, which are electrically incompatible with its predecessor, DDR2.

How Do I Install My New DDR3 SDRAM?

Check for compatibility. Determine this by studying your motherboard's manual, which should indicate that it calls for a particular type of memory, such as non-ECC Kingston DDR3-1066 MHz RAM. Keep in mind 32-bit systems only allow for 4 GB of memory maximum. Installing more is futile as the system only uses up to 4 GB. On the other hand, 64-bit systems require a minimum of 4 GB of RAM and only go up from there.

  • Laptop: Remove the backplate. Take off the old SODIMM memory by undoing the side clasps on each stick and they should pop up for easy removal. Install new sticks, starting with the bottom slot and pushing the terminals into the SODIMM slot firmly. Press down until the side clips fasten. Repeat for the top module, reassemble the laptop and reboot.
  • Desktop: Remove the side panel from your case and press down on the side clips of the slots. The memory should pop out, and all that's left is to replace the old sticks with your new memory.

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