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There are two main types of memory, unbuffered and buffered. The biggest difference between the two is that buffered memory includes a layer of processing power to keep speed things along. There are pros and cons to each of these options, so let’s give a look at each one and explore further.
The key advantage of buffered memory is a processing chip that receives information directly from the computer. This buffer chip then sends out the information to be processed by the other chips on the memory stick, allowing the computer to send information to one target instead of several chips on the RAM.
With unbuffered memory, the computer will communicate directly with the individual memory banks, so the CPU will send the information to be processed to each chip on the stick of RAM. While this does allow the system to be a bit more expandable and a bit more flexible, it also does require a lot more processing power.
ECC stands for Error Checking and Correction memory. ECC memory is essential to higher performing enterprise level environments. The way in which ECC works is the memory chips are able to fill in any missing pieces that get lost in translation. ECC is able to identify bits of information that went missing, and then back fill them in to make for much more stable storage.
ECC memory tends to be more stable and reliable than standard RAM, as you will see a much lower rate of failure in using ECC memory compared to a standard RAM.
However, there are disadvantages to using ECC RAM. ECC RAM is slightly slower than non-ECC RAM, simply based on the role it has to play in error correcting and checking all of the data that goes through it. Also, the cost is much higher being that it is a more stable memory and one that is less prone to failure.
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