[SOLVED] Desktop RAM sticks I bought are only about half as tall as the RAM sticks they're replacing
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Desktop RAM sticks I bought are only about half as tall as the RAM sticks they're replacing
I bought 2 & 2GB RAM sticks http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0012Y0QV6/?tag=mr060-20 for my Dell Optiplex GX520 computer and although the sticks are the right length they are only about half as tall as the sticks they are replacing. I double checked and the invoice says 'desktop' RAM' (I thought maybe they mistakenly sent me laptop RAM sticks). Are they making the RAM sticks not as tall as they used to be? I mean, will these things work? Thanks.
Many non-overclocked ram is now made as low profile for OEM's, it is correct and will work fine (assuming you bought the correct type). Many OEM's use the low profile to be able to fit more in their ever-shrinking chassis.
It is low profile ram as others have noted. A lot of builders use it if they are going to use a non-stock cpu cooler which is generally needed for overclocking your cpu. These coolers are much larger than the standard cpu coolers and the low profile ram is needed to provide clearance for the cooler. Low profile ram is usually preferred by those who build their own computers in order to preserve the option of adding a non-standard cpu cooler down the road. Apart from size, low profile ram is the same as standard size ram and can be safely used in your computer.
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...the sticks are the right length
This doesn't matter a whit, most desktop DIMMs are the same length. What matters is the number of edge connections and the key notch. The actual memory chips on the DIMM seem to get smaller and more compact as technology evolves.
Laptop SODIMMs are a totally different shape and a lot smaller than desktop DIMMs, they clip in flat rather than stand up. Google "laptop memory" and check the images.