Can Rambus RAM be replaced with any other RAM?

Bob H July 29, 2013

Need to increase my memory. Can Rambus RAM be replaced with any other RAM?

  1. Alan W
    July 30, 2013 at 7:16 am

    When all else fails, read your manual! If you dont have or cannot find the manual write down your M/B make and model number so we can look it up. But, in hard reality I would trust Bruce's post.

  2. Jan F
    July 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Next to the technical differences Bruce pointed out you can also make a "visual check".

    Physically, RIMM are not interchangeable with other modules since they are differently keyed – they got two notches close to each other compared to e.g. a single notch on DDR.

    If all memory slots on the motherboard look the same you can rule out support for other memory modules. If it does have memory slots that look different you have to take a look at the manual about which modules are supported.

  3. Oron J
    July 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    No, unfortunately RAMBUS uses significantly different technology from other RAM types, and it would not make sense for manufacturers to put two memory controllers on a motherboard just in case someone wanted to use different memory.

  4. Bruce E
    July 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

    No, it cannot. I have never seen a motherboard that uses RDRAM that also supports any kind of DDR/SDRAM at all. The chipsets on these motherboards generally lack a memory controller in the northbridge since the DIMM modules house their own memory controller.

    Just remember that RDRAM must be installed in pairs and requires continuity RIMMs in any empty slots.

  5. Hovsep A
    July 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

    depends on your motherboard, check the manual see compatible RAM manufacturers or if you post your motherboard reference we can help.