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Asrock K7VM2 Motherboard Memory Upgrade

I have a Asrock K7VM2 Motherboard installed in PC (AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2000+) and would like to upgrade the memory. I have been told that it is very important to get the correct compatible memory.
The Asrock website lists the compatible memory as: DDR x 2, DDR266/200 non-ECC, un-buffered memory. (http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=K7VM2)
By DDR266 - Im assuming its referring to fact that the speed of compatible memory should be 266Mhz.

I just opened my PC for the first time and looked at the memory currently installed. It currently has one stick (one slot is still free) and the label on this memory reads - TakeMS 512MB DDR PC400.
I believe that this is 400MHz?

To my understanding my PC has been running pretty much fine since I had it built, several years ago. Im now wondering - Is the TakeMS 512MB DDR PC400 actually the wrong memory (speed) for the motherboard?
If it's been working this long, shall I just assume its fine? (I'm abit surprised that it works if the compatible memory stated by AsRock, should be 266Mhz). It is possible that the manufacturer has not listed all compatible memory?

In relation to upgrading - I want to buy another 512mb memory stick to upgrade my ram to 1 Gig total. Shall I get a 266Mhz (512mb) one or another 400MHz one to go with the existing TakeMS 512MB DDR PC400? Does it matter at all? Will it effect the performance either way? Thanks in advance.

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  • MrMxxx Jun 06, 2008

    Thanks. I was just unsure, as I assumed that, normally a manufacturers web site (and orginal literature & box that came with the motherboard) would be correct - and they all state: DDR 266 MHz as the compatible one.
    I'm new to this and was just suprised that AsRock state this size - but infact the PC400 (DDR 400 MHz) actually works (and is therefore compatible) aswell.

    I just wanted to 100 percent make sure as everyone keeps stating the importance of getting the exact compatible and correct memory to avoid problems.


  • MrMxxx Jun 07, 2008

    Hi again,

    You kindly provided me with somegreat info regarding upgrading my memory for my Asrock K7VM2 Motherboard. Many thanks.

    Can I ask a further question, does it matter is the memory is single-sided (32Mx8) or double-sided (64Mx64)?

    My
    existing 512MB says 32Mx8 but Ive been unable to find this info out on
    memory Im looking to buy online. I doesnt seem to be listed.

    Do you think that this memory will be compatible:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/45120/show...

    Thanks again for you time.

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Some MOBO support different type of memory modules like ddr 400, 333,533 and other, if your computer is working fine with that PC400 it only means that your MOBO is compatible with it. Since you're planning to upgrade the memory just get another PC400 because the memory should be the same to work fine.

Posted on Jun 06, 2008

  • Mark Gil
    Mark Gil Jun 07, 2008

    No problem now just realx and get an upgrade on your computer's memory , enjoy a much faster PC from now on.

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