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Low profile RAM newbie question


Mondo

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Us newbies generally like to keep a low profile and it appears some RAM does as well - why I ask? Are they hiding from the law? Technology theft? Perhaps they work for the CIA? Sorry I did a search on the forum but it appears these "low profiles" are indeed tricky to find... Why low profile? Does it have any advantage over other RAM (heat dissipation maybe or just physical size?). Do some motherboards only take low profile RAM? Thanks
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Low-profile modules are just physically "shorter" than normal modules and stick out from the mainboard a smaller distance. These are very useful in setups like [url=http://www.newegg.com/app/Showimage.asp?image=56-101-427-08.jpg/56-101-427-01.jpg/56-101-427-09.jpg/56-101-427-04.jpg/56-101-427-05.jpg/56-101-427-03.jpg/56-101-427-10.jpg/56-101-427-02.jpg]Shuttle Systems[/url] or [url=http://www.newegg.com/app/Showimage.asp?image=11-129-137-03.JPG/11-129-137-01.JPG/11-129-137-02.JPG/11-129-137-07.JPG/11-129-137-04.jpg/11-129-137-06.JPG/11-129-137-05.JPG]Rack-Mounted[/url] servers where space is an issue. As for heat dissipation, it should technically be worse considering the smaller surface area. After a short look, I didn't see any XMS type modules that were low-profile, most of them are registered, ECC modules for server setups made for stability, not OCing, etc. PLUR CK
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