When purchasing a memory upgrade for your system, compatibility is the most important factor. In order for memory to work on your system, it must be compatible with your motherboard. Before upgrading your memory, consult our time-tested compatibility tips below, and use our award-winning compatibility tools to find the right memory for your system.
Depending on the age and purchase price of your computer, it was designed to use one of the following types of memory technology:
As a general rule, each generation of DDR technology is faster, runs on lower voltage, and boasts lower latencies than previous-generation technology. However, if your system was designed for DDR2 technology, it won't be able to support DDR3 modules. Since each type of memory has different notch locations (which are important for installation), different memory technologies aren't compatible with each other. Motherboards are generally only able to support one type of memory technology.
When you use either of our compatibility tools, we'll do the compatibility research for you. Memory upgrades are one of the easiest ways to improve the performance of your system. We think finding memory should be just as easy as installing it!
When you use either compatibility tool and order on Crucial.com, we guarantee compatibility — or your money back.