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    If I buy a RAM designed for laptops, can I use it for ...


    ...desktops too?

    I was wondering because perhaps I might get a desktop later on and decide I want to move the RAMs from the laptop into the desktop.

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    No, RAM for laptops has a different pin layout and # of pins.
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    Are RAMs for laptops any cheaper than Desktop RAMs? Are they less powerful than Desktop RAMs?
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    Cost depends upon many factors. Ram is ram, it is no more or less powerful based on the device it goes into.
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    Where I am, laptop memory is cheaper than desktop as most desktop memories have heatsinks on them, of the same speeds of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    No, RAM for laptops has a different pin layout and # of pins.
    Hi there
    I hate to disagree with you as your posts are usually some of the most reliable on the Forum --but you CAN get adapters to convert Laptop RAM into Desktop RAM.

    I don't know how good it is -- laptop RAM is incredibly cheap at the moment so it could be useful (If there's enough space on the mobo of course).

    DDR3 Laptop SO-DIMM to Desktop DIMM Memory RAM Adapter: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    Cheers

    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinterP View Post
    ...desktops too?

    I was wondering because perhaps I might get a desktop later on and decide I want to move the RAMs from the laptop into the desktop.
    Usually for normal desktops: NO.

    BUT, some models allow it: then YES
    Look for specs for slim towers (DELL) and small form factor (HP/Compaq)

    Examples:
    Vostro 260s space saving, slim tower desktop computer | Dell
    HP Compaq dc5750 Small Form Factor PC overview - HP Small & Medium Business products

    Those smaller PC's have slots for laptop RAM. So there might be a solution if you get one of those desktops.
    The highest specs have i7 and decent graphics even if the electronics are in general smaller.

    Look at the details, if no SODIMM / small slots are used, then that's no use in this case.
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