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How does the ECC RAM differ from a normal RAM?

How does the ECC RAM differ from a normal RAM?

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Answered Nov 23, 2018

Error correcting code memory differs from other rams in respect of security. You need ecc ram when working with high-value data as it protects against data corruption by automatically detecting single-bit small errors that may affect servers.

Soft errors can cause memory to flip, and the binary code may then be mis-read. In financial systems this could have devastating results. In ecc ram there is an extra ECC bit, which is known as a parity bit. This checks for errors and protects the status of the data.

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Answered May 22, 2018

The difference between ECC RAM and normal RAM is that ECC RAM is developed and designed to be able find errors and make corrections while the processing of the computer is taking place. Regular and normal RAM comes with eight memory chips which take information and stores it. It stores it for the computer to retrieve it and perform the task. ECC RAM is equipped with an extra memory chip and it acts as the editor and corrector of any errors that may be present on the other eight memory chips.

ECC stands for Error Correction Code. It is part of a process that computer makers use in order to make sure that none of the other memory chips have any errors on them. While there have been some people who say that there is no difference between an ECC RAM computer and a standard RAM computer, studies have shown that the ECC RAM computer is able to detect errors at a faster pace than a standard RAM computer. In the end, if a person has a computer that has a lot of high end data on it that needs to be protected and cannot be corrupted, a ECC RAM computer is better to use because one is assured that there is that extra error protection.

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