Using ECC memory modules on a standard motherboard


Recently i found a seller on ebay who was offering Dell branded 4gb ECC server DDR2-667 mhz PC2-5300 modules for quite a reasonable price.I have an older system with an ASrock g41 motherboard that supports ddr2 memory-the manual for this motherboard states in clear terms that it supports DDR2 1066/800/667/533 non-ECC, un-buffered memory only(upto 8gb).Currently I'm using a 2gb ddr2 800mhz transcend module(non-ecc)with this motherboard and i'd like to upgrade it as 2gb is very insufficient for running resource intensive tasks these days.

So will this sever grade dell memory work at all as a non-ECC module if i install it on this motherboard?And will i face any compatibility issues if i try to use it in conjunction with my existing 800mhz transcend Ram?I'm rather hesitant to buy it as i'm not sure whether it will work or not-please advise what should i do.


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No, it will not work if your motherboard doesn't support ECC.
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