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PC3-10600 or PC3-10666 for a Portege R830?

We had a customer today using our Livechat software ask us about PC3-10666 memory. There is nothing more confusing than trying to navigate the numbering system of a technology standard.

JEDEC has had a few names over its 50 year history and the current one is JEDEC Solid State Technology Association. Basically they set standards for components. In this case memory modules.

For the Toshiba Portege R830 it takes DDR3 notebook modules.  The JEDEC standard is DDR3-1333. However there is a JEDEC module number that most manufacturers quote and that is PC3-10600.

Somewhere in Toshiba’s documentation or online reference the number used is PC3-10666. It freaks out a lot of customers, everyone’s worse fear is buying an incompatible module.

So why the different number?

The 10666 number quoted has to do with the peak transfer rate. The peak transfer rate of the module is 10666 mb/s (megabytes per second).

Everyone wants to have the biggest, baddest, fastest speed, so they have called it PC3-10666. I know, are they over compensating? Anyway, a PC3-10600 is the same as a PC3-10666.

As Shakespeare poetically put it:

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
Romeo & Juliet Act II Scene II

As I explain to customers every day, we sell compatible memory for specific models. We have taken the hard work out of upgrading. The memory we list for the R830 is guaranteed to be compatible.

I guarantee it will work by offering free shipping. If you are unhappy in anyway, send it back and you will get a full refund. If it is Upgradeable’s fault, I’ll pay for the return shipping!

About the author: James Hopkin is a part time Upgradeable CEO, and a full time skateboarder. His natural habitat is going fast down your local hills.

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