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An anonymous reader writes "My company is pursuing a RAM upgrade, resulting in 500+ used DDR3 4GB DIMMs. What could this be used for? Are there any cheap products on the market which can take a huge number of DIMMs? Is there a worthy cause we should donate the gear to?"
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  • PCs for Kids (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 29, 2012 @01:57PM (#41807715)

    Find out if there's a compters for kids or pcs for kids program in your area. They make computers available to low income kids at a very affordable price by recycling donated computers. They could definitely use ram donations.

    • Re:PCs for Kids (Score:5, Informative)

      by Archangel Michael (180766) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:10PM (#41807971) Journal

      Donate to http://www.computersforclassrooms.org/ [computersf...srooms.org]

      They would end up going to Computers used in classrooms.

      • Re:PCs for Kids (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Sponge Bath (413667) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:57PM (#41808755)
        Listen to this guy, do not futz around trying to think up uses or store them expecting to have a use in the future. Give it away now and be done with it. Soon it will be obsolete and no use to anyone. (says the man who recently trashed a bag of dusty, obsolete and now useless RAM)
        • Re:PCs for Kids (Score:4, Interesting)

          by asdf7890 (1518587) on Monday October 29, 2012 @06:03PM (#41811137)
          I'd have not chucked them unless they were _really_ old, or you only had a few.

          I had a small pile of various DIMMs (and SIMMs though I doubt the buyer was really interested in them!) when I last cleared out all my old junk. Single auction on eBay for the whole lot (individually they aren't worth enough for the hassle of listing and dealing with idiots, but together they made a lot worth bothering with) and let someone else deal with finding uses for them (or splitting into smaller lots and reselling).

          You'd be surprised how much you might make. Memory of older standards is often useful in printers (sometimes relatively new devices) and such which don't need the high falutin super sonic speeds of newer standards, not just for people looking to extend the life of very old kit on the cheap. And 4Gb DRR3 modules as mentioned here are definitely still worth something, especially in that sort of number. What my company tends to do when getting rid of old stuff like this is drop the money made into the social fund - the furniture sold on after our move to shiny new offices recently has paid for an upgraded Christmas dinner for us all this year!

          Or like the guy above says: donate and someone else will deal with finding a use for them. Either way there is far less chance that it'll all just become toxic land-fill. From a company's PoV donating may provide a tax break.
        • by Gilmoure (18428) on Monday October 29, 2012 @06:15PM (#41811295) Journal

          So... My 30 pin 16 meg SIMMs are not worth anything anymore? I just don't have a 30 MHz 68030 system anymore.

        • by hairyfeet (841228)
          Hell ask the local PC shops, there are usually guys like me around that refurb systems for the poor folks and we are always looking for spare parts. I tend to focus on the working poor, they are the ones that slip through the cracks the most in my area but I'm sure there is somebody similar in his area, ask the local freecycle or any of the mom&pop shops, they'll know.
      • Re:PCs for Kids (Score:5, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 29, 2012 @03:00PM (#41808801)

        IANAA (I am not an accountant), but AFAIK, in the US, as long as the company didn't depreciate the capital on the computer overall, they can write off the full cost of the RAM against their taxes if they donate it to a charitable organization. Added up, it can be a rather sizable chunk of money, and can even offset the cost of the upgrade by a considerable margin. Win-win situation.

      • by CubicleZombie (2590497) on Monday October 29, 2012 @03:27PM (#41809125)
        I tried to "give back" to my high school years after graduating by donating a bunch of three year old office PCs. They didn't want them. Too old. The computer lab was six Apple II's when I was there in the nineties and now these were too old. Now I'm a homeowner in the county and that explains why my taxes are so high.
        • Re:PCs for Kids (Score:5, Insightful)

          by eyrieowl (881195) on Monday October 29, 2012 @04:01PM (#41809659)
          So..."I had it rough, the school district should continue to suck and give future generations the shaft"? Were they supposed to chug along with Apple II's until you came riding to the rescue? Also, are they never supposed to buy any new computers? Bear in mind that if they ever do, any older computers someone tries to donate shortly afterward would, likely, be "too old".
        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by kenh (9056)

          Let's not forget the very computers your local school rejected were being disposed of by your employer.

          If you take a good look at your local school budget you'll likely see that about 70-75% goes towards teacher salaries and benefits (as it should), and as much as 1-2% goes towards technology per year - I seriously doubt that your district's technology policies are causing the taxes to rise.

        • Re:PCs for Kids (Score:4, Interesting)

          by Skynyrd (25155) on Monday October 29, 2012 @08:21PM (#41812451) Homepage

          Long ago I worked for a school district. We accepted computer donations, but it was usually disaster, and more expensive than buying a new one.

          Every machine had a slightly different version of the OS, and a different set of applications. There was no consistency between machines, and nobody at the school could do real maintenance on them; it required a person from the district office to drive there (this was long ago, as I said) and fix the machine. Maintaining a hodge-podge of machines was a nightmare.

          When we stopped taking random donations, it made everybody's job more efficient. We threw away a *huge* pile of "useful" computers (at least that's what the person dropping off old, useless shit called them).

          Seriously, your school district is better off not accepting donations of one or two computers. It doesn't scale. At all.
          If it was "a bunch" and they had a legal version of Windows or OSX (Linux if they have a full time Linux guy on staff), and they were identical and they could replace *everything* in an existing computer lab, then it may have been a bad decision.

          • Re:PCs for Kids (Score:4, Insightful)

            by sumdumass (711423) on Tuesday October 30, 2012 @02:49AM (#41814921) Journal

            lol.. no one but someone from the district office could "fix them" and you relegate them as "useless shit".

            I think the problem is more to the effect of you not knowing what you had and an attitude by someone who didn't want to deal with it. Schools can put their bulk license of any windows version on the computers and send them home as loaners to the less fortunate students and forget to ask for them back. Would do a lot more for "education" then tossing donations into the trash.

      • Re:PCs for Kids (Score:4, Informative)

        by reve_etrange (2377702) on Monday October 29, 2012 @05:16PM (#41810573)
        And around the Bay we have the Alameda County Computer Resource Center [accrc.org]. They build computers to give away to folks in need, to "narrow the digital divide."
    • by Kenja (541830) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:31PM (#41808357)
      Better yet! Give them out as halloween "treats".
    • Re:PCs for Kids (Score:4, Interesting)

      by cecilgol (977329) on Monday October 29, 2012 @04:20PM (#41809921) Homepage
      This. My first thought was http://freegeek.org/ [freegeek.org] if there's one near your locale.
    • http://freegeekorg/ [freegeekorg] is a 501(c)(3) which ethically repairs and recycles computers and components, benefitting schools and non-profits. The City of Portland and multiple non-profits donate equipment already.

  • eBay... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by kevin_j_morse (1282350) on Monday October 29, 2012 @01:57PM (#41807717) Homepage

    Why not just sell them? Slashdot always has to find creative things to do with old stuff. Just sell it and use the money for something else.

    • Re:eBay... (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:12PM (#41808011)

      First: Hold onto them until they're actually worth something. Sometime in the middle of the DDR4 lifecycle, it will become nearly impossible to find new 4GB DDR3 sticks, so people will have to turn to used sticks if they want to upgrade their machines from 8GB (4x2GB or 2x4GB) to 16 GB (4x4GB).

      History tells us that they will be valued at at least twice the original market rate. So sell now and get ~$7.5k, or wait 2-3 years and likely get $15-20k. I'd wait.

      • Re:eBay... (Score:4, Insightful)

        by mobby_6kl (668092) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:29PM (#41808327)

        First: Hold onto them until they're actually worth something. Sometime in the middle of the DDR4 lifecycle, it will become nearly impossible to find new 4GB DDR3 sticks, so people will have to turn to used sticks if they want to upgrade their machines from 8GB (4x2GB or 2x4GB) to 16 GB (4x4GB).

        History tells us that they will be valued at at least twice the original market rate. So sell now and get ~$7.5k, or wait 2-3 years and likely get $15-20k. I'd wait.

        That's a good point. I just had to RMA a module of extended-warranty DDR2 RAM. Ignoring for a moment the fact that they asked me to send the whole kit instead of just the faulty module, more importantly instead of replacing it, they refunded me the money instead. Which is just slightly less money than what new (and slower!) DDR2 memory costs. Oops.

        In the end I managed to find the last few identical kits in some weird online store, but another year or two and I'd be completely fucked.

        • Hmm. Perhaps we need a part swapper website. "Offering 2 sticks of Corsair DDR2 4 GB RAM, looking for a Nvidia / ATI PCIe video card."

          • The vintage computer guys already do that. 30pin SIMMs are getting expensive. DDR still fetches a good penny too, alot of P4 and Athlon machines still in service.
      • Re:eBay... (Score:5, Insightful)

        by caffiend666 (598633) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:36PM (#41808449) Homepage
        Just because something is worth a certain amount, does not mean it can be sold for that amount or that it is worth the time to sell something or warehouse it for years. Grandpa still has his tubes from his tv repair days. They are doubtlessly worth thousands. But, no one will pay fair value for them in bulk and it would take hundreds if not thousands of hours to sell them individually on ebay. It would have been better for him to sell them when he retired, even at a loss, and invest the money.
        • Re:eBay... (Score:5, Funny)

          by rot26 (240034) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:44PM (#41808569) Homepage Journal
          And yet putting them on eBay costs next to nothing and you'll never know until you try.

          At one point after a project failed to get off the ground I had about 100 new-in-box Supermicro ATX motherboards each with a couple of ISA slots. Turns out that after the death of ISA, those motherboards started gaining value until they were worth more than they cost new. So I sold them all and made thousands of dollars**.


          **This is a partially a lie, I was lazy and just threw them away.
          • uhm, did I just miss a romney joke in there?

            whoosh, for me, perhaps?

        • Re:eBay... (Score:4, Interesting)

          by slartibartfastatp (613727) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:45PM (#41808591) Journal

          Capitalistically thinking, if nobody would pay thousands for it, then it's not worth thousands. The market is not really into fair pricing.

        • by ArsonSmith (13997)

          fair market value is where the owner of something and someone who desires that something meat on a price point. the "worth" is just a guesstimate of what that number could/should be. If you can't sell something for what you think it's "worth" or what some expert told you it was "worth" then it is not worth that much your or the expert were wrong.

          • by DarkOx (621550)

            Not exactly. The market value of something is the price point at which a supplier is willing to supply it, and buyer is willing to pay for it.

            It may be that there is not price great enough to make anyone willing to supply, but low enough there is any demand to buy. In that case there is not market for that good or service.

            I would suggest to the owner of the tubes he would be wise to list them on an auction site like ebay or something. Unless he is finding some joy in having a collection of tubes or has a

        • Re:eBay... (Score:5, Insightful)

          by tibit (1762298) on Monday October 29, 2012 @03:27PM (#41809129)

          Thousands of hours to sell those tubes? That's crazy talk. Even eBay itself offers a bulk listing service, where you can easily list hundreds of items. It'd be trivial to sell the tubes, and they may be worth a good chunk of money as the audiophools value some of them dearly. Their stupidity, your gain.

        • Re:eBay... (Score:5, Interesting)

          by DerekLyons (302214) <(moc.liamg) (ta) (retawriaf)> on Monday October 29, 2012 @03:41PM (#41809347) Homepage

          Grandpa still has his tubes from his tv repair days. They are doubtlessly worth thousands. But, no one will pay fair value for them in bulk

          Translation: I'm pretty sure they're worth money, lots of money. But I actually don't have any evidence this is so, and can't be bothered to do the work and find out.

          I saw lots of people just like you and your Grandpa when I ran a used and rare bookstore that thought the same thing... invariably, they were wrong.

          • Re:eBay... (Score:5, Interesting)

            by N3Bruce (154308) <n3lsy AT comcast DOT net> on Monday October 29, 2012 @06:56PM (#41811685) Journal

            When you get into obsolete parts, they generally fall into 3 categories. With the example of radio and TV tubes, there is a large percentage of the stock that is essentially worthless, everybody has them and nobody wants them. Compactron tubes in 1960s TVs are all over the place, but few people collect old TVs, and most have been junked. Second category is tubes which have a steady demand, but were made in large numbers, such as some of the tubes in the "All American Five" radios, and vintage ham and audio gear. The third category is tubes and parts for highly collectible gear, especially where specialized tubes were made for only a few models of equipment for a few years and are classified as Unobtainium. Some of the tubes in my Zenith Transoceanic radio fall into this category, a good used 1L6 goes for about $50 on Ebay, while I have a half a dozen perfectly good 5U4 rectifier tubes in my junk box. After a while, if a certain model of audio or radio gear has lasting appeal, the supply will eventually dry up. 6146 tubes are starting to fall into this category, commonly used as final amplifier tubes in many popular ham rigs, despite wide use in many applications.

            This phenomenon happens with all types of vintage collectibles, because most examples of a particular item will have the same part that tends to fail or deteriorate.

      • Re:eBay... (Score:5, Insightful)

        by sl4shd0rk (755837) on Monday October 29, 2012 @03:01PM (#41808811)

        Sometime in the middle of the DDR4 lifecycle machines using DDR3 will be about as popular as ones using SDRAM right now.

        Donate it to the kids projects mentioned above. Besides, if you sell it, your going to be fielding support calls from people with crappy systems who think your "bad used ram" is to blame.

      • by Type44Q (1233630)

        By then people looking to upgrade aging hardware will most likely be wanting to replace 4GB modules with 8GB modules.

    • by ByOhTek (1181381)

      Usually that requires some overhead and isn't cheap/easy. Donations are often easier, and less hassle, with tax deductions.

    • Fuck eBay. It I've learned anything, it's not worth selling anything under $100. Time = Money. When you factor in shipping, and both eBay and Paypal skimming off the top, you're left with little to no profit margin. If anything, it will cost you more money than if you just simply dropped them in the trash bin.

      If you're serious about getting rid of 500 DIMMS, just sell them at your local flee market, or donate to the Goodwill and make it a tax write-off.

    • Re:eBay... (Score:5, Funny)

      by ArcadeNut (85398) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:59PM (#41808773) Homepage

      So the next /. story would be "Hey, I just bought 500 DIMMS on eBay, what should I do with them?"

    • Re:eBay... (Score:4, Interesting)

      by thorbsd (2737135) on Monday October 29, 2012 @03:08PM (#41808913)
      Assuming you could get $20 per DIMM, you're looking at $10,000. Not to make it sound that isn't a lot of money, but when you consider that a company has 500 4GB sticks of RAM they can't use, you have to assume that this is (likely) a pretty big company, and $10,000 is probably not all that much in their total IT budget. Even if you forget about the potential benefit a donation like this could bring to the community that they currently operate in, think about how much more value they could get from the PR of donating to a good cause.
  • Yum (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    EAT THEM!

  • by BabaChazz (917957) on Monday October 29, 2012 @01:59PM (#41807769)

    I don't know where OP is from, but in BC, Canada, there is a group called Computers For Schools BC, who are in the (government-funded) business of taking old computers and buffing them up for use in the school system. I suspect they would be pleased to receive something as close to current as 4GB DDR3... and they do enough volume that 500 of them would likely be used up in a month.

    • Good idea, but the thought of trying to find a old mobo that takes DDR3 pretty much kills that idea in my mind.
      • DDR3 is the current standard...
      • by CnlPepper (140772)

        They could sit on them until DDR3 supporting devices get "old".

      • by FyRE666 (263011) *

        What sort of MB are you using that's loaded with DDR4?

      • by BabaChazz (917957)

        Who says computers donated to this place are "old"?

        Typically, these people get computers that have been in the school system for a couple years and are physically abused. School kids don't treat school computers very well. Electronically they are still sound, and recent in enough cases that DDR3 is a serious option. Granted, they also get rafts of (relatively) ancient computers from businesses, but the update / recycle of school machines that have only suffered physical damage is, as far as I understand it,

    • There are TONS of these companies in BC. Roboot [rebootvancouver.ca], FreeGeek [freegeekvancouver.org], etc. If any of those organizations can't use that much ram, they'll know who can!
  • by Andy Prough (2730467) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:00PM (#41807787)
    They'll help your used chips find good homes in school computers and so forth: http://www.cristina.org/aboutus.html [cristina.org]
  • ECC? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by nion (19898)

    Desktop or Server ram? Because server ram is generally ECC and cannot be used in desktops.

    • I believe ECC can be used in (some?) AMD desktop mobos.

      • Correct. ECC memory can be used with some modern AMD systems. The DIMMs just can't be registered.

      • by fa2k (881632)

        I believe ECC can be used in (some?) AMD desktop mobos.

        At least up to the Phenom II (don't know about the new stuff), and it requires motherboard support as well. In my very limited experience, 100 % of cheap AMD motherboards support ECC (1 of 1). It has helped me ID a bad DIMM that had a few errors every couple of months.

    • Can't it be used, just without the ECC features?

    • Re:ECC? (Score:4, Informative)

      by vikingpower (768921) <exercitussolus.gmail@com> on Monday October 29, 2012 @03:13PM (#41808961) Homepage Journal
      Just plain wrong. You can stick ECC RAM into a desktop; the desktop computer will simply ignore the ECC bits, and use the RAM as if it were of the common desktop variety.
    • by washu_k (1628007)
      Most posters are confusing the issue. ECC and registered are two different things, even if commonly found together. If the DIMMs are ONLY ECC then they will probably work in desktops. If they are registered, ECC or not, then they will not work.
  • by GodfatherofSoul (174979) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:00PM (#41807799)

    They're more likely to get more bang out of 2nd hand hardware. Additionally, there's always a need to upgrade hardware. Note, make sure you contact an administrator rather than a student employee in their IT departments. Odds are better the hardware will get put to use inside university machines rather than repurposed to supe up some undergrads private servers.

  • The obvious answer (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:01PM (#41807811)

    Few people are going to need 500+ DIMMs.

    If your company really wants to help a worthy cause, why not put the work in, sell them all individually on eBay, and then donate the revenue to a charity of your choice?

  • by Wrexs0ul (515885) <mmeier AT racknine DOT com> on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:03PM (#41807839) Homepage

    RAM has a history of starting expensive for cutting-edge, getting dirt cheap as it becomes mainstream, then the old stuff gets expensive again when the market moves-on and it's in limited use. If an EBay search doesn't offer good value then most parts can be recycled these days, check with your local recycling center to see if they have a program to reclaim component materials.

    Or, if you're looking for a laugh, ehow says you should consider making a sculpture [ehow.com]. With the amount of RAM coming out of companies I bet you could do something person-sized :)

  • by Threni (635302) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:03PM (#41807841)

    I've got a load of car stereos I want to shift fast because..uh..I've upgraded to in-car mp3 players or something. Anyway, if you want a load of car stereos quick and aren't going to ask too many questions then get in touch.

    • by magarity (164372)

      I've got a load of car stereos I want to shift fast because..uh..I've upgraded to in-car mp3 players or something. Anyway, if you want a load of car stereos quick and aren't going to ask too many questions then get in touch.

      It does sound dodgy since 4GB modules shouldn't be anything to sneeze at. But image a poorly spec'ed corporate purchase that got PCs with one 4GB module of 667Hz memory when the chipset supports 1066 - if they want to upgrade to 8GB the proper way to do it is to toss the individual slow ones and get a pair of 1066 4GB for each computer.

      • by afidel (530433)

        Not really, we had 180 DIMM's left over after an upgrade a few years ago. We upgraded all our VMWare hosts from 72GB to 144GB, 18 DIMM's times 10 hosts equals 180 DIMM's. The cost of 8GB DIMM's when we purchases the server, ~$1800, 20 months later when we did the upgrade $400. The cost to upgrade all ten hosts was down to the point where it was about equal to buying two new host with licensing but it gave us an additional ten hosts worth of capacity. We ended up using some of the leftover DIMM's for upgradi

  • Donate to FreeGeek! (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    http://www.freegeek.org

  • Goodwill repairs and recycles computers.
    • Re:Goodwill (Score:5, Insightful)

      by ackthpt (218170) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:15PM (#41808097) Homepage Journal

      Goodwill repairs and recycles computers.

      We have something called The Grey Bears, which recovers and recycles working computers for low prices. Might be something like that in your community.

      One cautionary word, though. Make absolutely certain your employer is completly cool with you gathering these up and sending them off to worthy causes, get it in writing lest some stuffed shirt bureaucrat or bean counter come around and claim you took company property - some employers have very bizarre ways of handling disposal of assets, even stuff like old, broken printers or CRT monitors, which you and I would think are largely worthless, they have numbers on books which state otherwise.

  • Armor (Score:5, Funny)

    by Microlith (54737) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:07PM (#41807907)

    Put holes in the corners and connect them via metal rings. Create yourself a suit of nerd armor the likes of which has never been seen. With 500 DIMMs you should be able to get a chest piece or pair of gauntlets...

  • Steve over @ HardOCP is always putting together PC's for charitable causes.
  • by multimediavt (965608) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:08PM (#41807921)
    Build a giant RAM NAS!!! hehe
  • Find a nonprofit... (Score:4, Informative)

    by magarity (164372) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:08PM (#41807929)

    I once worked at a nonprofit that redistributed bulk PCs donations from large donors to many small nonprofits. We would get a hundred computers at a time and they almost always 1: had minimal RAM and 2: no hard drives. Any donations of RAM would be appreciated. If you have a similar charity in your area consider old hard drives (that are still working OK) as well.

  • by theedgeofoblivious (2474916) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:08PM (#41807937)

    I work at a school for special-needs teenagers, and we could probably use about 200 of them if they were available.

  • by whoda (569082) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:10PM (#41807975) Homepage

    You may find donating company assets is harder than you think.

    • by Fished (574624)
      Indeed. I used to work for a state university, and we had equipment that was purchased under a special grant that never allowed us to get rid of it. We had to periodically inventory this equipment separately, with ridiculous consequences if we couldn't find some of it. This was around 1995, and we literally had original IBM XT's stacked up in a warehouse, and the only thing we did with them was to periodically inventory them.
  • by ackthpt (218170) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:11PM (#41807993) Homepage Journal

    And you could build the absolutely coolest clubhouse, ever!

    Also, I see geocachers attach these to Travel Bug dog-tags, and give them names like "I've lost my memory" and send them traveling.

  • Either sell them all as one big batch, or in lots of 100. There are businesses and nonprofits that will buy them.

  • DDR3 Donation (Score:5, Informative)

    by hardburlyboogerman (161244) <kwsmith41747@windstream.net> on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:14PM (#41808061) Homepage Journal

    You can always donate them to a local Computers For Kids project.Believe me,any and all kinds of hardware is always needed.I ought to know.I've run such a program for a good 20 years

  • Donate them!! (Score:5, Informative)

    by EmagGeek (574360) <gterich@aol.cTWAINom minus author> on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:16PM (#41808109) Journal

    Here's a charity local to me that builds PCs for the disadvantaged:

    https://sites.google.com/site/carolinafreepc/ [google.com]

    Purpose
            To provide PCs with educational programs to low income
            families and children at no cost.

    Goals

            To help kids become knowledgeable about computers

            To interest kids in engineering and technology

            To encourage kids to stay in school and graduate

  • I most of my computers have 2 GB of RAM. I wouldn't mind to upgrade to, say, 8 GB

  • Sell them, they are worth money.

    Or does your company not use money?

  • by Anonymous Psychopath (18031) on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:23PM (#41808217) Homepage

    ...a Beowulf cluster of these...

  • It's times like this I miss aspects of the Amiga computers. They had a really friendly system for expanding ram. Most cards and drives came with extra ram slots. I never understood limiting ram expansion so severely. For computer graphics I see no top end in ram needs and I used to always say if your computer has slowed down nine times out of ten it's the ram not the CPU. 500 chips sounds like a couple of hundred gig of ram if the OSs and hardware would support the expansion.
    • by omnichad (1198475)

      RAM expansion is limited so severely because the speed of light has a huge impact on performance these days. The bus latency is a huge factor.

      Windows 7 lets you add slow RAM with ReadyBoost. Not sure if Linux lets you do anything like that. But it's just not as fast as RAM that's only an inch away from the CPU.

    • by dacut (243842)

      IBM PCs of the era had a similar option: attach the RAM to the ISA bus via an add-on card. Like the Amiga (and most computers of that era), the expansion bus was the processor bus (with a bit of buffering and maybe a tad bit of glue logic, but not much more).

      As processor speeds increased, this became a problem. Many peripherals just weren't designed for the increased speed, so they divorced the bus speed from the processor speed by making it a fraction of the processor speed [wikipedia.org] (ISA) or going asynchronous [wikipedia.org] (A

  • by XaXXon (202882) <xaxxon&gmail,com> on Monday October 29, 2012 @02:40PM (#41808515) Homepage

    let the employees take home a few if they have a use for them. Make people happy and it won't cost anything or at least not much depending on what you would otherwise do with them.

  • by SuperTechnoNerd (964528) on Monday October 29, 2012 @03:27PM (#41809143)
    I still have several tubes of DIP DRAM chips. 256kX4 and 1MegX1 Plus a suitcase full of 74 series logic chips. You want them, you can take em!

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