Saturday, August 14, 2010

Number of DRAM Ranks

(also known as rows or sides) Any given module can have 1, 2, or 4 ranks, but only 1 rank of a module can be active at any moment in time. When a module has two or more ranks, the memory controller must periodically switch between them by performing close and open operations. Do not confuse rows in this context with rows used to describe internal chip architecture (that is why the term rank is to be preferred). The term sides is also confusing because it incorrectly suggests that this is tied to the physical placement of chips on the module.

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