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hi experts,

 i have two of these systems and i'm trying to find the right memory to upgrade them to 24gb.
i have one system with: currently 3x4GB (PC3 10600E).
and the other with:currently 6x2GB (PC3 8500E).

Dell’s spec does say the system support either 1333MHz or 1066MHz



The only question I have remaining before placing the order is what is 8500E and 10600E means?
As long as the speed is the same (both 1066MHz), can we mix and match between 8500E and 10600E?
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Dell Precision Product Support - http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/ed/en/edbsdt1/Product/precision-t3500

If you want 24GB installed memory on both Precision T3500s, you'll have to ditch your six 2GB modules (or sell them on eBay). You won't be able to achieve your desired 24GB on both machines through any combination of mixing and matching.

The T3500 mainboard has six DIMM slots available for installing memory. Populating each slot with 4GB (the highest capacity memory module accepted by the mainboard) is the only way to achieve your 24GB per workstation (see ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_desktop/esuprt_dell_precision_workstation/precision-t3500_Service%20Manual_en-us.pdf > search "Supported Memory Configurations" [no quotes]).

The numbers 8500 and 10600 refer to DDR3 PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066) and DDR3 PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333) SDRAM modules respectively. In a nutshell, the numbers are a measure of the "speed" of the memory module; the higher the number, the "faster" the "speed." Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR3_SDRAM for more detailed information (esp. the table "JEDEC standard modules" [no quotes]).

I recommend purchasing your memory from Crucial.com, the retail outlet of Micron (IMHO, the most reliable memory out there). Surf to http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=Precision%20Workstation%20T3500&Cat=RAM to view your Precision T3500 memory options. Once there: (1) Uncheck the box for Solid State Drives; (2) Uncheck the box for Internal Hard Drive; and (3) Click within the box SHOW ALL COMPATIBLE COMPUTER MEMORY.

If you'll be mixing your existing DDR3 PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333) SDRAM modules with new modules, ensure the CL (clock) and latencies match between the new and old memory modules, in order to optimize system stability. Crucial will give you a hand with this. Contact them at 800-336-8896 (Consumer Sales, Mon-Fri 7am-5pm MST) or 800-336-8915 (Customer Service, Mon-Fri 7am-6p MST).
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great thanks!
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