Hey guys, new to the forum- wasn't sure which was more taboo, starting a new thread or resurrecting one from 2010.
I'm curious what the prevailing sentiment is on ECC DDR.
I'm a hardcore bargain hunter (I only go for the cheap stuff) and over the past year or so I've noticed a surplus of cheap ECC RAM on ebay, considerably less than its non-ECC equivalent. This makes sense, since the enterprise market is more likely to buy new stuff and end up with old DIMMs on their hands. Also as cloud computing providers like Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine get cheaper, the need for in-house servers might be diminishing.
Whatever the cause, I have seen large ECC DIMMs going for sometimes half the price their non-ECC equivalent. Some of it is high frequency too, which suggests there's a smart buy to be made somewhere.
Before anyone says that ECC is slow (I don't have the experience to argue) I have a link which suggests that ECC is almost exactly as fast as non-ECC, and only in one worst-case scenario makes around 90% of the performance.http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articl ... Conclusion
To anyone who might say "More than 8GB is pointless" I would disagree- uncompressed video and Adobe software eats it up quickly, and someone could make a pretty insane RAM Disk with 64+GB.
What do you guys think? Smart buy or not worth the headaches?