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A+ 1.6 : Memory And Hardware - Quiz


Are you on your way to becoming a certified programmer? Every techie knows that knowledge of computer hardware and memory are one of the most important basic information to have because a computer is useless without the two. Take the quiz below and see if you can identify the types of memories.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How many pins in DDR3 Memory?

    • A.

      240

    • B.

      176

    • C.

      180

    • D.

      224

    Correct Answer
    A. 240
    Explanation
    DDR3 memory typically has 240 pins. This is the correct answer because DDR3 is a type of memory module commonly used in computers and other electronic devices. The number of pins refers to the physical connectors on the module that allow it to be inserted into a compatible slot on the motherboard. The 240-pin configuration is specific to DDR3 memory, while other types of memory, such as DDR2 or DDR4, may have a different number of pins.

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  • 2. 

    How many notches in DDR3 memory?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    Correct Answer
    A. 1
    Explanation
    DDR3 memory typically has one notch, located near the center of the module. This notch is used to ensure that the memory module is inserted correctly into the memory slot. The notch helps to align the module with the key in the memory slot, preventing incorrect insertion.

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  • 3. 

    Identify this memory:

    • A.

      RAMBUS

    • B.

      DIMM

    • C.

      SIMM

    • D.

      DDR

    • E.

      DDR2

    • F.

      DDR3

    • G.

      SODIMM

    • H.

      RIMM

    Correct Answer
    D. DDR
    Explanation
    DDR (Double Data Rate) is a type of memory that stands for Double Data Rate. It is a type of RAM (Random Access Memory) that allows for faster data transfer rates compared to older memory types like SIMM and DIMM. DDR memory is commonly used in computers and other electronic devices to store and retrieve data quickly. It has been succeeded by newer versions like DDR2 and DDR3, which offer even higher data transfer rates. SODIMM and RIMM are form factors for DDR memory modules used in laptops and Rambus memory is a different type of memory technology altogether.

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  • 4. 

    Identify this memory: 

    • A.

      RAMBUS

    • B.

      DIMM

    • C.

      SIMM

    • D.

      DDR

    • E.

      DDR2

    • F.

      DDR3

    • G.

      SODIMM

    • H.

      RIMM

    Correct Answer
    E. DDR2
    Explanation
    DDR2 (Double Data Rate 2) is a type of memory that is used in computers and other electronic devices. It is an improved version of DDR memory, offering higher data transfer rates and better performance. DDR2 memory modules have a different pin configuration compared to DDR and are not compatible with each other. They were widely used in computers during the mid-2000s and have since been replaced by newer generations of memory such as DDR3 and DDR4.

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  • 5. 

    Identify this memory: 

    • A.

      RAMBUS

    • B.

      DIMM

    • C.

      SIMM

    • D.

      DDR

    • E.

      DDR2

    • F.

      DDR3

    • G.

      SODIMM

    • H.

      RIMM

    Correct Answer
    F. DDR3
    Explanation
    DDR3 is a type of memory that stands for Double Data Rate 3. It is a type of RAM (Random Access Memory) that is commonly used in computers and other electronic devices. DDR3 memory modules offer faster data transfer rates compared to previous versions such as DDR and DDR2. It is an improved version that provides higher bandwidth and better performance, making it suitable for demanding applications and multitasking.

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  • 6. 

    Identify this memory: 

    • A.

      RAMBUS

    • B.

      DIMM

    • C.

      SIMM

    • D.

      DDR

    • E.

      DDR2

    • F.

      DDR3

    • G.

      SODIMM

    • H.

      RIMM

    Correct Answer
    A. RAMBUS
    Explanation
    RAMBUS is a type of memory technology that was developed by Rambus Inc. It is a high-speed memory interface that allows for faster data transfer rates compared to other memory types. It uses a serial bus architecture and has been used in various computer systems. The other options listed, such as DIMM, SIMM, DDR, DDR2, DDR3, SODIMM, and RIMM, are different types of memory modules that are used in computers. However, RAMBUS is a specific memory technology, not a memory module type.

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  • 7. 

    Identify this memory: 

    • A.

      RAMBUS

    • B.

      DIMM

    • C.

      SIMM

    • D.

      DDR

    • E.

      DDR2

    • F.

      DDR3

    • G.

      SODIMM

    • H.

      RIMM

    Correct Answer
    B. DIMM
    Explanation
    DIMM stands for Dual In-line Memory Module. It is a type of memory module used in computers for storing and retrieving data. DIMMs are widely used in modern computers and are an evolution of the older SIMM (Single In-line Memory Module) technology. DIMMs have a higher data transfer rate and capacity compared to SIMMs. They are used in various types of memory, including DDR, DDR2, and DDR3, and come in different form factors such as SODIMM (Small Outline DIMM) and RIMM (Rambus In-line Memory Module).

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  • 8. 

    Identify this memory: 

    • A.

      RAMBUS

    • B.

      DIMM

    • C.

      SIMM

    • D.

      DDR

    • E.

      DDR2

    • F.

      DDR3

    • G.

      SODIMM

    • H.

      RIMM

    Correct Answer
    G. SODIMM
    Explanation
    SODIMM stands for Small Outline Dual Inline Memory Module. It is a type of memory module used in laptops and small form factor computers. SODIMMs are smaller in size compared to regular DIMMs, making them suitable for compact devices. They are commonly used for laptop memory upgrades and are available in different generations such as DDR, DDR2, and DDR3. SODIMMs provide a high-speed data transfer rate and are easily replaceable.

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  • 9. 

    Identify this memory: 

    • A.

      RAMBUS

    • B.

      DIMM

    • C.

      SIMM -72 pin

    • D.

      DDR

    • E.

      DDR2

    • F.

      DDR3

    • G.

      SODIMM

    • H.

      RIMM

    • I.

      SIMM - 30 pin

    Correct Answer
    H. RIMM
    Explanation
    RIMM stands for Rambus Inline Memory Module. It is a type of memory module that uses RDRAM (Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory) technology. RIMMs were used in high-performance computers during the late 1990s and early 2000s. They had a 184-pin connector and provided high bandwidth and low latency compared to other memory technologies of that time. However, RIMMs were expensive and had compatibility issues, which led to their decline in popularity.

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  • 10. 

    Identify this memory: 

    • A.

      RAMBUS

    • B.

      DIMM

    • C.

      SIMM - 72 pin

    • D.

      DDR

    • E.

      DDR2

    • F.

      DDR3

    • G.

      SODIMM

    • H.

      RIMM

    • I.

      SIMM - 30 pin

    Correct Answer
    H. RIMM
    Explanation
    RIMM stands for Rambus Inline Memory Module. It is a memory module used in computers that uses Rambus technology. RIMM modules have a high data transfer rate and are commonly used in high-performance systems. They have a different physical design compared to other memory modules, with a row of pins on each side. RIMM modules are not compatible with other types of memory modules, so they cannot be used interchangeably.

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  • 11. 

    Identify this memory: 

    • A.

      RAMBUS

    • B.

      DIMM

    • C.

      SIMM - 72 pin

    • D.

      DDR

    • E.

      DDR2

    • F.

      DDR3

    • G.

      SODIMM

    • H.

      RIMM

    • I.

      SIMM - 30 pin

    Correct Answer
    C. SIMM - 72 pin
    Explanation
    SIMM - 72 pin refers to Single Inline Memory Module with 72 pins. It was a type of memory module used in older computers, particularly in the 1990s. The SIMM - 72 pin module had a 32-bit data path and was commonly used in early Pentium and 486 systems. It provided a maximum memory capacity of 32MB. The term "SIMM" stands for Single Inline Memory Module, which means that all the memory chips are soldered onto a single circuit board. The 72 pins on the module were used to connect it to the motherboard.

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  • 12. 

    Identify this memory: 

    • A.

      RAMBUS

    • B.

      DIMM

    • C.

      SIMM - 72 pin

    • D.

      DDR

    • E.

      DDR2

    • F.

      DDR3

    • G.

      SODIMM

    • H.

      RIMM

    • I.

      SIMM - 30 pin

    Correct Answer
    I. SIMM - 30 pin
    Explanation
    SIMM stands for Single In-Line Memory Module. It is a type of memory module used in older computer systems. The 30-pin SIMM was commonly used in computers during the 1980s and early 1990s. It had a 30-pin connector and could hold up to 8MB of memory. The SIMM module provided a simple and compact way to add memory to a computer system. However, it has been largely replaced by newer memory technologies such as DIMM and SODIMM.

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  • 13. 

    Ram is an example of: 

    • A.

      DRAM

    • B.

      SRAM

    • C.

      SDRAM

    • D.

      RAMBUS

    Correct Answer
    A. DRAM
    Explanation
    DRAM stands for Dynamic Random Access Memory, which is a type of computer memory that stores each bit of data in a separate capacitor within an integrated circuit. Ram is an example of DRAM because it is a type of memory that allows data to be stored and accessed randomly, and it uses a dynamic storage technology. SRAM, SDRAM, and RAMBUS are also types of computer memory, but they have different characteristics and technologies compared to DRAM.

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  • 14. 

    DRAM stands for _______ RAM.

    Correct Answer
    dynamic
    Dynamic
    DYNAMIC
    Explanation
    DRAM stands for Dynamic Random Access Memory. It is a type of computer memory that stores each bit of data in a separate capacitor within an integrated circuit. The term "dynamic" refers to the fact that the capacitors need to be constantly refreshed in order to retain their data, unlike static RAM (SRAM) which does not require refreshing. Therefore, the correct answer is "dynamic" regardless of the capitalization.

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  • 15. 

    Memory in a memory cache is :

    • A.

      ECC RAM

    • B.

      SDRAM

    • C.

      DRAM

    • D.

      SRAM

    Correct Answer
    D. SRAM
    Explanation
    SRAM stands for Static Random Access Memory, which is a type of memory commonly used in memory caches. Unlike DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) which requires constant refreshing to retain data, SRAM retains data as long as power is supplied to it. It is faster and more expensive than DRAM, making it suitable for cache memory where speed is crucial. ECC RAM (Error-Correcting Code RAM) is a type of RAM that can detect and correct errors, but it is not specifically related to memory caches. SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory) is a type of DRAM that is synchronized with the system bus, but it is not specifically related to memory caches. Therefore, SRAM is the correct answer.

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  • 16. 

    SRAM stands for ________ RAM.

    Correct Answer
    static
    Static
    STATIC
    Explanation
    SRAM stands for Static RAM. The term "static" refers to the fact that SRAM does not require refreshing like Dynamic RAM (DRAM) does. SRAM retains its data as long as power is supplied to the memory cells, making it faster and more reliable than DRAM. The case sensitivity of the answer options does not affect the correctness of the answer.

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  • 17. 

    SDRAM stands for ______________________ DRAM.

    Correct Answer
    synchronous
    Explanation
    SDRAM stands for synchronous DRAM. Synchronous refers to the fact that the memory operates in synchronization with the system clock. This means that data can be transferred to and from the memory at a fixed rate, allowing for faster and more efficient data access compared to asynchronous DRAM. Synchronous DRAM is commonly used in modern computer systems for its improved performance and reliability.

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  • 18. 

    SDRAM is a type of DIMM.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    SDRAM is a DIMM that runs synchronous with the system clock.

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  • 19. 

    The first DIMM to run synchronized with the system clock was: 

    • A.

      DRAM

    • B.

      SRAM

    • C.

      DDR

    • D.

      SDRAM

    • E.

      72 pin SIMM

    Correct Answer
    D. SDRAM
    Explanation
    SDRAM stands for Synchronous Dynamic Random-Access Memory, which means that it runs synchronized with the system clock. Unlike its predecessor, DRAM (Dynamic Random-Access Memory), which operates asynchronously, SDRAM uses the system clock to control the timing of data transfers. This synchronization allows for faster and more efficient memory access, making SDRAM a significant advancement in memory technology. Therefore, SDRAM was the first DIMM (Dual In-Line Memory Module) to run synchronized with the system clock.

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  • 20. 

    DDR is also known as:

    • A.

      RAMBUS

    • B.

      Double sided DIMM

    • C.

      Double data rate SDRAM

    • D.

      Double data rate DIMM

    • E.

      Double data rate DRAM

    Correct Answer
    C. Double data rate SDRAM
    Explanation
    DDR, which stands for Double Data Rate, is a type of SDRAM (Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory) that transfers data on both the rising and falling edges of the clock signal, effectively doubling the data transfer rate compared to traditional SDRAM. Therefore, the correct answer is "double data rate SDRAM".

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  • 21. 

    DIMM's use a _______ bit data path.  (numerical answer)

    Correct Answer
    64
    Explanation
    DIMMs (Dual In-Line Memory Modules) use a 64-bit data path. This means that they can transfer 64 bits of data at a time between the memory module and the processor. This allows for faster data transfer and processing, as more data can be transferred in a single operation.

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  • 22. 

    RAMBUS is also known as a: 

    • A.

      SIMM

    • B.

      RIMM

    • C.

      DIMM

    Correct Answer
    B. RIMM
    Explanation
    RIMM stands for Rambus Inline Memory Module. It is a type of memory module used in computer systems. Rambus is a technology company that developed this type of memory module. It is known for its high-speed data transfer capabilities and was primarily used in high-performance systems during the late 1990s and early 2000s. RIMM modules are designed to work with Rambus memory technology and are not compatible with other types of memory modules such as SIMM or DIMM.

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  • 23. 

    Pick the correct 2 answers: RIMM's that use a 16 bit data path have _______ notch(es) and _____________ pins.

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      30

    • E.

      73

    • F.

      124

    • G.

      184

    • H.

      232

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. 2
    G. 184
    Explanation
    RIMM's that use a 16-bit data path have 2 notches and 184 pins.

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  • 24. 

    Pick the correct 2 answers: RIMM's that use a 32 bit data path have _______ notch(es) and _____________ pins.

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      30

    • E.

      73

    • F.

      124

    • G.

      184

    • H.

      232

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. 1
    H. 232
    Explanation
    RIMMs that use a 32-bit data path have 1 notch and 232 pins.

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  • 25. 

    Can all motherboards run ECC or non-ECC memory?

    • A.

      Only server boards can run ECC memory.

    • B.

      All boards can run both.

    • C.

      You must read the motherboard specifications.

    Correct Answer
    C. You must read the motherboard specifications.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "You must read the motherboard specifications." This is because the ability to run ECC or non-ECC memory depends on the specific motherboard model. Some motherboards are designed to support ECC memory, while others may only support non-ECC memory. To determine which type of memory is compatible with a particular motherboard, it is necessary to refer to the motherboard specifications provided by the manufacturer.

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  • 26. 

    Can all motherboards run ECC or non-ECC memory?

    • A.

      Only server boards can run ECC memory.

    • B.

      All boards can run both.

    • C.

      You must read the motherboard specifications.

    Correct Answer
    C. You must read the motherboard specifications.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "You must read the motherboard specifications." This is because not all motherboards are capable of running both ECC and non-ECC memory. The compatibility of memory types depends on the specific motherboard model and its specifications. Therefore, it is necessary to refer to the motherboard specifications to determine whether it supports ECC or non-ECC memory.

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  • 27. 

    Which is faster - an ECC memory or non-ECC memory?

    • A.

      ECC memory

    • B.

      Non-ECC memory

    • C.

      They run at the same rate

    Correct Answer
    B. Non-ECC memory
    Explanation
    Non-ECC memory is faster than ECC memory. ECC (Error Correcting Code) memory is designed to detect and correct errors in data, which adds an extra layer of processing and can slow down the memory's performance. On the other hand, non-ECC memory does not have this error correction capability, allowing it to operate at a faster speed. Therefore, non-ECC memory is the faster option compared to ECC memory.

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  • 28. 

    What type of error-checking do older SIMM's have?

    • A.

      None

    • B.

      Parity

    • C.

      ECC

    Correct Answer
    B. Parity
    Explanation
    Older SIMM's have parity error-checking. Parity error-checking is a method used to detect errors in data transmission. It involves adding an extra bit to each byte of data, which is used to check if the number of 1's in the byte is even or odd. If the number of 1's is odd, it means there is an error in the data. Parity error-checking is a basic form of error-checking and is less reliable compared to ECC (Error Correction Code), which can both detect and correct errors.

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  • 29. 

    A DIMM that has memory chips installed on both sides of the module is:

    • A.

      Dual ranked

    • B.

      Double sided

    • C.

      Also known as DDR2

    Correct Answer
    B. Double sided
    Explanation
    A DIMM that has memory chips installed on both sides of the module is referred to as double sided. This means that the memory chips are present on both the front and back sides of the DIMM module. Dual ranked refers to the organization of memory chips on a DIMM, where each rank has its own set of memory chips. DDR2 is a type of memory technology and is not directly related to whether the DIMM is single or double sided.

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  • 30. 

    Mark the correct answers:

    • A.

      Single sided DIMMs are known as SIMMS.

    • B.

      Single sided DIMMs are always single ranked.

    • C.

      Some double sided DIMMs are single ranked, meaning all chips on both sides of the DIMM are addressed at every read or write.

    • D.

      Dual and quad ranks have superior performance to single ranked chips.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Single sided DIMMs are always single ranked.
    C. Some double sided DIMMs are single ranked, meaning all chips on both sides of the DIMM are addressed at every read or write.
    Explanation
    Single sided DIMMs are always single ranked because they have memory chips on only one side of the module. Some double sided DIMMs are single ranked, meaning all chips on both sides of the DIMM are addressed at every read or write. This means that even though a DIMM is double sided, it can still function as a single ranked module if all the chips on both sides are accessed simultaneously. Dual and quad ranks, on the other hand, have superior performance compared to single ranked chips.

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  • 31. 

    Which of the following are true about DIMM channels?

    • A.

      All DDR2 memory is dual channel.

    • B.

      A dual channel motherboard accesses two banks of memory at the same time.

    • C.

      Dual channels double the speed of memory access.

    • D.

      On a triple channel motherboard with 4 slot, if the memory is inserted in the 4th slot, triple channelling is disabled.

    • E.

      On a triple channel motherboard with 4 slots, if matching memory is inserted into the first two slots, and the 3rd and 4th slots, the memory controller will use dual channels.

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. A dual channel motherboard accesses two banks of memory at the same time.
    C. Dual channels double the speed of memory access.
    D. On a triple channel motherboard with 4 slot, if the memory is inserted in the 4th slot, triple channelling is disabled.
    E. On a triple channel motherboard with 4 slots, if matching memory is inserted into the first two slots, and the 3rd and 4th slots, the memory controller will use dual channels.
  • 32. 

    A DDR3 memory stick with a rating of PC3-16000 runs at _______ MHz. (numeric answer)

    Correct Answer(s)
    2000
    Explanation
    The rating PC3-16000 indicates that the DDR3 memory stick has a peak transfer rate of 16000 MB/s. Since 1 MB/s is equal to 1 million bytes per second, the rating can be converted to 16,000,000,000 bytes per second. To convert this to MHz, we divide by 8 (since there are 8 bits in a byte) to get 2,000,000,000. Therefore, the memory stick runs at 2000 MHz.

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  • 33. 

    DIMM's that provide 2 64 bit banks are called:

    • A.

      DDR2

    • B.

      Double sided

    • C.

      Dual ranked

    • D.

      Dual channeled

    Correct Answer
    B. Double sided
    Explanation
    DIMMs that provide 2 64-bit banks are called "double sided". This means that the memory module has memory chips on both sides of the module, allowing for a higher memory capacity. Each bank represents a separate set of memory chips, and having two banks doubles the data transfer rate and increases the overall memory capacity.

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  • 34. 

    Double sided DIMM's that provide two 64 bit banks are called:

    • A.

      DDR2

    • B.

      Double sided

    • C.

      Dual ranked

    • D.

      Dual channeled

    Correct Answer
    C. Dual ranked
    Explanation
    Dual ranked DIMMs are double sided DIMMs that provide two 64-bit banks. This means that they have two sets of memory modules on each side, allowing for increased memory capacity and performance. Dual ranked DIMMs are commonly used in servers and high-performance computing systems where large amounts of memory are required. Unlike single ranked DIMMs, which have only one 64-bit bank, dual ranked DIMMs provide better memory bandwidth and can handle more simultaneous data transfers.

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  • 35. 

    A double sided DIMM can be single ranked.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A double-sided DIMM refers to a type of memory module that has memory chips on both sides of the module. The term "single ranked" refers to the organization of the memory chips on the module. In this case, a double-sided DIMM can indeed be single ranked, meaning that all of the memory chips on the module are accessed in a single operation. This is in contrast to dual-ranked DIMMs, which have memory chips organized into two separate ranks.

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  • 36. 

    What is a memory bank?

    • A.

      Physical stick of RAM

    • B.

      The slot memory goes into

    • C.

      The memory a processor addresses at one time

    • D.

      The DRAM in a computer

    Correct Answer
    C. The memory a processor addresses at one time
    Explanation
    A memory bank refers to the portion of memory that a processor can access at any given time. It is not a physical stick of RAM or the slot where memory is inserted, but rather the specific portion of memory that the processor can interact with. This allows the processor to read or write data to and from that specific area of memory.

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  • 37. 

    Dual rankeed refers to the physical location of chips on a DIMM?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Dual ranked refers to the organization of memory chips on a DIMM, not their physical location. Dual ranked DIMMs have memory chips on both sides of the module, while single ranked DIMMs have chips on only one side. Physical location of the chips on a DIMM does not determine whether it is single ranked or dual ranked. Therefore, the given statement is false.

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  • 38. 

    Double sided refers to how the memory on the DIMM is addressed.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is incorrect. "Double sided" does not refer to how the memory on the DIMM is addressed. It actually refers to the physical layout of the memory chips on the DIMM. A double-sided DIMM has memory chips on both sides of the module, while a single-sided DIMM has memory chips on only one side. The addressing of the memory on the DIMM is determined by the memory controller and the memory addressing scheme used by the system.

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