RAM for HP Compaq Presario 6000

The HP Compaq Presario 6000 is a desktop computer released in 2002. It came with a 1.8 GHz Athlon XP 2200+ processor. The HP Compaq Presario 6000 was marketed as a general purpose computer with a mid-range graphics card for the time and moderate specs. It was aimed at both the home and business market.

Type of RAM

The HP Compaq Presario 6000 uses DDR or dual data rate (RAM) RAM. Specifically, it can use DDR PC 2700 or DDR PC 3200 RAM. DDR Ram has backward compatibility. Some faster types (defined by the number in the name) can be used on machines that support slower variations of RAM. However, installing a module from a high speed RAM that the computer cannot support directly will not result in faster memory access.

Physical type

The HP Compaq Presario 6000 uses RAM. Desktop RAM is packaged in DIMM modules or in two embedded memory modules. The phrase "embedded memory module" refers to the overall shape of the module core; "dual" refers to the fact that there are memory chips on both sides of the module.


The correct type of RAM for the HP Compaq Presario 6000 is the standard DIMM module. These modules are 133.35 mm long, 30 mm high, and 4 mm wide. They tend to be green, like most electronics, and will have small black chips on either side. Some modules are different colors or have heat sinks covering the chips. The best way to determine if a given module is the correct DIMM module is to check the pins on the bottom. The correct DIMM module will have 240 pins divided into two groups across the bottom.


When DDR-RAM was introduced, it was a marked improvement over the previous PC RAM standard, PC-133. The PC 2700 standard runs at 166 MHz, making it slightly faster than the first DDR standard. PC 2700 has been replaced twice within the standard DDR structure, and DDR itself has been replaced by DDR2 and DDR3. So, by comparison, the amount of RAM in the HP Compaq Presario 6000 is at a very low level of acceptability as of May 2010.


As of May 2010, DDR 2700 PC RAM (also known as DDR-333) and 3200 PC RAM (also known as DDR-400) are still available. The HP Compaq Presario 6000 supports up to 2 GB of RAM spread over two memory slots. The largest amount of RAM that can be placed on a single module is 1 GB. As this computer and its associated technology ages, its availability will eventually decrease once manufacturers stop making the chips needed to make DDR RAM.

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