Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate, UK Case Study

Ortial Memory and SSDs help children build their own computers

"You can use any manufacturer for RAM and SSDs and the only real difference is price. Brands like Intel are a lot more expensive and there is no real gain. If hard drives were failing all the time, then I wouldn't use them, but that's not the case" 

Dave Millington, Director of ICT at Thorpe Underwood

Queen Ethelburgas Case Study


Queen Ethelburga's Collegiate is an independent school for children aged 3 months to 18 years in Thorpe Underwood, which is between Harrogate and York. There are four sites on campus. The IT department has favoured mini computers for some years because of their small desk footprint and the opportunity they provide to refurbish IT equipment in house.

Modular in design, children as young as 7 years of age are able to "rebuild" computers by salvaging components from old machines, buying replacement RAM and SSDs for broken parts, and assembling new machines.

Queen Ethelburgas Case Study


The IT team at Queen Ethelburga's were looking for high quality SSD and RAM that would fit inside the Intel NUC Mini PC's but offer a lower price point than Intel parts. Since SSDs and RAM have become commodity items, they favoured a third party supplier that would flash within the system with no conflict.

Key Benefits

  • Third party RAM & SSDs 10% cheaper than Intel alternative

  • Proven compatibility with Intel NUCs

  • Easily assembled by children as part of ICT learning

Queen Ethelburgas Case Study


Ortial's preferred supplier Techbuyer suggested 8GB Ortial SODIMM RAM and 240GB SATA M.2 SSDs, which represented a cost saving of 10% compared to the Intel alternative. With no compromise on quality or performance, these components were 100% compatible with the NUCs, presented zero conflict, and were easily inserted into the mini computers by children as part of their ICT learning that term. The parts were also supplied with a lifetime warranty (RAM) and 10 year warranty (SSD) for complete piece of mind.

Queen Ethelburgas Case Study


Established in 2013, Ortial Technologies is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of memory, storage and networking components specialising in server, desktop and notebook memory DIMMs, solid state drives and SFP & GBIC transceiver modules. Ortial offers products at a substantial price differential compared to established tier one brands, whilst still maintaining high levels of quality and performance. Ortial's globally supported components are 100% compatible for use with all leading brands of laptop's, PC's and servers, with each designed and produced to achieve the exact specification of the OEM.

If you are interested in finding out how Ortial Technologies can help you maximise your IT budget then please get in touch for more information.

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