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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by customh, 15 Jan 2006.

  1. customh

    customh conflagration.

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    Im curious what people think about ram and what is best. I prefer corsiar (xms of course)because its good quality and good price. I am far from RAM savvy so whats best, low CAS latencies or what? What is the RAM story????
     
  2. atanum141

    atanum141 I fapped to your post!

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    what are you gonna run them in? are you gonna overclock them and what size are you looking to get?
     
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Minimodder

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    google?..
    first... whats your computers purpose--> gaming or just browsing (clearly not) on the internet etc
     
  4. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    THIS is a good article to read, expecially if you're interested in overclocking. It's biased towards DFI boards, but it's still relevant.

    If you're not into overclocking then low latency DDR400 RAM that can run at timings of 2-2-2-5 at 1T for a dual channel board is best (see above article for an explanation if that means nothing to you). There's no point in getting DDR500 RAM unless you plan on running it at that.

    Corsair is good stuff, and I used to use it a lot. They make some very low latency stuff, and it's very reliable.

    It also depends on how much RAM you want. If you have a 939 or other dual chanel board, then you want, ideally, to use 2 DIMMs, e.g., If you want 2Gb, you should use 2x 1Gb modules, and not 4x 512 etc. This will usually allow for most boards to run at 1T instead of 2T (commands per clock cycle).

    Good makes include, Corsair, OCZ, Crucial, Mushkin, Patriot, Geil and Kingston.

    I've had good luck with Corsair. I recently used Crucial Ballistix, which is sexy as hell, but onfortunately, kept failing, so I'm currently in the market for either OCZ or Mushkin stuff.

    Others will be along soon to give their advice too no doubt.
     
  5. Shadowed_fury

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    Seconded, except my Crucial is finnnne ;)
     
  6. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    There's time yet :hehe:
     
  7. Shadowed_fury

    Shadowed_fury Minimodder

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    Shuuuush, your scaring me!
    Anyway, its absolutly fine for its rated speeds. ;)

    Doesn't like more than 260~ though, which is upsetting :(
     
  8. customh

    customh conflagration.

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    What is this 2225 at 1t-- i dont get the 1t part. Also im probably going for 2 gigs- as its the future. Might be an overclocker, might not, not sure yet. Comps purpose is a little gaming, net browsing, lots of music and media, and schoolwork, all of which i want to be fast. Was thinking this was good stuff for most systems. Also it will de finitly be 184 pin unbufered.
    Corsair twinx XMS
    Another twinx
    Gskill extreme
     
  9. Deviate

    Deviate What's a Dremel?

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    I've used Crucial (although not Ballistix), Mushkin, and now Corsair XMS TwinX PC3500LLPro (2 x 1GB). The Corsair has been the best performing RAM for me. It's rated at 438Mhz (2 x 219) @ 2-3-2-6-1t. And there are plenty of reviews where it hits 260Mhz with looser timings. The Crucial and Mushkin were both very stable, but just never really performed. Of course I wasn't so interested in that when I bought them. :D

    But, if you just want some good ram that will perform well for gaming and all without overclocking, and has plenty of overclocking potential too, then I can certainly recommend the Corsair.
     
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    customh conflagration.

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    Thanks a bunch hitman, always snooping around providing this smartypants- but good info. now, looking at my ram, basically what i want to consider is whether i want to overclock it and how stable it is and what its numbers are?
     
  12. hitman012

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    If you are planning on overclocking the 3800+, you will probably need slightly better RAM as its lower multiplier means that a higher HTT is required to hit the same clock speed as, say, a 4200+.

    You can run a divider on your RAM (i.e. run the RAM slower than the FSB/HTT), but even then you'll usually need to drive it out of spec in order to clock the processor. It depends on your budget, really.

    If you're definitely looking for two gigs with a fair amount of spend, some OCZ Platinum EB sticks will go on up to 260MHz+ with pretty tight timings, too, although above that some modules will cause errors in 3D applications but pass memtest/Prime just fine - strange :confused:. A good alternative to that would be two gigs of Mushkin Redline; it clocks similarly as (AFAIK) it uses the same chips as the OCZ. I'd normally recommend Crucial Ballistix, but they are having issues at the moment with reliability :(.

    If you are looking to spend a little less, 2GB of Corsair XMS comes in at a very reasonable price point and they should be able to go up to around 230MHz, although I've not had experience with these myself and so can't give you a huge amount of info. I also hear very good things about that G.Skill stuff that you listed, although again I haven't used it myself so I can't relay any personal experience. Nice price, too - it almost costs that in £GBP here :grr:
     
  13. customh

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    Haha, i like the way g.skill looks (spec wise), so im going to see what thats like in next system possibly. If I do the build my friend and I are planning first (a BMW themed box) it will have corsair, but if i do my lian li v2100 plus first then itll have gskill. Thanks hitman, as always. /me torn between mushkin, gskill and corsair now (ocz too spendy)
     

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