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what are the top 10 memory brands?


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#1 dnst3

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:34 PM

one of my samsung pc2 5300 sticks died recently and now i need to replace it or upgrade to a 2gb kit + the 1gb thats still working in the pc as we speak. i was aiming for pny but after some google searches they dont seem to be as popular, i think? what am i looking for? cheap prices for quality ram... arent we all? ;) the machine is running windows vista home and the processor is Athlon 64 X2 (:thumbsup: 4000+ 2.1 GHz. i dont really have to go all the way to 3 gb but i thought it might add in the performance. so does anyone have any suggestions ? thanks in advance for your time.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 07:46 PM

In my time playing with my personal computers...I have only had a RAM problem 1 time and that was with some new modules from one of the more well-respected sources of RAM (crucial.com).

I don't buy "top ten" or "namebrand" RAM because I don't do anything requiring "performance RAM" or such in my systems. I strictly get the best value for what I want to spend, at that time...ensuring that I have the best value I can discern at that time regarding RAM modules.

Going by brands is somewhat misleading, anyway...since the large chip suppliers like Samsung and Micron...are really more important than the brand appearing as the seller (IMO). It's the chips...that are the RAM.

Rather than bore you with my simplicity, I suggest that you take a look at Memory FAQ..

The others here will share their opinions about their favorites..with you :thumbsup:.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 08:00 PM

It's a lot easier to list the brands I don't like/have had the toughest luck with.

OCZ and PNY are on my "avoid" list. OCZ wins the "most unstable" award. PNY wins the "dead out of the box" award.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 11:37 PM

Who made your RAM usually doesn't matter unless they are extremely unreliable. If your RAM passes an overnight Memtest without any errors, chances are it will last a good long time regardless of who made it. I have used OCZ and PNY RAM before and haven't had issues, but there is always a random chance something will go wrong even with the best brands. I've recently been using Patriot, Kingston, G.Skill, and A.Data.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:06 PM

I have OCZ RAM in my desktop and G.Skill RAM in my laptop. I have never had an issue with either.
I think G.Skill RAM is the best value but Kingston HyperX is the highest quality.
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:16 PM

I agree on avoiding OCZ. They used to make good memory, I had a 1GB (2x512) OCZ DDR400 EL and 2GB (2x1GB) OCZ DDR400 Platinum. But I wouldn't touch their current stuff (DDR2 or DDR3). Far too much negative press.

I would go with any of these brands: Mushkin, Kingston, Corsair, G.Skill, Crucial, Patriot

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 12:29 AM

Another consideration is what you are going to be doing with the computer. For computers that use applications that put a heavy demand on the memory most people will go with high performance modules like Crucial's Ballistix.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 02:17 AM

thanks a lot all for the information. ill be using the guide as well and staying away from pny :thumbsup: if anyone else would like to contribute that would be cool too.

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Posted 14 August 2010 - 12:08 AM

The Brand I use 99% of the time is Patriot Memory (and no, its not cuz its the same as my name or vice versa) I like the performance/price ratio they offer, every patriot stick Ive ordered has ran fine, is compatible with anything I throw them in, and perform well, as well as cool efficiently, their heat spreaders work really well. After that I like Corsair, I don't mind OCZ, used it and seen it a lot in my area its fairly popular, my only beef with it is its overpriced in my opinion, Patriot, Corsair, and G.Skill offer the same if not better performance and reliability, for less. Ive seen a lot of systems in my area with crucial and kingston ram that seem to run fine as well.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 03:26 PM

thanks again guys. this helped me choose a lot!




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