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Old 10-23-2003, 03:19 PM   #1
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Post RAM Brands


Are there real difference between brands of RAM chips, or is it just marketing? I want to get a 512mb chip for my machine, and the prices I found range from 34$ to 74$.

If you use the configurator on that page with my specs:
Manufacturer: ECS
Motherboard: P4VXMS

You'll see it says 'major brand chips only', which of course is the 75$ one. Is it that important? Or is that just to get consumers to spend the extra money?
 
Old 10-23-2003, 03:32 PM   #2
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You'll find a hundred different answers to this question, but I'll give you mine, which comes from my personal experience. I usually by mid-priced RAM, and rarely have had problems doing so, I've got associates who buy the most expensive they can find, going on the "more expensive is better" theory, and I know others who only buy a particular brand. My advice is this, take into consideration how mission critical the box you are building is. For example, the PC you use at home to goof around on the net with is not nearly as important as the fileserver box at your office. In my experience, with all other criteria being the same (size, speed etc) I've not seen enough difference in different brands of ram to make it worth my while to worry about.....

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Old 10-24-2003, 12:24 AM   #3
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I agree with MrSmee 95%. I bought 2 128MB stick of generic, no-name memory before and had to send them back 2 times before I got 2 that worked and then a 3rd time before I got two that worked when they were in my system at the same time. So my advice is not to worry about which brand so long as you actually get a brand. Also don't forget to check for a lifetime warranty. This is just my $.02 of course so you don't have to listen if you don't want to.
 
Old 10-24-2003, 01:05 AM   #4
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i bought 2 512 sticks of generic ram for 86 bucks (that was the total with shipping).


i recently had to buy more RAM, maybe the sticks are still good but when i put either one or both of the old 512s in the box, BIOS just gives me the "bad ram" beeps.

lost a gig of generic ram. like Aerlock said, check for a lifetime warranty.
 
Old 10-24-2003, 09:22 AM   #5
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I've been buying generic ram for years @ oem stores in atlanta. I've had a problems with exactly 1 stick of ram, and that started happening after it had ran fine on one machine, sawped out into another, and then ended up on a third machine, after about 2 years. I HIGHLY recomend buying good name brand ram for mission critical boxes though. ECC if possible. The speed is not really a reason, but cheaper ram tends to have more defects that can in some cases cause aplications to crash. On the system that had bad ram, running make world on my Freebsd box would always cause make to die. But the rest of the system ran fine... One more thing, Memtest86 is a GNU program that tests ram, that works really well. You'd be surpiresed that the errors that it will find on ram that's been running fine for a while. Thats my $.02.
 
Old 10-24-2003, 05:03 PM   #6
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Awesome. Thanks everyone.

(And memtest86 is the reason I knew I had bad RAM to begin with; definitely a great little program.)
 
  


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