Holiday Memory Guide

by Gary Key on 12/16/2008 3:00 AM EST
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  • hwarda - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - link

    "We eventually hit DDR2-1200 at 5-6-5-18 on 2.1V"

    Surprisingly, my Gskill 8800GBPI performs better than tested above. Mine running at SPD 5-5-5-15 @ 1258MHz with standard 1.8V VDIMM. Here's the result (careful, its 400Kb image):

    http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk11/hwarda/GSk...">http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk11/hwarda/GSk...
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  • crimson117 - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - link

    It's now $149.99 ($119.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) at Newegg!

    Sheesh... give newegg some clickthroughs, and they reward your readers with price hikes!
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  • InSearchOf - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - link

    ive decided on a 4GB kit for my build (2 x 2GB) but which company? out of these companies ( Corsair, G Skill, Mushkin) which has the best customer support and warranties? or i cant go wrong with either of them!

    since prices are so low now should i buy 2 of these kits now and save one for later down the road or could the non use hurt the memory or my warranty?

    i also learned that you should buy your memory from the same batch. how can i make sure that would be the case with either of these 3 companies? this the same as part number revision being the same on all the module kits you buy?

    need your advice

    thanks
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  • crimson117 - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - link

    If you order two kits at once from the same retailer, they'll probably come from the same manufacturing batch. However as long as you get the same part #, even if you space the orders apart you'll be okay.

    The problem with waiting is that memory part numbers can change often, so it might no longer be for sale if you wait a while to add a second kit to your rig.
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  • Acanthus - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    The same 7 makers that just got fined 2 years ago for price fixing are now in financial trouble because prices are too low.

    This means... wait for it... there has been oversupply for years and their illegal non-competition agreement was the only thing keeping them afloat.

    Here's hoping someone lets a few of them tank.
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  • Zoomer - Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - link

    Actually, hopefully not. The rest would just raise prices when that happens. Reply
  • Kibbles - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    Here's hoping that DDR3 will be $50 for 48GB (8x6GB) in 2 years! Reply
  • crimson117 - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    These after rebate prices are great - if you only want 4gb.

    None of the rebate forms I saw allowed more than one rebate per household. So if you were looking for 4x2gb, you're paying full price for one of the sets.
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  • crimson117 - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    Also, some of these rebates have expired.

    For example, the Crucial Ballistix 4GB DDR2-800 Kit (BL2KIT25664AA80A) is now $55.99 plus shipping, with no mail in rebate available.
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  • Kibbles - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    They have them over at mwave
    http://www.mwave.com/mwave/viewspec.hmx?scriteria=...">http://www.mwave.com/mwave/viewspec.hmx?scriteria=...
    $57.30+S/H and $30 Rebate
    I think the shipping is around $9. So about $37 shipped. mwave also has an ebay store front so you could get another few % off. I would have bought another pair if the live cashback thing was still 30%, but meh I don't really need 8GB =D
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  • Gary Key - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    Amazing how that happened about three hours after the article was posted. I do not like the rebate system for the most part. We discussed the rebate periods and most of them were to run this entire month, unfortunately this one did not. I am updating the text now. Reply
  • JeBarr - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    Just like computer hardware.....these guides were obsolete the moment they went up. Reply
  • Gary Key - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    I will update the guides each day this week, but you hit the nail on the head. :) Reply
  • sticks435 - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    Yesterday was the day to buy memory @ newegg. I got the Corsair sticks mentioned for $11 after rebate and the Egg's 15% back. I wonder if I could run them with my current Crucial modules. Same as listed here, just 2x1Gig. Reply
  • PerlFreak - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    Where can I find this settings you have used with the ASUS Mainboard.
    I have the same Memory and an Asus P6T Deluxe.

    Would be nice to see settings.
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  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    Have you used any of the Patriot Viper DDR3 1333 kits? I purchased a 4GB kit in a Newegg combo with a EP45T-DS3R for a system at work, and it would not run stably at the rated 1333 7-7-7-20 1.7V. Reply
  • Gary Key - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    I have used the Patriot DDR3-1333 tri-channel kits in a variety of motherboards without any problems. Please email me your kit number and I will see if we have it. I do not have that Gigabyte board but I do have the EP45C-UD3R. Reply
  • Slappy00 - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    I am surprised that Mushkin is considered a "budget" brand (a la GSkill, GEIL, ADATA). From the days of EDO sticks I have used Mushkin and have never been disappointed in performance or reliability.
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  • Gary Key - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    Mushkin is not a budget brand in our opinion, just they have a really good kit in the budget category. ;) Reply
  • royalcrown - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    Meh, i'm waiting for reasonably priced 4 gig modules, ddr2 and 3 ...then I'll buy. What is the sence of chipsets and boards that theoretically support 24 gig and I can only buy 12. Don't say no one uses 12 because virtual machines and virtual drives sure can use it, and to good end !
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  • mczak - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    not sure what you consider reasonable, but at least 4GB unbuffered ddr2-800 modules (or 2x4GB kits) can be bought quite easily, with prices roughly 4 times that of 2GB modules (so twice as expensive per MB, or about as expensive as 2GB DDR3 modules). Doesn't look outrageous to me, and if you really need 16GB of ram in your board I'm sure you can afford that easily (looks like your trying to build a cheap server or why else would you need to run that many virtual machines requiring so much ram). Haven't seen reasonably priced 4GB ddr3 modules yet, though I'm sure it won't take long now. Reply
  • Adul - Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - link

    Why not buy a server class motherboard then? Reply

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