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post #1 of 15 Old 07-04-2007, 05:57 AM - Thread Starter
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Greetings, fellow OCN'ers!

Well I finally got paid and it's time to spend some of my hard earned cash on some quality components.

As the RAM in my system sucks, and seeing as RAM is pretty cheap right now I will be purchasing some nice sticks of PC2-6400.

Now my knowledge of RAM is around average, and so input from you guys would be heavily appreciated. I'm looking for 2GB with at least CAS4 latency, my budget is up to £90. So far, I've got it narrowed down to these babies -

Ballistix - CAS4-4-4-12 - £88

G.Skill HK - CAS4-4-3-5 - £88

G.Skill HZ - CAS4-4-4-12 - £93

Now I'm a little confused by these specs - I have heard the HZ's are great - but what exactly makes them £17 more expensive than the PKs?
And just what is the deal with the HK's?! Cheaper than the HZ's but lower latencies? I'm missing a trick here. Please help me out!

Also, would I be correct in thinking I'm better off getting CAS4 6400 than CAS5 8500+?

Any input greatly appreciated! +rep for any light shed on the mysterious G.SKill HK's!

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I own both, the HK and HZ, and personally, I think both are great for overclocking and I've pushed them to 1000mhz on a 4-4-3-5.

Though the HKs took more voltage to hit 1K, and the HZs took 0.05v less, I'd say go for the HZs, they have Micron D9s whereas the HKs have hand-picked Promos which are not bad but I don't like that part of adding a 0.05v extra.

Plus the default Trc is 24 and that didn't get along too well with my P5WD2-Premium, so that's another thing that it may cause a hiccup in another MoBo.

G.Skill HZs, the best choice out of the 3.
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Wow, thanks for the info!

That was exactly what I needed to know +rep

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These will perform just as good if not better then the HZ and are way cheaper.

These are some of the best that you can get right now. Same price as the HZ but are far better. This is what I would get if I were you if you had the money which I dont know what vat is but the regular price is in your budget

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another vote for the hz's, got them running at DDR2 1073 with 5-5-5-15 timings @ 2.1 vdimm. excellent ram
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I was actually going to list those Crucial's but I thought three things would look tidier. lol.

They did catch my eye though. I guess I just hear good things about the HZ's more often than I do about the Ballistix...but I would like to save the cash, especially seeing as I'm having to buy my motherboard separately from scan and pay 2x postage.

What clocks/timings do you run your Ballistix at MADMAX?

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The ddr2 6400 set I had up to about 565mhz with 5-5-5-15 with 2.2-2.25v. Its been a while since I had those guys going. Could do atleast 480mhz 4-4-4 timings and further.

Basically they are the same binned chips as the HZ roughly. You will get about the same oc, people just recommend the HZ because for a bit there everyone jumped on the bandwagon and either bought them or were just I will recommend these just for the heck of it.

There are other brands out there that will do jsut as good or pretty good but I have had good luck with the crucial.

Now the ddr2 8500 set is just plain sick. I can do 600mhz with 2x1gb set at 2.18v with 5-5-5-13 timings stable. I have my 4x1gb sets running 500mhz 4-4-4-9 with 2.12v. If you had the extra money these are just aewsome sticks for the price.

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I might replace my current RAM for Ballistix Tracers. I think my RAM is limiting my overclocking ability. I can't, for the life of me, go any faster than my current setup.

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ballistix. much cheaper and WILL GET THE SAME oc as the HZ's. I have seen a pair running 24/7 at 520MHz (DDR 1040) with 4-4-4-12 and 2.2V
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Hmmm. Well now I really don't know what to get...I'm considering forgetting about the HZ's and getting either the PK's or the Ballisitix. The PK's seem attractive now because they are actually a fair bit cheaper, and run at lower vdimm so should hopefully last a little longer..

So I guess the only thing going for the HZ's still are it's 'D9 Micron' chips. A quick google tells me there are more than one type of D9, the best of which are said to be the 'Fat Body' D9DQT's.

To be honest, I don't really care. I'm not trying to break any records here, I just want a nice rig without breaking the bank.

So if anybody knows what those G.Skill PK's are capable of please do share.
I reckon if they can hit 450 at CAS4 I'll get them. If not, looks like the Ballistix.

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