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post #1 of 32 Old 10-03-2008, 11:01 PM - Thread Starter
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I've narrowed my choices down to these two 4gb kits,

Crucial Ballistx DDR2-800 "A" revision

Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2-800

The Crucial sticks use the new IC revision, supposedly fixing the high failure rate issue. The Patriot are cheap, and have a decent track record. Does Patriot use the same IC's/PCBs in these as they do in the Vipers? Is the difference just a heatspreader? The other brand I would consider is Mushkin, but I would like to get 8gb, and they're a bit more expensive. I'm partial to Crucial, but I've always wanted to try Patriot. Anyone have any suggestions either way? Thanks.

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Crucial definitely, as long as it's double sided..better hope it is. I've had Patriot, it was good, but not " OH MAN WOW 8) ". Cruicial also has much more support and a larger knowledge base about things

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I use both :

Crucial BalistiX Tracer (PC-6400) 800mhz

Mushkin (PC2-8500)


And I would recommend both

I had some issues at first with the BalistiX and thought it was the ram itself...But after careful trial and error I found that it was not the BalistiX but the mother board Bios itself, so I down graded Bios and everything works like a dream.


I have never used Patriots but I have heard good things about them aswell

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hey my cheap patriot stuff from there value line of some sort is taking a OC like a champ stock 667 and currently running at 870
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I say Patriot, your taking a gamble when you buy Crucial.

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I've only had bad luck with Crucial when attempting to OC them. Run at stock they've always been fine for me.

Personally I have these Mushkin chips OC'd to 1066 5-5-5-15. Supposedly they'll go all the way to 1200, though I haven't tried to push them yet.

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I'd probably take the Crucials for their customer support. These look like a good buy.
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I've only had bad luck with Crucial when attempting to OC them. Run at stock they've always been fine for me.

Personally I have these Mushkin chips OC'd to 1066 5-5-5-15. Supposedly they'll go all the way to 1200, though I haven't tried to push them yet.
Really, I've never had a problem with the OCing. Just sudden death, until I learned not to run 2.2v through them. Then no more deaths and the tightest timings I've ever got on any cheap 800mhz memory. 900mhz 4.3.3.3 2T on 1.9v and 1000 4.4.4.12 1T on 1.9v is the best I could muster.... For some reason my BIOS update changed that, now I have to run them at 2.0v for anything over stock. I'll also add these are the ones rated for 2.2v.
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My Patriots do just fine, but when I go 4GB, I'm going Mushkin Redline Ascent DDR2-1000 5-5-5-12

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