He doesn't expect to get 900 dollars of ram back, but 9-11-9-27 memory is indisputably slower than the same amount and speed of 8-8-8-24 memory, even if it's not usually a perceptible difference.
Hell, companies like Corsair exist on that marginal difference that exists largely in benchmarks. For them to deny it is to invalidate their entire business model of selling overpriced memory so a handful of people can get half a second better in superpi. It's the height of hypocrisy.
Originally Posted by Johnny Guitar
Your expensive old crap is not worth what it once was, and if something much cheaper can give you the same experience, then it's value has thusly depreciated.
The OPs memory is not worth 900 dollars, it's worth whatever it takes to get him 12GiB of RAM that performs at least as well.
Your 9800 is not worth 300 dollars, it's worth whatever gets you the same frame rates, benchmark scores, PPD, or Mhash/sec.
Warranties are not insurance against depreciation, they are safeguards against the chance of premature failure, so if something breaks, you don't lose anything. It's not a ticket to a substantial upgrade years down the line, or a 900 day step-up program.