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I have used quite a bit of different memory brands over the years. Many to great success without ever having an issue.

However, when I see the question "what brand of memory is the best?", most people give an answer based on what they have owned, their own limited knowledge, and based on what they hear others say. Not many people I know have had a sound knowledge to what each brands do in order to produce or ensure top quality products. And as most say RAM in this day and age is all largely similar and minimal performance difference. For instance, as long as you are at 1600 CL 9 on DDR3, most increases from there don't yield tremendous results. Most tests I have seen on websites give a real world difference of up to 3-4% when going to higher timings/overclocking. Three to four percent for what is likely either considerably more money for the marginal improvement and/or potentially lessening the lifespan of your RAM is not worth it in my opinion.

I state this in an overclocking forum that is based on squeezing every ounce of speed you can out of a computer. However, we all know OCN is much more than just about that. We have a lot of knowledgeable people on here to steer you to good quality products, hardware/software guides, bench-marking, online deals, custom building, mechanical keyboard guide, in depth reviews, and more.

So in an effort to determine real answers based on actual knowledge, experience, and relevance I want to solicit your professional opinion on what good memory brands are and why. In particular I hear a lot of people say most are about the same these days and most memory companies don't even produce the actual chips/modules on the memory stick. However, they can order and specify certain memory, have great quality assurance, integrity, documentation, advertised timings are the actual default timings, good customer service and so forth. You could to refer to most memory companies as sticker companies as they don't actually manufacture the RAM (many don't). Some also do make their own memory and other strive for innovation such as smaller modules leading to less heat (i.e. Samsung). To top it off not only do you want the best of all the above, but you want to pay a reasonable amount of money and preferably the best price/performance to boot.

With all the above in mind, what do you find to be the best memory brand and why?



-- I want you to know that this is spurred on by the ample amount of people offering up advice and recommendations based on experience with one manufacture or purchase without really knowing even if their timings are right. Also, GSkill currently has the most popularity. But, others have had such popularity who have sense disappeared. GSkill has sent me two defective pairs and a defective SSD as well in less than a year. And I have heard others say their quality has lessened. So this also drove my curiosity as well as enthusiasts for pricey units such as redline mushkin units (what makes them so good and their price so high for instance).
Edited by RoddimusPrime - 1/4/12 at 4:55pm
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Brand in general does not matter, what matters are the ICs on the RAM. So i use this site to see what ICs what brands are using on different kits.
http://ramlist.i4memory.com/ddr3/
And do research on the various ICs.
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The chips are important and sometimes hard to find out, (sometimes serials removed before installation).
Binning techniques (sorting good Better BEST) used by the company are important to as they affect not only the final product (how good they preform), but also the Yield (how many they sell cheap/expensive/reject).
different companies have different policies, that effect there products and pricing
I have personally dealt with Kingston HyperX RAM and was disappointed with it's performance, I could never get it to run at specified speed and timing's and had lots of BSOD that were memory related.
I now have a set of RAM from a smaller company called TEAM from there extreme series and it will run at spec with less than spec voltage timings are defaulting to specified rates without being tweaked or using XMP profiles, I have stopped getting BSOD's and running quicker than ever.
I looked long and hard into getting the team ram, and read about the owner of the company and his new binning techniques, he was sponsoring a few comps at the time with his signature ram, and getting good reviews from people using them, so I gave Them a go and has worked out well for me. they are 3 channel so don't suit your propose but I have not looked at newer ram lately and do not know what is new, but a smaller less known company like team that has an active upper management that understands the product they are selling because they worked on it.
Anyway its not all in the chips it's also the techniques to select the correct sets of chips.
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Originally Posted by tuffarts View Post

The chips are important and sometimes hard to find out, (sometimes serials removed before installation).
Binning techniques (sorting good Better BEST) used by the company are important to as they affect not only the final product (how good they preform), but also the Yield (how many they sell cheap/expensive/reject).
different companies have different policies, that effect there products and pricing
I have personally dealt with Kingston HyperX RAM and was disappointed with it's performance, I could never get it to run at specified speed and timing's and had lots of BSOD that were memory related.
I now have a set of RAM from a smaller company called TEAM from there extreme series and it will run at spec with less than spec voltage timings are defaulting to specified rates without being tweaked or using XMP profiles, I have stopped getting BSOD's and running quicker than ever.
I looked long and hard into getting the team ram, and read about the owner of the company and his new binning techniques, he was sponsoring a few comps at the time with his signature ram, and getting good reviews from people using them, so I gave Them a go and has worked out well for me. they are 3 channel so don't suit your propose but I have not looked at newer ram lately and do not know what is new, but a smaller less known company like team that has an active upper management that understands the product they are selling because they worked on it.
Anyway its not all in the chips it's also the techniques to select the correct sets of chips.

I would agree and the first poster listed of course the site that reviews the chips themselves. Top that off with not only the technique to select the chips, but the customer service, etc. then I think you could find yourself some good ram from all points of view. However, seems like a lot of research is needed for such a thing and thus why most people just go by the reviews on a site and by the specs they need/want.
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