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post #1 of 31
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Im just upgrading my mobo and need new DDR3 RAM.

Ill probly only get 4GB, I generally use the computer for light gaming (civ 4 and 5, starcraft 2), light photoshop and basics (internet with lots of tabs, dls, and movies)

I dont know whats good to get

Any help?

Im getting an Asus M5a97 R.2 mobo,
I have an Athlon II x3 455 CPU
Sapphire 7770 OC GPU

and if it helps
Samsung 128GB SSD
Corsair 500w PSU

Thanks!
post #2 of 31
If price is no object, Crucial with no heatsinks on it, followed by other Crucial.

Don't assume that heatsinks indicate better quality because they don't.
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that one has a kinda plate on it, not sure if i should avoid that aswell as heatsinks? do the non-plate crucial RAMs come at a better quality / better price?

also the Asus M5a97 R.2 mobo supports up to 1866MHZ, but my CPU Athlon II x3 455 only supports up to 1333MHz, does that mean i should limit my RAM to 1333MHz? Ive noticed lower latency in the lower MHz RAM, so should i go for lower latency as I may not get the benefit of higher MHz with my CPU?
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I'd bet on heatsinked Micron/Crucial modules being better than all other bramds of heatsinked memory of the same clock speed rating. However, that 1866 MHz, 9-9-9-27 memory is definitely not made from 1866 MHz, 9-9-9-27 chips because:

1) Micron's 1866 MHz chips are rated only 13-13-13: http://www.micron.com/products/dram/ddr3-sdram#fullPart&219=4

2) fat chance that 1866 MHz chips were used because it's very unusual to see chips faster than 1600 MHz in retail memory modules, and here's a Ballistix Sport module rated 1600 MHz with chips rated "-15E", meaning 1333 MHz:



Also the 7-7-7-24 rating of the above module is faster than the 9-9-9 ratings of the chips.

I don't know the quality differences between Ballistix Sportster and Ballistix Tactical, but a photo of a 1333 MHz version of the latter:



shows chips that seem to have a standard Micron part number (or at least part of one) with "BX" printed over it, while that Sportster module has no standard part number, just "256MX8-15E 3".

I'm actually making you worry too much. If you order the memory from a good dealer that doesn't make you pay shipping for returns, just buy the Ballistix, test it thoroughly (MemTest86 AND Gold Memory, each overnight), and run it at standard JEDEC speeds (usually the motherboard's defaults; otherwize CPU-Z can read the SPD and tell you what they are). OTOH if you must order from a dealer that's awful and doesn't handle returns, try to get no-heatsink Crucial/Micron with Micron part numbers printed on the chips.
post #6 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by larymoencurly View Post

I'd bet on heatsinked Micron/Crucial modules being better than all other bramds of heatsinked memory of the same clock speed rating. However, that 1866 MHz, 9-9-9-27 memory is definitely not made from 1866 MHz, 9-9-9-27 chips because:

1) Micron's 1866 MHz chips are rated only 13-13-13: http://www.micron.com/products/dram/ddr3-sdram#fullPart&219=4

2) fat chance that 1866 MHz chips were used because it's very unusual to see chips faster than 1600 MHz in retail memory modules, and here's a Ballistix Sport module rated 1600 MHz with chips rated "-15E", meaning 1333 MHz:



Also the 7-7-7-24 rating of the above module is faster than the 9-9-9 ratings of the chips.

I don't know the quality differences between Ballistix Sportster and Ballistix Tactical, but a photo of a 1333 MHz version of the latter:



shows chips that seem to have a standard Micron part number (or at least part of one) with "BX" printed over it, while that Sportster module has no standard part number, just "256MX8-15E 3".




I'm actually making you worry too much. If you order the memory from a good dealer that doesn't make you pay shipping for returns, just buy the Ballistix, test it thoroughly (MemTest86 AND Gold Memory, each overnight), and run it at standard JEDEC speeds (usually the motherboard's defaults; otherwize CPU-Z can read the SPD and tell you what they are). OTOH if you must order from a dealer that's awful and doesn't handle returns, try to get no-heatsink Crucial/Micron with Micron part numbers printed on the chips.


And then there was overclocking.wink.gif
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post #7 of 31
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Thanks. So Crucial is Micron?

Id like to try to get RAM that is likely to work as well as it says it does on the first try, altho im dealing with amazon so returns isnt a problem.

Thanks for the advice about Micron part numbers printed on the chips
post #8 of 31
Yes, Crucial is Micron, but try to get something without "CRUCIAL" written on the chips.
post #9 of 31
All I can say is just don't get corsair. -.-
I second his suggestion
I also have bought a ton of gskill memory (mainly the ripjaws...such a weird name) and never had a dead stick before. Grant it that probably just coincidence that I haven't run into a dead one yet, doubt they are special...never really looked into it.
Much better then about 1 out of every 4 sticks of corsair I've ever bought or dealt with were DOA and even more died later.
Will never buy them again.
Only thing i can think of that is worse is coolermaster power supplies. I'd rather have dead memory than my house on fire.
Edited by Syntaxvgm - 1/19/14 at 3:10am
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Who needs this radiators? If you in ur country can get memory as in my sig, ut will be the best deal!
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