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i bought a kingston ddr2 800 2x2gb kit kvr800d2n5/2g. im looking for another kit to match this one on ebay and noticed some have elpida chips and some have kingston chips. the kit i have has kingston chips. should i look for a kit that has the same or would i be ok with the elpida.
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First / safest choice would memory with the exact same Kingston ICs.
Second / worst choice would be anything else.
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FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
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Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
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Kingston doesn't actually manufacture any ICs. They are ALL rebranded ICs from other manufacturers. Regardless of what is printed on the IC, the chip itself is likely to be of a different brand and manufacturer. In fact, the chips on the DIMM itself could be from different manufacturers, mixed and mingled.

The important thing to remember is that Kingston memory has a lifetime guarantee, and is also guaranteed to run at the advertised speed and timings. If you have a problem with it, send it back to Kingston for replacement.

Don't count on Kingston "ValueRAM" to be overclockable at all. They put the binned ICs in HyperX products. Everything else goes in ValueRAM.

Greg
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