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all this talk of RAM around here got me curious about some companies i havent really looked into before. i was doing some price comparison between the companies as well and found something rather curious.


kingston sells their pc2 9600 ddr2 1200mhz(5-5-5-15 2t) hyper x driect for 245$ and thats a 2 gig kit.

companies such as g.skill, mushkin, corsair, and ocz were selling a 2 gig kit of dd2 8500 with 5-5-5-15 2t timings(or similar setups) for equal or sometimes more money than the kingston.

i thought that was really weird, and didnt know what to think about about it. now im not bad mouthing these companies, and from what i understand they make great products and are very reputable, but i didnt think this to make too much sense.
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Originally Posted by antesignani View Post
all this talk of RAM around here got me curious about some companies i havent really looked into before. i was doing some price comparison between the companies as well and found something rather curious.


kingston sells their pc2 9600 ddr2 1200mhz(5-5-5-15 2t) hyper x driect for 245$ and thats a 2 gig kit.

companies such as g.skill, mushkin, corsair, and ocz were selling a 2 gig kit of dd2 8500 with 5-5-5-15 2t timings(or similar setups) for equal or sometimes more money than the kingston.

i thought that was really weird, and didnt know what to think about about it. now im not bad mouthing these companies, and from what i understand they make great products and are very reputable, but i didnt think this to make too much sense.
If you're going to compare apples to apples, you have to look at more than just rated speed and latencies. There are important pieces missing such as PCB and the actual memory ICs used on the sticks.
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If you're going to compare apples to apples, you have to look at more than just rated speed and latencies. There are important pieces missing such as PCB and the actual memory ICs used on the sticks.
yeah, you could bring that aspect in. but i wouldnt think it would be cause for a difference..ill look into that though
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yeah, you could bring that aspect in. but i wouldnt think it would be cause for a difference..ill look into that though
Of course it makes a difference. Micron D9's will bring a premium price because they'll clock higher
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just an asumption but kingston quantity>quality and the other companies quantity<quality.
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Of course it makes a difference. Micron D9's will bring a premium price because they'll clock higher
in reference to what you said about pcb ICs, g.skill uses a 6 layer PBC, but i couldnt find kingstons..im still doing more recon on the matter.

lol i dont think i could clock my kingstons any higher since the max my mobo will support is 1200
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ok kingston and the g.skill 8500 hz both use Micron D9GKX (B6-25E), but i still cant find how many layers kingston uses.
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alright i found out how many layers it has, but i had to count the colors of the layers on a damn CAD schematic. it has six PCB layers.

so now that thats out of the way, i revert to my previous question.

also heres a pretty current list of ram modules http://ramlist.infinityx.nl/ddr2/
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just go for the best bang for buck
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antesignani:

I too was looking at Kingston. I used to really like them, back in the day. I had a talk with their tech dept and asked what type of chips they use. The answer regretably was that they do not regulate it that way but instead use whatever they get for a given batch. Meaning, sometimes they're microns and sometimes they're not.
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