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Hey all, I plan on building a new rig with an E2180. I was looking for some fairly cheap ram. I heard that Crucial made good kits, and I was looking at this 2x1Gb DDR2-800 kit. But after some quick searching around the forums, people are having all sorts of problem with the new single sided sets.

My question is, are they really that bad? If so, could you please recommend me a decent 2 gig kit for under $50.

Thanks.
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you should run 2 sticks anyways to run dual channel (128-bit), versus single channel (64-bit) . double the bandwidth.
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One of my sticks failed this weekend. I benched them a few weeks ago around 1000mhz probably around 10 times, 1100 3 or 4 and 1200 once. Other than that they've been in stock form. I crashed, ran memtest(in search of the problem)passed 1 full session, surfed the net for a minute, got an update that required a re-start, re-started (forgot to take memtest out), boots into memtest, then I get error withing a few seconds. I then turn the PC off for a while re-boot into memtest and it ran for about 4 hours then got another error.
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Originally Posted by RacerX View Post
you should run 2 sticks anyways to run dual channel (128-bit), versus single channel (64-bit) . double the bandwidth.
He is. It's 2x1 GB.

They're fine for stock but when you overclock, problems arise.
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not really. I have mixed pairs. they both will do 800 @ 3-3-3-9. I have had bad experiences with high clocks on nvidia boards. So im happy with tighter timings
    
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They aren't as bad as people make them out to be.

They are still a great set of ram for the money, and oc to around 1100Mhz.
But they are not the beasts they once were.
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The only thing that makes them bad is that the older version was so good.
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They aren't as bad as people make them out to be.

They are still a great set of ram for the money, and oc to around 1100Mhz.
But they are not the beasts they once were.
1100? Not any more.
post #9 of 24
I was able to get my single sided Ballistix (D9HNL) to 1140, but I can do the same with pretty much any CL4 DDR2-800.

Sticks based on ProMOS (forexample) chips will do the same speed, frequently cost less, don't die quite as often, and can manage tighter timings.

As dralb said, it's not that the current single sided Ballistix are "bad", it's just that the old ones were noticeably better.
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I am a little biased since I've gone through 3 sets of dbl and 1 set of single sided dd2-800. All died way to soon and the last set, which was single sided ended up in garbage disposal. I have no more patience with the RMA process so your right, They Are Definitely Not What They Used to Be.

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