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Is ther much of a different? I'm guessing I should go with the tracer because it OC's better?

Memory N00b here.
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post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by iampoor View Post
Is ther much of a different? I'm guessing I should go with the tracer because it OC's better?

Memory N00b here.
Tracers are lighted
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Tracers have pretty lights like grunion said
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Tracers are lighted
Those lights are actually there to show memory bandwidth usage.. an important bit of info depending on what you do with your computer
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post #5 of 22
Tracers just have leds. Otherwise theres no difference, both are binned the same.

Also, stay away from Ballistix as right now they are single sided and horrible at OCing.
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Tracers=

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Quote:
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Tracers just have leds. Otherwise theres no difference, both are binned the same.

Also, stay away from Ballistix as right now they are single sided and horrible at OCing.
Marin, thanks for that, i was actually thinking about starting up a new thread to see if this rumor had any real heft to it..

Any particular brand folks are having good luck with the past few weeks?
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Im surprised everyone is commenting on how there is no difference. There is. The regular ballistix will clock slightly higher (10-15mhz), probably because of the heat generated by making all those LEDS run. The high burnout rate of ballistix certainly isnt helped by those LEDs. I would recommend going with the regular sticks. I have the tracers, and now I wish I didnt as I personally have had to RMA one set already, using it only at stock voltages.

I can find the link at xtremesystems if you all really need it, but its a long thread.

edit: to keep the proof wanters at bay, here's the link. Its a LONG read.
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=143009
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post #9 of 22
What does single versus double sided mean?

Edit: Found some info.

According to Wikipedia:

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When referring to RAM modules, the terms take on a less literal meaning. "Single sided" refers to a RAM expansion with a single "bank" of chips, which the computer can access all at once. The physical expansion card may have chips on both of its sides, or only on one side, but is considered to be single sided because the computer can "see" all of its memory at once.

"Double sided" RAM has its chips divided into two sides (called "banks"), only one of which can be seen at a time by the computer. Initially, these were created by essentially attaching two single-sided SIMM cards to the same PCB, but more modern chips use different wiring. Pins 33 and 45 on the board are used by double-sided memory, and can sometimes be an indicator as to whether a given module is single or double-sided. To use the second half of the storage available, the computer must switch to the second bank, and can no longer read or write to the first half until it switches back again.

Higher-end computer systems may wish to avoid using double-sided memory because of the reduced performance that results from the time needed to switch banks, however it is not a noticeable decrease for the majority of personal uses.
Source

So whether it has chips on one or both sides means nothing, and "single-sided" performance is supposedly better anyways. If the chips are only on one side for the 1GB modules now, then I suspect that's because they use the same chips for the 2GB modules, which will have them on both sides.

Although I don't know for sure.
    
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post #10 of 22
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What does single versus double sided mean?
Means there's IC's on either one side or both sides of the PCB.. back in the old says you couldnt mix the two (i think it was SDRAM, though it could've been RD)
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