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Hey guys, I'm about to purchase 2x4GB of Super Talent RAM. I have two choices (both cost the same price $65), one has Samsung chips, and the other one has Micron chips. I know these are entry level, but I've heard Micron chips are better at overclocking. I don't really want to overclock these immensely, but I do want to get some extra performance.

Both modules are rated 1333Mhz 9-9-9-36 (or 9-9-9-28, not sure really) @ 1.5V.

SuperTalent model with Samsung: WA133UX8GS
SuperTalent model with Micron: WA133UX8GM

Thanks!
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That's kind of like asking "Is a vehicle made by Ford Motor Company better than one made by General Motors?" ...it depends on the vehicle!

Both Samsung and Micron are chip manufacturers, and both make many different chips.

What you really need to know is which chips (ICs and Eprom) are actually on the memory you propose to buy. That's pretty much impossible as memory manufacturers (like Super Talent) often change chips within the same memmory product. Today it may be one Samsung IC and tomorrow another.

The only way to know for sure is to remove the heat spreader and read the actual IC manufacturer's model number.

I, personally, have had more luck overclocking Samsung ICs.

In the GM vs Ford analogy, I've had more luck with overclocking Samsung ICs. But there may be many exceptions for particular ICs.

You can noodle around various forums and perhaps find someone who has your memory (with the exact same revision number in the part number) and see if they know.
Edited by billbartuska - 2/3/11 at 1:26pm
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It depends on the individual model of the ICs. Since you can't tell either, just go with the cheapest, since they're both generic. Especially if you don't want to overclock either.
Samsung ICs usually run hotter; some models (HCF0) may overclock similarly to their D9 counterparts with less voltage, but most other Samsung ICs are more on the generic end and crummy.
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Thank you, very informative. I've orded the Micron set. Both sets don't have heatsinks so it'll be easier identifying the ICs. There was a set with heatsinks but the chips were "generic".
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If they're good ICs (i.e. Micron D9JNM, D9GTR, etc.) you will want to purchase those heatsinks, bump that voltage to ~1.9V and push it to the max biggrin.gif D9s can be very capable if you don't mind adding up the voltage. Earlier this year I was about to land a D9JNM kit but that didn't pull through.
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Just received my order and the ICs are OSD77 D9LGK (is the OSD77 something like a batch number?). My motherboard is still in RMA so I'll see what I can get out of these @1.65V when it comes back.

BTW $68 for these with KICKOFF coupon (-$12).
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=W1333UX8GM&title=Super-Talent-DDR3-1333-8GB-2x4GB-Dual-Channel-Micron-Chip-Memory-Kit

They look the same as the Samsung modules.
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Definitely not one of the special D9GTR, D9GTS or D9JNM.
Here's a D9GLK kit review. At 1.5V it could manage 748Mhz(1496Mhz) @ CL9 and CL8 @ 1333Mhz. Micron D9s usually overclock the best with high voltage, i.e. push 1.8-1.9V or more.
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Micron FTW. smile.gif
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Definitely not one of the special D9GTR, D9GTS or D9JNM.
Here's a D9GLK kit review. At 1.5V it could manage 748Mhz(1496Mhz) @ CL9 and CL8 @ 1333Mhz. Micron D9s usually overclock the best with high voltage, i.e. push 1.8-1.9V or more.

I'm not pushing it higher than 1.65V until I get some nice heatsinks (I checked eBay but they all seem cheap). Glad to know it can run CL8 at 1333Mhz @ 1.5V, I appreciate the link smile.gif
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