08-12-2011, 09:01 PM
| | Re: RAM brands
> I'm playing catch-up these days after neglecting to keep myself
> up-to-date on hardware development for quite some time due to
> heavy involvement in other things.
> Now, when I read enthusiasts talk about memory, it's mostly about
> Corsair and G.Skill and their Ripjaws, XMS, Dominator, Vengeance
> and so on. I also read a lot about RMAs and things that go kaput
> unexpectedly. I see little mention of Kingston, Transcend, AData
> and the like. What's the current status of these other brands?
> I'm more interested in reliability than in an extra 1 or 2
> percentage points in benchmarks.
Use the Newegg customer reviews and see how many of them report
problems. That's how I select RAM (and then buy it from a
Canadian source, to avoid brokerage fees).
I've had good luck with all the Kingston I've bought in the last
But reading the Newegg reviews, will give you a lot
more raw data to work with. And don't just rely on the summary
numbers, because at least a small percentage of the customers...
are idiots :-) Sometimes, they'll come to a negative conclusion
about a product, for unjustified reasons. For example, someone
buys 2.2V RAM, runs it at 1.8V, then complains that it had
"thousands of errors". You have to skim through the reviews, and
remove negative reviews where the problem was "operator error".
RAM can only be expected to meet its stated spec. And if you
buy "high voltage" RAM, then there is a reasonable expectation
it is going to need some of that voltage, to be error free.
In some cases, it is the motherboard chipset that is to blame. And then,
the RAM gets unfairly blamed, when virtually any brand would
have had problems.
But if you crack open the reviews, and see six "DOA" reports in a
row, that's a simple way of discovering you should stay away from
the product. For some products, it doesn't take more than a
second or two of examination, to move on to the next product.