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Old 08-25-2008, 12:03 AM   #1
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Default witch ram module is a better deal?

I plan on buying ddr2 800 ram but am perplexed in why the crucial ram is priced so high

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148076

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211066

couldn't i just buy the data ram and just overclock the voltage to 2.2 and set the timings to match the crucial module?
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: witch ram module is a better deal?

The Crucial RAM is higher quality. It's timings are 4-4-4-12, where the A-Data's are 5-5-5-18. Lower timings = better performance.

The Crucial RAM will overclock farther because it contains better quality chips, and it runs at a higher voltage rating.

Also, the Crucial RAM has some fancy LEDs.



Basically, as long as you're not a very hardcore overclocker or system enthusiast, the Crucial RAM wouldn't be worth it.
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:32 AM   #3
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Default Re: witch ram module is a better deal?

The Crucial Tracer memory is more expensive because it has rows of LEDs across the top that flash as they're being used.

You could try lowering the timings on the A-DATA memory.

Here's a couple more choices with those timings that are priced nicely:

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 - $47.99

OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 - $49.49 ($19.49 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) w/Free shipping
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Old 08-25-2008, 12:33 AM   #4
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Default Re: witch ram module is a better deal?

I plan on using the ram for this build

CPU;Quad 6600 Kent

Gpu:MSI Radeon hd 4850

Mobo:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128078

would i really benefit measurably from the lower timings in this build?
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Old 08-25-2008, 08:28 AM   #5
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I've heard that some of the Ballistix Tracer modules have a pretty high failure rate, you might want to check out this thread...

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there's a new revision out, but the modules you listed are the old part number, the new modules' part numbers end in 80A, the 804 modules have given some people unwanted headaches (RMAs, BSODs, etc.)...

here's a quote from the thread I linked above...

"Man, my sig-rig is down because of those friggin' Crucial Ballistix. They ran decent for about 2 months and then just crap out. Just sucks. I mean, if it were just one bad stick out of a thousand I could understand but from reading online it sounds like its all of them. I don't think I've ever read about RAM this notoriously bad. I'm waiting on an RMA right now, I hope they send me something else or I can get credit. Not interested in anything else they have to offer at this point. I'm thinking of going with OCZ."

for now I'd just stay on the safe side and go with the ADATA or one of the options that Atomic Rooster linked, I've never had a problem with either brand and haven't read of many issues online, anyway, none of the memory listed so far is on the QVL for that board so there are no guarantees...
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This is an amazing deal if you include the mail in rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227231

It's even cheaper than the A-Data, and it's much better.
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Thanks for the help everyone,
I ended up going with the: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227231
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