darkside94

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Hi. Thank you for the time you took to read and help with my question.
What is the best DDR2 800 RAM combination of gaming perfomance and also overclockability. I would like to stick with the main brands : OCZ, Crucial, Mushkin, Patriot, and possibly Kingston (I do not like that Corsair has been sending a lot of deffective sticks)

The computer's set up of what I am building is:
Processor - Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Motherboard - MSI P6N SLI Platinum (650 chipset)
Video Card - I am currently undecided because of the newest release from ATI the X2900. I want to wait and see what it brings to gaming.
Sound Card - Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-FI ExtremeGamer
Hard Drive - 1x Western Digital Raptor 10000 RPM 150GB 1x Seagate 7200RPM SATA 320GB
Power Supply -
 

ss_blake

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I was just going to post the same question! It is hard to find reviews for this memory.

How much RAM were you planning to install? If 4GB, it is very difficult to find low latency 2x2GB DDR2/800 kits as there are worldwide component shortages (and if you can find then, they cost a heavy premium!). I think 4 x 1GB (i.e. 2 x 2 GB dual channel kits) is the best way to go, even though it will limit future memory upgrade. However, I really doubt we will be adding >4GB during the "lifespan" of current generation motherboards.

I was planning to go with the Kingston HyperX DDR2/800 4-4-4-12 KHX6400D2LLK2 / 2G, but I heard they do not use the Micron memory components and therefore do not perform as well as other brands.

Any thoughts?
 

jamesgig

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i have that Kingston memory and I must say that it overclocks very well. I do not know if it uses micron or not but mine has been overclocked to 1000mhz 4-4-4-12 and is currently at 800mhz 3-3-3-9 for testing. Both have passed Orthos for 24hrs. So performance wise they seem to be very good, at least by any standards I have seen.
 

ss_blake

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Yes correction to my post about the Kingstons. The data I read was for the older 5-5-5-15 HyperX. The 4-4-4-12 DDR2/800's from Kingston actually use a better IC (Elpida instead of Infideon) which really improved their performance. See the following review:

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/359/8/
 

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All manufacturers can have their share of problems with defective modules or just over volted to the point of failure.
Its hard to rely on a small percentage of ticked off consumers when it comes to finding the right Ram for your needs.
I personally have never RMA’d a corsair product.
I have had my share of defects from other brands but they are lifetime. 8)
Since you’re not fond of corsair take a look at these modules.
They are most likely still D9’s and respond well to voltage.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820609026

Any Crucial module will also clock well.

G skill products are very good just stay away from the F2 6400CL5-1GBNQ.
They are Powerchip or Elpeda and do not respond to voltage.

Some brands of Geil are good but are already maxed with 2.4 volts to achieve their rated speeds.
I would steer toward the Super Talents.
 

vegie

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hey mate do u how is this G. skill ram... i just brought, they have nearly the same model number as the one u said to stay away from. my one is a G. skill F2-6400PHU1-1GBNR... overclocking tomoz lol.
 

vegie

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i hope i can get mine past that lol..... the ram is in. and runing at 397 feq lol. the ram heat speader is cold, i guess ill be fine.
 

vegie

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thanks. also having 1.5gig of ram is so much faster than 512mb. no more slowing down the hard drive for gaming.. much happier.
 

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I had an P4 3.2 OC to 3.6 with 1GB of Kingston Hyper X 3200 that worked like a champ for 3+ yrs/ no problems. I just bought this Dominator for my new rig to try something different; if it fails... back to Hyper X I go. Peace :twisted: