Is Brand Name Memory Worth It?


Aug 29, 2007
The title kind of says it all. Is it worth it to buy the high end brand names, Corsair, Kingston etc.? Do you really see a performance difference, or are you just buying a name? I know lots of times you get what you pay for, but honestly lots of times you don't as well. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!


Jul 9, 2006
For me it depends on the ram. If you are looking for value series I go with Super Talent. But if you want fast, tight timings I go with Crucial or Corsair. I prefer Corsair, since I have never ran into any issues with there ram.


Apr 19, 2006
If you're not overclocking, then most of the time you wont notice or see a difference between the high-end stuff and value select. (Absolutely no difference if the specs are the same)

But if you're overclocking, then the high-end stuff really shines and makes a huge difference.



I would recommend always buying memory from major brand names to ensure quality - but there are about 10 or so major brand names that all provide quality memory - some at reasonable prices. Crucial and Kingston are good names that generally have ram at good prices - especially their value ram. Their value rams are generally more than adequate for the average user. Other major brand names include: Corsair, Super Talent, Patriot, OCZ, Mushkin, Geil, and Samsung. Some have value, mainstream, and performance ram.

Pay the premium for performance ram only if you are building a premium system - with a fast CPU and or high end GPU - otherwise the features of the premium memory may be wasted.
However, consider picking memory that is compatible with motherboard - the MB manufacturer should have a list and many memory manufacturers have selection tools.

If you want to max speed - but not pay the full premium for high end ram, more important than manufacturer may be to pick the fastest ram your MB will handle while trying to get low memory timings. But consider only MB compatible memory and stick with major brands.

If you add, additional memory to your system, the system will use the speed of the slowest memory. So if you are adding 800Mhz memory to a system that already has 667Mhz memory - it will run at the slower speed. So it is generally best to match the slower memory (usually cheaper) or replace it all. I have on occassion added faster memory when I knew that later I would replace and upgrade the older memory.

Remember to match memory exactly (manufacturer, model, & size) if adding one unit to make a pair for dual channel memory.

The best news is that memory prices are EXTREMELY low right now so it is a good time to upgrade to 2GB or even 3GB of memory.


Aug 26, 2007
RAM also has serial #s, people generally like ram from the same wafer as close to eachother as possible for dual channel. I think kits (never bought one) match ram like this, but not sure.