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    Difference between cheap vs expensive RAM

    Hi,

    I was wondering if there was a real world performance difference between cheap and expensive ram for example Corsair Value Select vs Corsair TwinX XMS2 if the PC is not going to be overclocked?

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    not really, usually only a couple of % - synthetic tests can show it but the user won't really be able to perceive a difference.

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    If not overclocking, and if just for normal usage, you'll not see any difference.

    If doing some intensive stuff like encoding etc, then you could benchmark a few seconds difference, but this still won't be noticable.

    For system stability though, expensive ram should be rock solid. Cheap ram may be less so. But the Corsair value select should be fine, just watch out for unbranded stuff.
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    ^^ what they said.

    Expensive ram is more of an enthusiast thing for tweaking and benching, no real benefit in day to day tasks or games that would make the expensive stuff good value for money.
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    Cheap stuff is fine as long as it's a good name, Corsair Value Select or standard Crucial ram will do you fine and be good and reliable for normal use

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    Corsair Value Select is excellent RAM, and I only ever buy Corsair because of their great service and support - they really mean 'lifetime' warrenty.

    You may find however, as I did from Scan last week, that an XMS Twin2X is only a couple of quid more, and worth 'splashing out' on.
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