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    What is the best Value RAM?

    I'm currently considering which brand of RAM is the best in terms of reliability and performance for my system (see my sig for the Athlon system).

    I'm using 1gb of Geil Value RAM which has been fantastic but I have been looking to upgrade to 2gb (to play Oblivion and others demanding games). Out of the value RAM available which is the best?

    The ones that seem to be riding high on my list are:

    Crucial and Corsair value RAM

    Others include OCZ and Twin Mos.
    Not sure if there are others and what should I really be looking for my Athlon and Asrock setup?

    Many thanks!
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    personally ive never had any faults with Corsair Value RAM
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny02004976
    personally ive never had any faults with Corsair Value RAM
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    Another vote for Corsiar value, I've run and OC'd it with no problems. Solid as a rock, cheap as anything and a lifetime warranty.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=217959 £120 + Free delivery. Bargain

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    Cheers for the replies.

    I'm swayed even more towards Corsair now!


    Another question is will the Corsair make a difference to my current Geil Ram? (mainly gaming perspective)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir
    Another question is will the Corsair make a difference to my current Geil Ram? (mainly gaming perspective)
    Shouldn't do at all. It's very rare that RAM is imcompatable with each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckskull
    Shouldn't do at all. It's very rare that RAM is imcompatable with each other.

    Sorry I wrote the question badly!

    What I meant was in comparison to my Geils will I see a good difference in performance from 1gb to 2gb? (I noticed the timings are higher on the 2gb compared with the 1gb)

    Also I will be taking out the Geils as I have read AMDs run 4 banks of RAM in 2T only and not 1T.
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    There's always been a latency overhead incurred with adding an extra stick to a SDRAM channel, really though, timings aren't all that, but 2GB of RAM with memory sucking games like Battlefield2 will see a very decent performance increase for most of the part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithrandir
    Sorry I wrote the question badly!

    What I meant was in comparison to my Geils will I see a good difference in performance from 1gb to 2gb? (I noticed the timings are higher on the 2gb compared with the 1gb)

    Also I will be taking out the Geils as I have read AMDs run 4 banks of RAM in 2T only and not 1T.
    Theres very little 'real world' difference between 1T and 2T, CAS 2/3 etc, but 2x1gb sticks would be my recommendation.

    The performance gain fgrom the extra gig will overshadow any tiing overhead, in my experience.

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    good timings = a few fps

    so dont buy slower ram for the same price, dont have the settings looser than they need to be, but dont spend too much effort/money trying to lower them as its better spent elsewhere

    with slacker timings if youre playing bf2 you will be a couple of frames slower when youre least likely to notice it, then when it gets busy and you need the extra frames it wont matter as it still comes down to gpu

    but the fact that its 2gb means youll lose the stuttering while it accesses the hard drive for swapfiling which makes it all a lot nicer and you should really notice it

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    All ram with a lifetime warrenty is great. Corsair, geil etc. are good value makes. Slightly above value and g.skill are fantastic.

    Running slower timings (including 2T vs 1T) makes very little difference in the real world 1 or 2 fps at most.

    That said not many games use 2gb ram either - though you will find that loading times are better for a couple of things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny02004976
    personally ive never had any faults with Corsair Value RAM
    Another vote for Corsair VS

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