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Buying DDR2 800 - need help to make a final decision.

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September 3, 2006 8:34:55 PM

Hello.

I am buying new pc based on Core 2 Duo E6300 (or E6400) and GIGABYTE GA-965G-DS3 MoBo.

Regarding memory, I am looking for 2x1Gb DDR2 800, not for heavy gaming - just occasionally. I have no experience with OC, but I want to get into it for improving performance (not for benchmarking). Based on price considerations I arrived to the list below. I have been reading posts, reviews, articles.....but I am still unable to make a decision.

I like the two OCZ Platinum models (nbr 6 and nbr 7 below), and also like the Patriot (nbr 8), but honestly I have no knowledge to support my liking.

With the OCZ's, I am VERY worried about possible compatibility problems with the Gigabite GA-965G-DS3 mobo, which is very important for me to avoid (I am not in the US - returning merchandise would be an expensive pain in the neck for me).

Is there a clear winner(s) or looser(s) in the list below? ....Or a good one (within the price range) that should be considered?
Appreciate your help


1. Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-5400c4 - $215
DDR2 675, 4-4-4-12, 1,9V. Somewhere I read they can be OC'd to 900MHz without trouble. The description doesn't mention this is a dual channel kit (which, I understand, means some sort of selection to match properties)
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...)

2. G.Skill F2-6400PHU2-2GBNR - $194
DDR2 800, 5-5-5-15, 1.9-2.0V
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...)

3. G.Skill F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - $200
DDR2 800, 5-5-5-15, 1.8-2.0V
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...)

4. OCZ Gold OCZ28002048ELDCGE-K - $205
DDR2 800, 5-5-5-10, 1.9V.
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...)

5. OCZ Gold OCZ2G8002GK - $200
DDR2 800, 5-5-5-12, 2.0V. MOBO compatibility?
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...)

6. OCZ Platinum OCZ2P8002GK - $229
DDR2 800, 4-5-4-15
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...)

7. OCZ Platinum Revision 2 OCZ2P800R22GK - $225
DDR2 800, 4-4-4-15, 2.1V
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...)

8. Patriot PDC22G6400LLK - $233
DDR2 800, 4-4-4-12, 2.2V.
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...)

9. GEIL GX22GB6400UDC - $230
DDR2 800, 4-4-4-12, 2.1V
(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...)
September 3, 2006 10:25:51 PM

"Dual-channel" is just a mode that you MB can use. Two identical single DIMMs will work as well as a package of two - the packaging is just for marketing convenience.

Any of the RAM you listed will likely work just fine. However, if you NEED the RAM to work, guaranteed, then we can't help you here. You need to go ask your MB manufacturer which RAMs they have tested for use with the MB of interest. The MB maker should have a list on their website. This will likely be a very limited set of RAM, and may be hard-to-find/very expensive.
September 3, 2006 11:54:38 PM

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....."Dual-channel" is just a mode that you MB can use. Two identical single DIMMs will work as well as a package of two - the packaging is just for marketing convenience..
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Point noted-thanks.

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..... You need to go ask your MB manufacturer which RAMs they have tested for use with the MB of interest. The MB maker should have a list on their website. This will likely be a very limited set of RAM, and may be hard-to-find/very expensive.


Yes, very limited choices. I am checking reviews of my mobo-hopefully will get good info.
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