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I ordered the wrong RAM...is it worth it to return?

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February 8, 2007 8:56:18 PM

I ordered: Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

This RAM is 4-4-4-12. The problem is I ordered the DDR2 667 instead of the DDR2 800. I swear I thought the 800 was in my shopping cart, and ive already placed the order and i've just now noticed its showing DDR2 667. I got it coupled with a E6400 C2D. I do plan on overclocking some...but I'm not plannig on overclocking it out its rear end. If I could achieve 3.0 GHz i'd be happy.
February 8, 2007 9:38:21 PM

Usually you can cancel an order before its shipped, but I'm guessing it's too late?

What is the RAM link so we can help you out. From what I know, you can probably loosen the timings anyway on the RAM, which will give you regular 5-5-5-12 timings that most DDR2 800 RAM has. Or just bump up the voltage...
February 8, 2007 10:01:37 PM

Not sure you can return RAM if it's not defective. I know most places won't let you.

So...........looks like you might be stuck with it.

CL4....you can loosen to 5-x-x-x, bump up the volts and probably hit 3.0 ghz. Looks like Patriot uses Elpida and Micron chips, so depending which model you got you might get lucky....or you might not. Micron will let you hit 3.0, but dunno about Elpida if you got them. Will take more work for sure to get it there.
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February 8, 2007 10:17:19 PM

OKay...its gonna roughly be a 35 dollar loss if i exchange the RAM....worth it? yay or nay?
February 8, 2007 10:19:52 PM

You gotta decide that. Is it worth $35 to YOU?

Some people here spend $500 on RAM and $1200 on a CPU. Some people won't even dream of spending 1/10 of that.

It's your call and whether you feel it's worth it or not really.
February 8, 2007 10:21:55 PM

Well I was just looking at some of the reviews for it on newegg.com and i've read several reviews saying it overclocks to 800 (1.9v) and even 900 Mhz(2.0) with 5-5-5-15. So...I think i'll just keep it and see how things go. Without benchmarks i'd probably never notice the true difference anyways.
February 8, 2007 10:25:59 PM

My guess is you can probably hit 3.0 yea. Give it a try and see if you're happy with it. Then go from there.

Good call.
February 8, 2007 10:29:20 PM

Thanks for the replies. Yeah I found several reviews talking about its easy overclocking ability, and even a few that had the same mobo and cpu i'm getting and claiming clocks above 3.0GHz. Now to just cross my fingers and hope it all get here in perfect working condition :) 
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