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Which 4Gb kit DDR2 (2 x 2Gb) is the best?

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August 15, 2008 10:13:01 PM

I am looking to buy a 4gb ram kit. I was considering the cruical ballistix tracer kit, but then I figured out that it was single sided ram. Which 4gb kit is the best? How is the OCZ reaper, the Corsair Dominator, and the Mushkin ram? I may still consider the ballistix tracer. How do they compare?

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August 15, 2008 10:28:03 PM

all are the same
August 15, 2008 10:50:54 PM

the one with the better heatsink i suppose, although overheating ram is hardly ever a concern
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August 15, 2008 11:15:13 PM

The Reaper heatsink on the OCZ actually can be a OC'ing hinderance, doesn't work as well as the standard XTC heatsink. I've heard good stuff about Mushkin Ascent, but have no experience. I've heard of Tracer quality issues, and Corsair seems to be the popular choice right now. One more to throw in the mix is Patriot.
August 15, 2008 11:27:31 PM

themyrmidon said:
The Reaper heatsink on the OCZ actually can be a OC'ing hinderance, doesn't work as well as the standard XTC heatsink. I've heard good stuff about Mushkin Ascent, but have no experience. I've heard of Tracer quality issues, and Corsair seems to be the popular choice right now. One more to throw in the mix is Patriot.

With all this taken into consideration, if you had to pick one kit, which would it be?
August 15, 2008 11:50:45 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They are cheap, and down in the guts all RAM with the same specs are really the same. They all get there wafers from the same limited number of supliers, the difference is in the heatsinks.

Really.

If you want something with a little more kick the DDR2 pc 8000 kit by g skill is good and only 10 dollars more (plus shipping, the a data's is free).
August 16, 2008 3:11:20 PM

How are the Corsair Dominators? I also heard that G. Skill is good.
August 16, 2008 5:46:54 PM

If one was doing a Intel E8400 with a P30 or P45 motherboard, should you pick DDR2 800 or 1066? I always get confused on what to pick.

I am thinking about just getting this (my brother and friend just bought this exact same kit):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anyway, I like the blue better than the red :p 
August 16, 2008 8:22:44 PM

That is a good kit and g skills do not disappoint. If one is going to get a motherboard with that chipset, one should consider if and how far he wishes to overclock. With DDR2 800 you can bump the fsb to 1600 (dual channel mode), and get the ideal 3.6ghz overclock. It is also very possible to overclock the ram to about 900 safely and with decent timings, to give you a feasible overclock of 4ghz as well. I think the a DDR2 1000 kit is well worth the price, as they can be underclocked and keep rigid timings, or overclocked to almost 1200 speeds if you need that to.

If you are not going to overclock all you need is DDR2 667 to run at rated speeds. That kit should serve you fine.
August 16, 2008 9:11:29 PM

I would be thrilled if I hit 3.6 GHz., if I even want to go that far.

I think I got confused, I see 'FSB 1066' on the boards, and associated that with DDR2 1066, when all I really need to hit that would be DDR2 667 to be in spec. I will just stick with the 800.

Thanks!
August 16, 2008 10:06:13 PM

If you were using only one memory module then you would need fast ram to maintain the fsb. Since you are using two sticks together the fsb is mutliplied by 2. DDR2 800 becomes DDR2 1600 when paired together, see? The E8400 wolfdale has a fsb of 1333, or 667 x2. The exta fsb can be used to push the processor a little harder hitting higher speeds. 3.6ghz is generally described as a very safe and moderate overclock. It doesn't require you to push any more juice through the processor, so temperatures don't rise that much. 3.8ghz is possible if you overclock the ram a tad and increase the voltage by about 10%. Gains after that are generally small.

That's a crash course in overclocking in case you were interested.
August 18, 2008 4:10:05 PM

E3210 said:
Try these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They can underclock to DDR2 800 with 4-4-4-12 timings pretty easily, as well as OC to well past 1100. They are also cheaper.

I would consider the G. Skill. but it seems like they are the same price as the mushkin after rebate. Plus, the mushkin comes with 3dmark. I would have to run them at DDR2 800 anyway, and I think that the mushkin does 1T better. Correct me if I'm wrong.
August 19, 2008 2:58:37 AM

You have to be careful with rebates. A lot are legit but some are a hassle or just plain bogus. If 3d mark is something you were already going to buy then it is a good deal to get it for free with that RAM. As for the timings, they get looser with higher speeds. DDR3 timings are lousy. If you underclock DDR2 1000 RAM to 800 speeds you can tighten the timings up to match, or probably get them even lower.
August 19, 2008 7:51:20 AM

60 bucks after reabate on tiger for 2x2gig OCZ "sli ready" ram...i know its a marketing gimmick but its got nice timings and its cheap as with a good looking heatsink on it:p 
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