Just my $ .02 worth, in over 15 years of building my own desktops systems, I've only had one instance where the RAM fried. There was that awful smell and blistering on the chip surface. To answer your question - that brand was KINGSTON. SInce then I've been a faithful G. Skill man and have had no "fried RAM" incidents since. Had I known KINGSTON was gonna heat up and fry like that, I would have brought some egss to that LAN party.