Can someone post a listing of reliable memory brands? I just purchased three 512MB DDR PC2100 memory module from newegg.com and the brand was Rosewill. Every single memory module was detected as having error by memtest86.
I currently have two Crucial 256MB DDR PC2100 modules and they never exhibited any errors in memtest86.
Cheaper memory brands are not tested as thouroughly as many other brands. As a result, they have more problems.
Many memory manufactureres just don't know how to make memory very well. Always buy memory from reputable sources.
The most compatible and reliable memory products come from:
Micron, Samsung, Infineon and Hynix (original).
Corsair, Kingston, crucial, and other retailers/manufacturers in most cases use the chips from the suppliers above. Often the chips are retested again to ensure further quality.
Some companies buy UTT chips. UTT chips have alot of potential to perform well. The cost is usually high in testing these chips. In general, the performance from UTT chips is weak. If the brand name on a chip is not a "major" brand, then most likely it is a UTT chip, or some other specially marked chip.
Major brand is usually: Micron, Samsung, Infineon, hynix.
You might consider these as major brands too: Mosel Vitalic, Elpida, or Nanya.
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Thanks for all the help guys. Before I screw up another order with newegg, I got one more question. I have the MSI 1st generation nForce motherboard. It supports the "twinbank" memory architecture, but the mobo has 3 memory sockets. I want to upgrade to the maximum amount of 1.5GB with 3 512MB modules. The "twin" in twinbank makes me think of binary and question whether twinbank technology will work with 3 memory sockets instead of 4.
I currently play World of Warcraft and the game play decently at 512MB when my character is in a low populated area. But in a high populated area where many players are unique looking my computer comes to a craw as it loads a lot of graphics for these players. Maybe all I need is 1Gig
Nah, I got DSL. My hard disk light starts blinking like crazy for 30 seconds to a minute when entering cities and heavy populated areas. I posted a message on Blizzard's forum and a couple posters suggested a memory upgrade.
Ive got news for you. DSL is great, but it doesnt maintain the high numbers that you signed up for. Ive got DSL and am pleased with it, but it does get slow at times. Go to cnet.com scroll down and look on the left side of the page. You will come to a bandwith test/meter. Click on it and follow the instructions. It will tell you haow fast you are at any given moment.
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