PC Memory: Just the Facts

How To Shop For Value Or Performance

When it comes to value, very often the low price leads the pack. However, the best buy may be fleeting and you may want to consider giving your business to vendors whose products delivered good results in the past. Particularly in the value category, in fact, price differences will often be negligible, so other factors such as availability, speed of delivery or pick-up may play a surprisingly important role. Even so, it still pays to shop around, and to check the latest prices Tom's stores offer or at other price-comparison sites before you buy.

When it comes to performance, things can get more complicated. A performance-RAM buying decision requires you to determine the real value that higher performance or better overclocking potential really offers. You must then purchase on the basis of how far (and fast) you can push your RAM, as well as its rated abilities. This is where reading reviews of the RAM device that interests you can be helpful, and where Tom's reviews can be particularly illuminating. If you can buy a lot of extra performance for just a little extra cost, that's something of a no-brainer to decide. But deciding if it's worth an extra hundred dollars to boost performance by 10%, 20%, or even 30% is something between you and your account balances (and perhaps also, the chancellor of the exchequer, when family budgets come into play). Compare Prices on PC Memory

Summary And Conclusions

In the future, we plan to report on specific memory modules that represent good buys, both in the value lines and overclocker or performance-memory categories. Anybody who can make a case for lower costs for value memory, or lower costs on a price-performance basis for performance/overclocking memory is welcome to chime in on our discussion boards. We will adjust our coverage and methods over the months ahead, as we turn this new adventure into an ongoing routine, and all input and suggestions are entirely welcome. We hope you find value in the information presented here, as we hope you'll help us to improve the value and information content in our forthcoming charts.

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Ed Tittel

Ed Tittel is a long-time IT writer, researcher and consultant, and occasional contributor to Tom’s Hardware. A Windows Insider MVP since 2018, he likes to cover OS-related driver, troubleshooting, and security topics.