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Old February 26, 2009, 04:24 PM
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Question Can someone confirm if my knowledge is correct?

So I have been looking into buying RAM and I have come to the conclusion that Micron D9GMH/D9GKX are awesome, but they're only in 1 GB dimms. Micron in 2 GB dimms doesn't get far, except for D9GSV, which was only in the older Mushkin 2x2 GB kits, & is now basically impossible to procure.

I hear now that the best and most widely used IC in 4GB kits are Powerchips.

Can anyone confirm what I know to be true?

If it is true, am I just better off buying 2 2GB kits with Micron D9 instead of a 4GB Powerchip set.

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Old February 27, 2009, 11:57 PM
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Ok well I searched elsewhere for some input because there was none here. So for anyone who is interested or wants to know, here is the main responses from the 3 pages I got over at OCN.

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D9GSV was good for its time.
Not worth it now unless you're collecting Micron.

PSC is cheap & clocks well: it's what the majority of 2x2 GB kits use.

Highly binned ProMOS would be the best; that's what G.Skill uses in their 2x2 GB DDR2-1200 kit, usually in their 2x2 GB Pi 1100 one, & in the 2x2 GB Pi Black DDR2-1000 4-5-4 kit.

Qimonda is good if you want CAS 4; not good for higher speeds.
(G.Skill 2x2 GB Pi Black DDR2-800/900 4-4-4.)

Don't worry about wasting money on Micron in 2x2 GB form; it's not worth the major risk (Crucial's Ballistix), & doesn't clock very well unless you do CAS 6.
Average PSC is better, & doesn't die so much.
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I don't know what sort of overclock you are aiming for with your upcoming Q9550, but let's say you want around 4 GHz.

That's 9x471.

Or for the RAM side of things, that's a minimum of DDR2-942 (1:1).

Now if you want to run 5:6, then you need DDR2-1130.

As the real world benefits of running the higher speed are small, & the chances of getting that speed aren't anywhere close to guaranteed for many DDR2 2x2 GB kits, i'd really not spend too much on RAM.

You'll likely end up having to run 1:1 & well below DDR2-1000 with whatever you get.

So personally, i'd actually go with the cheapest stuff that can do DDR2-950ish easily.
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Old February 28, 2009, 12:09 PM
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There are still a lot of good chips out there that do overclock well. We still use Micron on a few DDR3 SKU's, and they tend to do well still. Elpieda seems to make some nice stuff these days too. I also hear good things about the Samsungs from the folks back in the back.

The thing with DDR2 these days is the switch to 128x8 chips which from my understanding don't overclock quite as well as the older 64x8 chips.

Keep in mind I am in sales and still learning all these things, but thats what I am hearing. :)
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On all the overclocking forums I go to, I always see Mushkin reps. If I wasn't such a poor college student I would have paid the extra $50 and picked me up some Ascents. My next RAM purchase will definitely be with Mushkin.
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ummm, Sean...what the heck are you doing with a Mushkin logo. time to fire me an e-mail and fill me in.
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