Buying RAM

By transviruses
Dec 19, 2007
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  1. Hello all !
    Im planning on adding more memory to my computer but i do not know which one i should buy; its either the Mushkin or the OCZ(<-this one has the ULN2 technology bulit in, so im not sure if my mobo supports it). Im not too sure if they are all compatible with my mobo, or just simply which one is better?

    Thanks so much
  2. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    You can always go to Crucial.com & see which memory the adviser recommends.
  3. samjohnson

    samjohnson Newcomer, in training Posts: 320

    Well I really don't have a clue what ULN2 is. So I would go for the Mushkin brand knowing that it will work in your PC. Really they are both great brands of memory so it really doesn't make much of a difference which one you get. It just depends on what one you want.
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

  5. Daveskater

    Daveskater Banned Posts: 2,031

  6. transviruses

    transviruses Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 67

    Thank you for your replies!
    After doing some comparison between OCZ Performance 2GB and Corsair XMS 2GB i noticed that they have difference timing values. For the OCZ is 3-3-3-8 and for the Corsair is 3-4-4-8. Now i do no know what they mean and after reading the "Updating ram & troubleshooting" posted by Tedster, i still dont have an answer. Can some one tell me the meaning of those numbers?
  7. Denman007

    Denman007 Newcomer, in training Posts: 67

  8. Cinders

    Cinders TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,313   +12

    OK you seem to be dealing with DDR1. Usually lower or tighter timings are better than higher timings. Lower timings usually produce better bandwidth and higher over clocking potential with lower latency. The big question is do you have a motherboard that will read the memory's SPD correctly and use the lower memory timings or can you change the memory timings in your motherboards BIOS? As far as the actual timings go you'll have to do more research to find out exactly what they mean and how they work because I don't know what they mean. ULN2 means Ultra Low Noise 2 and it is a marketing ploy. Many memory companies build memory DIMMS with lower noise PCBs and Mushkin is also one of them. Usually their faster more expensive memory is equipped with lower noise PCBs
  9. fairytale00

    fairytale00 Banned Posts: 65

    In fact I am not sure about that also, hope some geeks can tell us the answer.
  10. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,582

    you will never see the dif and if your adding ,better to match what you have or start with all matched
    if under 4gb of memory stick with double rank
    better to have stable memory than fast flacky
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    my article basically says in a nutshell, do not mix ram types.

    The #s you are referring to are clock and cycle speeds of ram.

    For an average computer user, you should not have to worry about it. People who overclock systems or experiment look at these #s to optimize the speed of their ram. For 99% of users it doesn't make a difference.
     
  12. transviruses

    transviruses Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 67

    ok thanks for ur supports, im just gonna pick up the ocz ones from the local store and see how things work out.
    i just realized that newegg does not ship to canada...
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