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Kingston RAM on sale - not many reviews

By Debbie23
Jul 13, 2011
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  1. I see this Kingston HyperX Blu has very few reviews on Newegg - none on Amazon. Is there something about it users don't like or is it a new offer?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104196
    Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model KHX6400D2B1K2/4G
    I see it's available from other retailer for $40 after $20 rebate.

    I need DDR2 PC6400, 240 pin, non-ECC, unbuffered. Mobo supports dual channel.

    Same Kingston RAM type / model - like 1 x 2 GB - has many more reviews (been on market longer, I guess) & has overall ratings similar to other top selling brands (about 93% of 4 / 5 stars).

    Probably put in 8GB - if I replace at all - now have 4 GB of OEM Samsung - which works, but mixing brands often doesn't work.

    I don't game, but want decent (and reliable) RAM when editing, running bunch of memory intensive apps.

    Link to data sheet: http://www.valueram.com/datasheets/KHX6400D2B1K2_4G.pdf

    Thanks
     
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    It doesn't matter if the RAM comes with lifetime-limited warranty; just RMA it for a new set if you have issues. But IMHO, Kingston is among the better companies to buy RAM from, and I consider their HyperX products on-par with the high-end equivalents from Corsair, Crucial and OCZ.
     
  3. Debbie23

    Debbie23 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 53

    I'll soon find out how well it works on my system. Went ahead & bought 8GB while still on sale. Good part is, got it locally, so easy to return if any problems.

    Maybe some other quality DDR2 PC6400 will go on sale in next week or so.

    I probably would be satisfied w/ a total 6GB - if could mix 4 of the new w/ 2 or the old, but don't hold much hope for that working well. Mixing speeds / brands may not work.

    Had no problems w/ the OEM Samsung M3 78T2863EHS-CF7. But the Kingston has 5-5-5-15 timings @ 1.8v, where Samsung specs are below. Notice PC Wizard reports timing as 5-6-6-18, where CPU-Z reports 6-6-6-18 - little odd. The latter is what Samsung's spec sheet shows.
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    You can mix most RAM , but dual- and -triple-channel configs are likely to not work correctly. You needn't worry about timings and frequency though; the mobo usually runs the DIMMs at the frequency and\or timings of the module with the lower frequency and\or slower timings.
     
  5. Debbie23

    Debbie23 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 53

    That's why I said it might not work well - this mobo uses dual channel. Also don't want the new, faster DIMMs running at the older, slower timings.

    You're probably correct - that it would run the new DIMMs at the slower timings, though both are same frequency.
     

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