Corsair XMS vs. Value Select Memory @ TechSpot

By on February 15, 2006, 2:19 AM
Memory is one of the most critical system components in any computer. It is RAM that has allowed computers in the past and present to operate at such snappy speeds. You can picture RAM as one big buffer used to store any data temporarily for ultra fast access from the CPU (Central Processing Unit) or other components, allowing such component to go about its business with minimal delay.

You will see regularly in our forums readers asking questions such as “Which memory should I buy Corsair's XMS or Value Select?” Like most questions of this nature there is no simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer that will apply to everyone. First things first, users need to know why Corsair among other memory manufacturers and vendors offer the more expensive type of memory and what it does.

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Masque said:
Excellent article....with VERY surprising results. I'm glad (given how I used my system) that I use Kingston's Value Ram....saving a fair amount of money over the premium.
JMMD said:
I've been recommending value RAM after seeing some tests that were run by an end user. With an AMD CPU, the performance memory just doesn't seem to make a big difference. Getting 2GB of value ram (vs. 1GB of performance ram) would be money well spent.
Vaulden said:
I'm not surprised by the results. The "premium" memory pulls ahead when it comes to overclocking, but for standard usage I never expected it to be much better than the value lines.
barfarf said:
Its good to know that i am right when i tell people who are purchasing RAM "quanitiy over quality" is a good thing. Except dont buy generic of course. =)
exscind said:
Excellent review as always. For most people, value RAM will work wonders and save the extra money for an upgrade in video card or CPU. Like in the review, anything other than the value series is really only for enthusiasts who want to overclock beyond the stock specs. All the techno-jargon of enhanced bandwidth, etc. etc. produces an advantage so slim it is not worth justifying in the purchase of the RAM in the first place. I'm glad Techspot ran tests on real life performances as well. Some websites simply run PCMark and/or SiSoft and proves unequivocally that high performance RAMs are better because the synthetic benchmarks reflect that. In everyday computing, higher CPU makes more difference. In gaming, video card is the main factor.Again, good review on debunking the myth that value RAM is horrible and high performance RAMs will yield much better results for everyone.
Skip said:
Good article, though it really should have shown why people pay for XMS (overclocking) in at least one test. I would have liked to see the gaming tests at a 250 setting for the CPU/memory clock. I doubt the value select would post (DFI boards are really picky about memory), while you may get a much better frame rate out of the XMS (at least on Doom - the UT2004 frame-rate is way too high for anything to matter).The conclusion of the article is right though, value select is fine is you are not going to push your MB.[edit for typo]
DragonMaster said:
But here have been tried the 3200XL. I have the TwinX1204-3200C2 and it's timings are 2-3-3-6 1T, compared to the 2-2-2-5-1T of the XL one.
craigwatanabe said:
I purchased a pair of 512mb Value Select sticks from NewEgg and to my disappointment one of the sticks was defecto. A simple RMA back to NewEgg and within two weeks the replacement was in my hands. In general I've never had too much problems with the Value Select and still consider it a good bargain for standard Internet/Office Suite application computer builds. It saves my clients some decent pocket change and has excellent value.
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