Memory advice

By SubKamran · 29 replies
Jan 18, 2004
  1. OK, here's the deal.

    I want to get overclockable RAM; all the good RAM I find for 1GB is over $250. So, I'm downgrading to 512MB.

    That said, with a 2.4CGhz CPU and an Asus P4P800-Deluxe, what RAM should I get under $150 if I want to OC to about ~3.1-3.2Ghz?

    PS. Are Dual packs better, if I plan to upgrade to 1GB in the future?
  2. CheezHead

    CheezHead TS Rookie Posts: 35

    I Have Kingston 256X2 Pc-2100. Its running at 333mhz with ThermalTake coolers just fine,,bios settings at 2,2,2,6.

    thare are memory sticks out thare made to please the overclockers, PNY,ocZ.K-Byte& Viking offer good deals on what your looking for.

    Good luck and remember to keep'm cool.
  3. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    personally I would stick with corsair, kingston, or crucial.

    I am running a matched set of kingston hyper X PC3200 2X 512mb for 1 GB of ram and am quite happy with it. but I dont overclock.
  4. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Take a look at TwinMOS (use google). Good memory at excellent prices.
  5. NoisySilence

    NoisySilence TS Rookie Posts: 98

    For overclocking, stick to Corsair, OCZ & Kingston.

    Apacer, TwinMOS, Corsais, allthough very good aren't made for overclocking & I don't believe they offer Ram above PC3200 anyways.
  6. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

  7. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    you might want to take a look at geil memory I havnt used it myself but a friend of mine uses it in his and it performs very well and its very reasonably priced.
  8. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Apparently not ...

    TwinMOS TwiSTER PC4000 512MB Dual Channel Memory Kit Review -

    PS: I'm using TwinMOS PC3200 (winbond chips version) in all my PCs. The 256MB modules will run at 2-2-2-5 timings for about half the price of Corsair modules (uses the same winbond ch5 chips). The cheaper PC3200 modules (without the winbond chips) aren't good overclockers so avoid these. All the Twister modules offer high spec and excellent performance.
  9. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

  10. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

    Nic, NewEgg doesn't sell TwinMOS modules...I'd like to stick with 1 account :D
  11. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

  12. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    Those GEIL modules look fine. You're not going to be able to run your memory and cpu synchonously if you overclock, so your performance may not improve as much as you think. You will get a good boost none the less.
  13. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

    Yah, those. I read a benchmark of the PC3500 modules it rocks :)
  14. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

    Is 3.4Ghz @ 5:4 ratio good? ;) Of course, he was using PC3500 which is only $3 more. So I think I'll go with that. It outperformed a default PC3700 Geil memory, approximately twice as fast.
  15. farmer

    farmer TS Rookie Posts: 48

    SubKamran, I need you to trust me on this one, Geil ram is cheap, but it really isn't the best for the P4P800. Geil wants and needs a lot of voltage, and your Bios limits you to 2.85v. I see a lot of people that tried Geil and weren't happy. With the budget you set, your gonna be hard pressed to get the kind of overclock you mentioned. I have almost 6 months of working with a P4P800, and the best ram I found was the OCZ El PC3500 Limited Edition. I think Newegg is sold out of the stuff tho. Next choice would be the Kingston HyperX PC3500 stuff.

    The OC you mentioned is gonna be putting you in the 270fsb range and that is doable with a bit of luck...

    Check my 3DMark url to see how mine is set up...

    Any questions feel free to ask...
  16. wicka_wicka

    wicka_wicka Banned Posts: 125

  17. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    I wouldnt get Geil either.
  18. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    SubKamran, for my P4C and P4P800 Deluxe setup I got Dual Channel 2x256MB OCZ PC4000. It downed me about $140, but I think it was worth it - it overclocks like a beast with CL2.5 even at 260MHz FSB (~3.4GHz). As you can see from my profile and my overclocking thread I did have good results with it, and I reccomend it for you.

    Dual Channel would be better if you're a gamer, but if you just want to overclock and that's it, I would reccomend a single stick of memory.
  19. farmer

    farmer TS Rookie Posts: 48

    Here's the best I found at Newegg if your into OC'ing, OCZ EL Series Dual Channel Platinum 2 x 256 PC3200. $129US.

    This stuff is the BH5 memory, that you can run at the tight timings, 2-2-3-5.

    Now if you don't really get into the OC'ing thing, the PC4000 that Vehementi mentioned would be the better bet for you.

    Good luck....
  20. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

    I only have $110. :(
  21. farmer

    farmer TS Rookie Posts: 48

    Ah, I know the feeling of coming up just a little short! But, I did some checking lastnight, and the stuff I mentioned is in fact the BH5 ram, and when it's gone there is no more. This P4P800 of mine just loves the stuff, tight timings and all. I'd suggest trying to find $20 and grabbing up 2 x 256 if you can...

    Good luck...
  22. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

    Do you have a link for fast access?

    I have $20 cash that I suppose I can deposit along with my check.
  23. SubKamran

    SubKamran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 166

  24. Scol

    Scol TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Watch the refurbished section @ Newegg. You could get great deals on RAM and the they do work. I got my sticks there and they work fine!
  25. farmer

    farmer TS Rookie Posts: 48

    Yep, that's the stuff I was talking about. Same as mine except I have the PC3500 Plat. All I can tell you is I got a better OC with this ram at the tight timings, than I did with the OCZ PC3700 Gold. With the same OC, I gained almost 500 3DMarks, so you should be good to go...

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