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Windows 7: Pricing of RAM to Plunge, Analyst Says

03 Sep 2011   #21
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
I'm not sure about that

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
No doubt it'll go up in Australia. We have outrageous prices down here.
In May I bought a 4 GB kit (G-Skill 1333) for $43.

The 4 GB kit (G-Skill 1333) is now $22!
The 8 GB kit (G-Skill 1333) is now $44!


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03 Sep 2011   #22
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

A year and a half ago I bought 8GB RAM for over $200, and now.... ~$40
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04 Sep 2011   #23
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
I will use the Mushkin RAM to recommend to people with AMD RAM issues.

A lot of people are having serious issues with running RAM at 1600MHz on AMD CPU/motherboards.
What settings did you use?
Any 'special' tricks?
Believe it or not, I really didn't do anything special to get them to run. The stock timings for these sticks are 8-8-8-24 @1600, but I tightened them up to 7-7-7-20, and I bumped up the RAM voltage to 1.63 - 1.64. I didn't even have to touch the NB voltage, or the HT voltage, and all of the other timings are on auto.

I have a pretty solid motherboard, and I could probably get them to run at 6-6-6-18 if I tweak them enough, but that would mean raising the VRAM higher than I would like to. I'm still below spec, so... I actually prefer to tighten the timings rather than OCing memory. I don't seem to run into the heat probs that way, and heat is what will kill them.
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04 Sep 2011   #24
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

In 1977 a TV repairman said he was sure VCRs were at there lowest price, about $1000 at the time with no clock, auto recording, etc. He was wrong.
I think Bill gates once said he didn't see how anybody would use more than a megabytes of HDD storage.

Anyhoo, in Jan 2010 I paid $228 to Newegg for 2 kits of 2 X 2GB GSkill RAM. Check the price for the kits now.
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM
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05 Sep 2011   #25
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
No doubt it'll go up in Australia. We have outrageous prices down here.
In May I bought a 4 GB kit (G-Skill 1333) for $43.

The 4 GB kit (G-Skill 1333) is now $22!
The 8 GB kit (G-Skill 1333) is now $44!
From where?
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05 Sep 2011   #26
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I am amazed it's still dropping!

UK - 8GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1333 now only 34.98!

G.Skill RipJaw 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit [F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL]
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05 Sep 2011   #27
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

And me with a drawer full of RAM, if I sold all of it for half what I paid for it, I could get 40GB now


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
I will use the Mushkin RAM to recommend to people with AMD RAM issues.

A lot of people are having serious issues with running RAM at 1600MHz on AMD CPU/motherboards.
What settings did you use?
Any 'special' tricks?
Believe it or not, I really didn't do anything special to get them to run. The stock timings for these sticks are 8-8-8-24 @1600, but I tightened them up to 7-7-7-20, and I bumped up the RAM voltage to 1.63 - 1.64. I didn't even have to touch the NB voltage, or the HT voltage, and all of the other timings are on auto.

I have a pretty solid motherboard, and I could probably get them to run at 6-6-6-18 if I tweak them enough, but that would mean raising the VRAM higher than I would like to. I'm still below spec, so... I actually prefer to tighten the timings rather than OCing memory. I don't seem to run into the heat probs that way, and heat is what will kill them.
You must be lucky, there are a lot of people struggling with RAM on AMD boards.
Is your motherboard or CPU new?
Maybe they fixed the problem.
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05 Sep 2011   #28
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

The big problem with Ram on AMD boards is the memory controller in the CPU. It is designed to run at 1333 and anything over that is over clocking so adjustments need to be made. The new Bulldozer is supposed to run at 1866 so is a big improvement. There was a bug in the earlier Phenom II that when using 4 slots it would slow to 1066. That was fixed in the next stepping. I have been using Crucial for years and if you check your MB on their site it will list all of their Ram that they guaranty will work. I think some other vendors do the same.

Jim
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05 Sep 2011   #29
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
You must be lucky, there are a lot of people struggling with RAM on AMD boards.
Is your motherboard or CPU new?
Maybe they fixed the problem.
Both are roughly a year old. The CPU is a C3 stepping, which is apparently quite different from the old C2 stepping. It's much more forgiving for OCing than the C2 chips, I know that. It seems to run cooler than the old C2 Phenom II I had with the same Wattage (125).

I bought the motherboard because we have four of them at work, and they all perform very well under some rather hostile conditions. They were all new two years ago, with Phenom II 965's in them, and no failures yet, running 24/7.
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05 Sep 2011   #30
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
MSY Technology Pty Ltd

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JaidynM View Post
No doubt it'll go up in Australia. We have outrageous prices down here.
In May I bought a 4 GB kit (G-Skill 1333) for $43.

The 4 GB kit (G-Skill 1333) is now $22!
The 8 GB kit (G-Skill 1333) is now $44!
From where?
My local PC parts store is MSY Technology Pty Ltd.
They have stores in A.C.T., Victoria, N.S.W., Queensland, S.A. and W.A.
MSY-The name you can trust-More than 14yrs In IT industry-Nationalwide branches serve you & offer the best IT price everyday

Interestingly enough the price of a 4GB kit (G-Skill DDR3 1333) has gone up a few dollars.
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