View Full Version : Do different brands of RAM differ much in quality

22-09-2001, 02:18 PM
I am considering buying some more RAM online. After reading a press F1 post I checked out ascent.co.nz, and then found uptech.co.nz. I found the cheapest RAM at uptech. Can the term 'cheap & nasty' apply with RAM?

They have many more brands than the 128Mb examples I have listed here.

Apacer PC133 168 pin SDRAM Dimm $50, Hyundai PC133 168 pin SDRAM Dimm $50, Kingmax PC133 168 pin SDRAM Dimm (Lifetime Warranty) $60, Legend PC133 168 pin SDRAM Dimm (Lifetime Warranty)$65.

$50 is really cheap for 128Mb, but not if it will let me down. Is it best to go with the lifetime warranty? Would you get better quality RAM if you paid $80 or $90?. Apparently Ascent is good to deal with. Anybody had any thing to do with Uptech?

I would really appreciate it if anybody can help with these questions.

Cheers, Lloyd

22-09-2001, 03:01 PM
Avoid cheap ram, it can be very cheap and nasty. The worst stuff is 'generic' nobrand.

Go for stuff that has a 5 year warranty, lifetime if you can afford it.

Although the hyundai/PQI stuff I got only had a 1 year and its working fine (although i'm underclocking it).

22-09-2001, 04:28 PM
hi Lloyd,
with regards to cheap RAM, it's ok as long as there is a decent replacement policy at the place you buy it. I've found if it goes first time it'll stay going forever.
The worst problem I've had was a dimm which reported half the size, -the supplier replaced it for me so all was OK. I've not delt with uptech before so I can't comment on them however.

22-09-2001, 05:40 PM
I have bought 256MB Hyundai sdram from Uptech, also M/B cpu etc. and have had no problems. A good firm to deal with.

24-09-2001, 06:37 PM
Thanks guys, this is good information to get.