Don't buy HP
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Subject: Don't buy HP
Date: 5/3/2001 8:18:03 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Expensive HP RAM and DDR issues... posted by
they are hopelessly overpriced and there is no difference to other brands except that the quality is worse.
Here are a few pointers. I personally am using a minboard that is 4 years old with RAM that is 2 years old. My son is using a board that is 2 1/2 years old with RAM that is 4 years old, rated 10 ns, that is I bought it long before there was even talks about PC100. Guess what, these DIMMs are running 112 MHz CAS2. Good old Hitachi chips.
There are enough sources for good RAM out there, the top vendors being Crucial, Corsair and Mushkin, most of the others are not quite there yet. Each vendor has his specialty, (I work with Bill Mushkin, so I cannot speak for him unless I declare that I am biased but that is simply because I am actively involved in the product development and I believe in what I am doing, BTW also consulting with Corsair and Crucial, just in case). Still, one thing I found is that $10 or 20 spent more once can last a very long time, particularly in memory.
Of course, there is the issue that SDRAM is suppposedly maxing out at about 12-1300 MHz CPU bus speed, above that, you'll need DDR but the question is whether you really need it to survive or just to say "mine is bigger"
IMHO, Mushkin REV.3 at 166 2:2:2 is still as capable as any DDR but that is valid only for the next week. After that, DDR is going to take over the world
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