General Chat Thread, RAM: Now actually cheap as chips in General; Depends on where you buy your chips, I suppose, but still: RAM is ludicrously inexpensive right now.
eBuyer are listing ...
9th February 2012, 11:22 AM #1
RAM: Now actually cheap as chips
Depends on where you buy your chips, I suppose, but still: RAM is ludicrously inexpensive right now.
eBuyer are listing 8GB of Corsair XMS3 DDR3 RAM (2x4Gb) at <£35.
Thirty-five pounds for 8096Mb of RAM. I remember buying a single megabyte for around £100 for an Amiga back in the day! (or, rather, my Dad buying it. But still.)
Anyway, just a heads up that it is insanely cheap, now is an excellent time to buy some before there's a volcano in the middle of the one factory district where it's all produced, because I know I was bloody surprised at how inexpensive it suddenly is so I thought I'd pass the joy on.
(and with my car passing its MOT this morning without any work needing doing, well... that's like getting £250 free now I've not had to spend that on tyres/brakes/whatever, so might just have to get some myself )
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9th February 2012, 11:43 AM #2
It's great isn't it - I stuffed 16GB in to my main rig at home last year and it only cost around £80. Six months previously it had been nearly double that.
9th February 2012, 11:45 AM #3
my I3 had 3GB ram when i built it. Now upped it to 8GB DDR3 its now quick. 1.5TB of Hard drive space. insted of 640GB (Added 1TB Drive)
10th February 2012, 10:26 AM #4
Ooh, I need more RAM.
But, I think I'm capped at 4GB. [2x2GB]
It doesn't help that I'm seeing conflicting specs of what I can actually use.
Some places say DDR2, some say DDR3. [and I don't have my computer to hand to check.]
10th February 2012, 10:29 AM #5
the board i have in my cheap home pc can use either DDR2/DDR3 which i spouse is a handy feature to a point but you cant populate them both and DDR3 actually limits the HT speed.
10th February 2012, 10:34 AM #6
This is a laptop. I think the official spec is DDR2 SODIMM [up to 4GB]
Originally Posted by SHimmer45
I swear DDR3 has a different connection, meaning you can't whack DDR3 into a DDR2 slot.
10th February 2012, 10:41 AM #7
The connection is VERY similar as the notch is in a slightly different position, the voltage is lower than DDR2 also
10th February 2012, 10:50 AM #8
Run CPU-Z when you're next on the machine and it'll tell you what you have, and your model of mobo to check against a memory selector.
10th February 2012, 10:52 AM #9
DDR3 isn't backwards compatable though.
Originally Posted by SHimmer45
Originally Posted by From Sir Wiki of Pedia
Also, the notch is about 1.5cm away from where the DDR2/DDR one is.
It's enough of a gap to make me hesitate spending out on RAM I can't use.
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