I have 3 choices of Corsair RAM to pick from but could someone tell me the difference between them.
1) What makes the XMS better than Value Select
2) What are the benefits to using XMS
3) What are the draw backs to using Value Select
I have always gone with the Value Select RAM and have never had any problems with it, But I am putting together a new system and would like to see if it would be worth investing in XMS. I am not interested in overlocking my system, I just want to put together a good machine
Prospected System Build:
AMD 64 X2 4400+ Evga 7900GT KO x 2 Gigabyte GA-K8N-Sli Mainboard 200 gb hdd NEC DVD+/- rw drive
1) I don't really think there is a difference, other than the 3rd one doesn't have the little metal things on the outside, but I don't think it really matters. 2) To be honest, I don't see any, it just sounds like it costs more. 3) There may be some special stuff you can do with the XMS but pretty much I'd say get the 3rd one, the Corsair ValueSelect or the 2nd one, the 1st one is just too much. The 2nd one gives the Cas latency timings, which are pretty good, but the ValueSelect is probably close. I think you're just comparing apples to apples. All of them will get what you want done just fine. If I might advise on the system setup, You should take a look at Intel's new Conroe processor. It's a real high performer up there with the FX-62 except better and it is about $300 I think. A great bang for the buck.
EDIT: I thought they already released the Conroe. When is it coming out then?
Well, the value ram has a bit higher latency, making it a tad bit slower.
When it comes to the two XMS models, all I can tell is that the more expensive model has the word "Pro" in its model name. But I'd be willing to bet you that the two XMS's are exactly the same.
If you're looking for some suggestions to your build, I'd like to offer a few.
-Why not wait a few days for the Core 2 Duo (aka Conroe) to be released, and read some feedback from other people about it? -You might like getting one of the 10,000RPM Raptors in addtion to your 200GB main HD. -You might also like getting a seperate DVD-ROM drive because it makes disc duplication much easyier, and it's a cheap addition to make. -What about your PSU?
If your not overclocking your system, i would just go with the value ram. XMS ram is more directed towards the overclockers.
The XMS ram is most likely more tweakable, or can support slightly higher voltage and clock speeds, but if you don't plan on doing any of that stuff, the Valueram will perform just as good and cost less doing it.
Shintsu1) I don't really think there is a difference, other than the 3rd one doesn't have the little metal things on the outside, but I don't think it really matters.
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That Silver/Black thing is the "Heat Spreader". It is a cooler that allows the RAM to be clocked higher, and not overheat.
The "XMS Pro" probably has an extended warranty, and a slightly better Heat Spreader, as well as a black color scheme.
The XMS ram will give you slightly better performance for only $10 extra. It is also cheaper if you qualify for the rebate ($82). I'd go with it. The XMS pro ram is a waste of money.
If you really want the heat spreaders, you can go to a site like www.xoxide.com, buy some, and put them on yourself.
I used to have XMS (my 1gb was $230 at the time, and that was from newegg!) I have 2gb of Kingston Value Select, it's workin wonderufully, no flaws in gaming yet.
thanks for the input,
I will prolly go with the XMS with the rebate, If the rebate is still in effect after it comes back in stock
Value select has always served me well, but its price keeps going up. I might as well make the change to XMS since they are priced almost the same