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Re: Best brand of Ram???

2012-09-06, 3:35 AM

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Yes, and unfortunately... Crucial 16gig kits are unavailable...

Anybody know of any alternate suppliers that sell Crucial other than... Crucial?

And, are you sure it's not made in China and sent to Utah for packaging er somethin?


newegg is listing it in stock right now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148469

 


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Re: Best brand of Ram???

2012-09-06, 4:25 AM

Thank you my friend... just pulled the trigger on that purchase! :smileyhappy:

I was just sitting there thinking about buying the Corsair when the notice came in about your reply... great timing!

If Crucial is made in the good 'ol USA, I may as well give 'em a try... it'll be a nice switch to buy something in electronics made in the USA.

This will be totally k00L.... my X220 laptop will be about as powerful as my new Velocity Micro desktop I got a few weeks ago!

Now that I got straight Win 7 x64 loaded... I'll be good to go once this Ram is installed.

Anybody know of any good picture tutorials on X220 memory installation?

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Re: Best brand of Ram???

2012-09-06, 4:33 AM

glad to help.

 

ram install is simple on the X220.

- touch ground.

- remove the access panel on the bottom.

- pop out the existing dimms.

- pop in your matched set.

- replace the access panel.

 

please do post back your impressions once you've installed the ram and tested things out.

 

regards.


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Re: Best brand of Ram???

2012-09-06, 4:36 AM

OK, no problem... it performs pretty good now with 6gigs of Ram, so I can only imagine that it'll be a little quicker once I get the 16gigs installed.

Looks like it installs easy enough by removing the little panels on the back

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Re: Best brand of Ram???

2012-09-07, 23:11 PM

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What about this...
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Laptop-1600MHz-CMSX16GX3M2A1600C10/dp/B0076W9Q5A/ref=pd_cp_pc_0

Will these automatically overclock your X220 system as they state?

Or, should I stay with
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Channel-SODIMM-Memory-CMSO16GX3M2A1333C9/dp/B006DI9PG8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1346829658&sr=8-4&keywords=crucial+16gig+PC3-10600+DDR3+SDRAM

Which appears to be more of a stock option (no overclocking?)

Just wanted to see what the resident experts think of these two options...


The X220 will run the RAM at higher speeds (1600 - 1866MHz) only with BIOS versions up to (and including) 1.28. For some reason, Lenovo removed this feature in later BIOS versions.

 

I'm running 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1866MHz RAM on my X220. Made quite a difference in graphics performance (i.e. games) coming from 2x4GB 1333MHz ram.

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Re: Best brand of Ram???

2012-09-07, 23:57 PM

This is a bit off-topic, but what the hey.

 

IM Flash Technologies is a joint Intel-Micron venture.  Its state-of-the-art plant is in Lehi UT.  To my knowledge (I could be off on this, but I think I have it right) wafers are manufactured in this plant and then sent elsewhere (to Asia) for assembly into end-user products.  More on the company at http://www.imftech.com/.  Wafers for Crucial memory products might also be manufactured elsewhere.  I'm quite sure that other manufacturers make good stuff.  I am given to understand, though, that IM Flash Technologies is on the leading edge of nanotechnology for memory products.  Intel SSD products are world renown for their quality (though in recent years their SSD hard drives had controller issues, which I believe have been resolved), and I believe the wafers for their SSD HDs are manufactured in this plant.

 

When I speak with Crucial customer service, they won't/can't admit that the X220 can handle 16GB memory.  But of course it can.  That question was resolved just a few minutes after the X220s appeared (or maybe it only seemed that way).

 

 

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Re: Best brand of Ram???

2012-09-08, 3:09 AM

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When I speak with Crucial customer service, they won't/can't admit that the X220 can handle 16GB memory.  But of course it can. 

 


What exactly did you expect them to say? The "of course" part isn't so obvious. Crucial isn't going to rigorously test every laptop on the market. They can only pull up the X220 spec sheet and follow what it says (8 GB).

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Re: Best brand of Ram???

2012-09-08, 3:39 AM

Well... this brings up an interesting question in my mind, which is: WHY would Lenovo say the laptop can only handle 8 gigs of RAM when in reality it can handle 16gigs?

I heard Mac does the same with their laptops, understating the amount of RAM it can handle.

Why would a manufacturer do this?  Seems like it would be a selling point to be able to say it can handle 16gigs since it obviously can.

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Re: Best brand of Ram???

2012-09-09, 6:43 AM

Hi, almost all of the brands are comparable, at least as far as basic use (not pushing the capabilities too far) is concerned. I have in my x120e, a combiation of both Samsung (2GB) and PNY (4GB) memory, of the same kind. The combination works perfectly fine. I've used Patriot memory in my Desktop without any problem. I've had Micron and Hynix memories in previous laptops, also without any problem at all. I even have a Corsair flashdrive that has stayed true for the past 3 years now. The brand names - Samsung, Micron, Hynix, Corsair,will probably cost you a bit more, compared to PNY, Patriot, Kingston,etc. but if you are into only basic computing, go with whatever you can find.

 

I saw the question of manufactrer's statement of 'not supporting'  a certain number of GB while the laptop actually can perfectly well do so. I think this may have to do with the fact that the greater the amount of RAM installed, the higher the idle (and in-use) power consumption by the memory, especially if one pushes the laptop into high performance applications. The manufacturerr's support specs are more from a general energy envelope standpoint - lower RAM influences one to run lower power-consuming applications which means heat load / energy removal requirements within the capabilities of the rest of the components such as he fans etc. Thus the manufacturers are playing it safe, and often, within reason.

 

Cheers!

 

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Re: Best brand of Ram???

2012-09-09, 9:19 AM

Hello,

 

I have had good results using memory from Corsair, Crucial, Geil and Patriot in my various ThinkPads, and I cannot say that one particular brand has performed any better or any worse than the others. 

 

Given that the technology seems to be equal, I would suggest looking at price, the reliability of the seller, and the warranty for the RAM.


Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

 



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