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Thread: Kingston Hyper-X vs. Corasir XMS




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    Need to make a quick decision on memory to buy for my new system, both are 1 gb kits, Pc3200 ddr400, Got to choose between the Kingston Hyper X (ak2/1GB) or the Corsair XMS Extreme Memory Series. Any thoughts? I've always used Kingston before, and the prices are within $10 of each other, which is better? this is an XP 3000+ system w DFI Lanparty NFII mobo (nforce 2) and Radeon 9800 Pro (probably Sapphire or Gigabyte).
    Help?:wow:

    of course, as soon as I order, I'm sure prices will drop as usual...
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    I've been usin' Corsair since the XMS line came out and won't use anything else for hi performance setups.

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    I would get the Kingston, and the reason is its more overclockable and runs better timings. Just make sure you don't get the 3200 with the "A" in it. The "A" denotes Winbond CH5 chips, and what you want is BH5.

    I am using KHX3200/256 which is guaranteed BH5. Simply get 512mb modules instead if you want 1Gb. The Corsair cannot guarantee BH5 chips and you don't want to end up with CH5.

    The difference between the two is 2-2-2-5 and 2-3-2-5. Despite the small timing change it actually does make a big difference (at least on 865/875 Intel chipsets - not sure about AMD but I would assume the same). Mine will do up to 223mhz 2-2-2-5 (DDR446) on only 2.85v and 240mhz 2-2-2-5 (DDR480) with 3.1v or so.

    The CH5 is defintely cheaper though as it is cheaper to produce. If you really don't care about the difference then it will save you some money.

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    as someone who has some of each - I can say that my KT Hyper X is far superior to my Corsair XMS.
    In either of my systems - the KT will allow much more aggressive timings than the Corsair
    It may be partly due to the fact the my KT is Pc3500 vs. 3200 ofr the corsair - but the price was comparable when I got it.....maybe my Corsair is just a poor sample - most people seem pretty impressed w/it
    :2cents:

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    The difference between your two are going to be either CH5 or BH5.

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    Why can my Buffalo Tech PC3200 with CH-5 chips do a 250FSB if CH-5 is so bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    Why can my Buffalo Tech PC3200 with CH-5 chips do a 250FSB if CH-5 is so bad?
    Show me a screenshot. Until then I won't believe it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner
    Show me a screenshot. Until then I won't believe it.
    I will, whenever I get me a better cooler for this P4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    I will, whenever I get me a better cooler for this P4.
    You said they do 250mhz? Let's see it......

    You sound like you haven't even done it yet. What are the vdimm options on that board?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulburner
    You said they do 250mhz? Let's see it......

    You sound like you haven't even done it yet. What are the vdimm options on that board?
    I havent had it up t that on this mobo, but on my 8RDA+ I did, though it was only a post, as I didnt expect it t load Windows, but I think I can d it on here. Ive ran them at 230FSB stable, at stock VDIMM

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