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Pros:

first off, let me say: i'm a huge corsair fan. if they make a product, i usually go with them before anyone else.

i bought the single stick version of this ram for a build a while back: worked fine
this time, with the kit... didn't work out for me
corsair i give more than 2 stars, but this particular product i had a real bad experience with

Cons:

when i built the system for a client, it would freeze up on 3dmark06
it would also freeze during most any game
after the ram passed memtest, it seemed like a video card issue to me
so, i rma'ed the video card:

not too long after the computer started having this strange problem of always saying "windows did not shut down properly" every time it was left off for over 4 hours
again, i ran memtest on the ram: passed
i then tested it with the same program in my machine: passed

so, i thought the only thing that could be responsible was the mobo or the power supply
i ripped the power supply out of my comp, used it on his rig: did the same thing
so, i rma'ed the mobo, and got a replacement: still had the same problem

that meant it was either the ram or the cpu, but the nature of a bad cpu didn't correlate at all with these problems; so, i googled "can ram pass memtest and still be bad"... turns out it can; and it was

Other Thoughts:

rma's took me a week to get sent back to the factory, then about another half a week to have them send me a new one... that's 3 weeks between the video card and the mobo, which i rma'ed unnecessarily

then, as i said, the problem only occurred after the system was off for over four hours, so that put trouble shooting down to about an idea a day

all in all... this ram being bad put me through an absolute nightmare: if it was my time and money, i wouldn't have cared so much
but it was a client build, and he had to wait almost a month after he handed a whole hand full of dollars to get a working comp: very stressful for both of us

moral of the story: i do love corsair, i can't say i'll stay away from them from now on; but i will stay away from this particular ram
so, if you experience similar problems, don't rule out that it could be the ram, just because it passes memtest

build was:
asus m4a88td-v evo
amd phenom II x4 945 95watt
corsair 400watt psu
asus 5670

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