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Pros: Both sticks work perfectly and are fully compatible with my motherboard (MSI 970A-G46). I have noticed a significant difference in performance between my previous, slower 4 GB of RAM and these two sticks (faster and 8 GB).
Other Thoughts: I had been using the same 2x2 GB sticks of RAM from a different manufacturer since 2010. (Without naming names, it's a "skilled" manufacturer and loves its "Gs".) I tried to upgrade with identical sticks to get to 8 GB, and they sent me one or more defective sticks. And not once, but twice (after I gave them a second chance). That manufacturer then, after sending me defective sticks twice, told me it was my fault and that I needed to update my BIOS. My BIOS is fully up-to-date and I know what I'm doing; I've been building PCs for 12 years. After that experience, I decided to boycott that manufacturer and try a different manufacturer. After research, I decided to take my chance with Corsair and this model of RAM. Sure enough, they sent me two sticks that work perfectly. I have had great experiences with Corsair before, but this was my first time buying Corsair memory. I am perfectly satisfied, and my future memory purchases will be from Corsair; I urge others to do so as well.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Compucessory Air Duster Cleaner, Moisture-Free/Ozone Safe, 10 oz., 2 / Pack
Pros: (1) Half the price of what my local brick-and-mortar store wanted; (2) Typical power expected from a can of compressed air; (3) Arrived in literally 1 day when I ordered free shipping and expected it to take a week for shipping.
Cons: None.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: See other thoughts below. My 2010 purchase resulted in two sticks that have worked flawlessly.
Cons: See other thoughts below. My 2014 purchase resulted in two DOA sticks.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this exact pair of dual-channel memory in 2010 and it has worked flawlessly. Recently, in 2014, I wanted to expand my mid-range gaming rig from 4 GB to 8 GB of RAM, so I figured the most cost-effective way to do that would be to simply buy two more sticks of the same model.
I did that. I bought two more sticks, and they arrived DOA. Both sticks.
I have been building PCs for 11 years, and I have been fortunate enough to have never received anything DOA. I've had things fail after 1-3+ years, but never DOA.
G Skill wanted to be my first, apparently. I have no idea what its "success" rate is with memory that makes it out of its factory, but I will tell you this: no customer should ever receive anything DOA. Aside from the fact that it may violate federal and most state consumer warranty laws, and the contracts between you, the seller and the manufacturer, it is simply a poor, poor business practice. I wanted my RAM on a specific date, and for a specific price. Instead, I will now receive my replacement RAM well after the time in which I wanted it (my vacation), for at least $7.29 more than the amount that I expected to pay, and for an added 3+ hours of my time spent testing the RAM, testing the RAM again, filling out an RMA form, going to the post office, and waiting in line at the post office. All because the manufacturer neglected to ensure that all the RAM that gets out of its factory to its distributors and sellers functions properly, or at a minimum, is not DOA.
Grade: 5 stars for the 2010 RAM; 0 stars for the 2014 RAM. Averaged, and rounded down because both sticks were DOA = 2 stars.
Note: Newegg has always been a superb seller and I will remain loyal to Newegg, but I will never buy from G Skill again because one DOA is too many. I suggest you do the same.