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Pros: Good kit overall. Nice heat sink cover over the RAM modules. Feels sturdy when pushing into the slots. Allows option for overclock up to 2000MHz. Runs just fine also at 1600. I am running 1600 only because it's a better timing for my stock CPU speeds right now, but I like that I can ramp it up without fear.
Cons: Autodetect on my motherboard didn't seem to yield good results. I had to go in and manually set certain things to get it to stock 1600 MHz, even.
The fan started the death rattle less than a year in. I thought maybe something important was going south with the noise coming from my case. Turns out it was the RAM fan! Yanked it out and the case is quiet once again, which is a shame because I liked that fan setup. No egg deducted, though, as the RAM is still working just fine.
No documentation included. Not even printed on the packaging itself. Nothing listing the timing you might need to know. No explicit list saying "this is 8-9-8-24 RAM @ 1.65V"... Newegg gave me more info on how to set the RAM than Corsair did.
Other Thoughts: Why can't RAM manufacturers just come out and list the timings on the packaging? There are a number of motherboard BIOS settings that are confusing and if you have to set them manually (or if you want to) it's really hard to find out what the settings on the RAM are!
It would be nice to just look at the back label and see "Oh, I see, I set this, that, and this, and I'm good"... tras, mcas, etc, can be confusing for those not at the advanced level and aren't looking to overclock.
Ram installed on:
EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366
Stock air-cooled Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz
Pros: To correct a comment below, Windows 7 Home Premium supports only 16GB of memory. However, both Windows 7 Professional (which I own and use) and Windows 7 Ultimate have a max capacity of 192GB (in x64)
The Windows 7 versions and their max supported RAM:
Home Basic: 8GB
Home Premium: 16GB
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Pros: On 2nd PC it went in, installed fine, and instantly worked after a reboot. No problems, allows me to remove a wired cable from a mid-tower case.
Cons: On 1st PC it went into free PCI slot and did not work. Funky things happened. Installed drivers, but it kept blinking in and out in software... When it registered it never showed a network, never showed any wireless networks to connect to, etc. Tried downloading newer drivers with no joy. Let windows work the WLAN, no joy.
Ended up yanking a PCI card and trying another slot. Similar problems. However I did something somehow that got the hardware manager to indicate a conflict with the card and it didn't show up in Windows anymore. IRQ or some other conflict? Really? Seriously? So I had to pull 3 PCI cards INCLUDING my nice SoundBlaster Audigy card and cram it next to my PCIe video card. Luckily it's low profile toward the back and didn't disrupt airflow. WORKED! Terrible issues with hardware compatibility. Was able to put 2 cards back in PCI slots but had to leave Audigy off and use onboard sound. Bleh!! 2 eggs off for this major 2-day ordeal I went through.
Other Thoughts: The PC it worked with had an ASRock Dual775-VSTA motherboard. The one it didn't was a newer but similar dual ASRock board of different model name. Very major issues with hardware incompatibilities.
Don't get this if you are doing online gaming. As painful as it might be to string cable, that's the best thing for latency and online games. If you're not doing real-time gaming like shooters or flight sims, go for it. It's actually quite nice on the non-gaming computers.
Works fine IF it works. If not, you have to work hard, and you may NOT get it working, period. So if you're somewhat sure you know you stuff it's a 70% shot you can get it working. If you're not very tech savvy, it's going to be a 50/50 shot it will work or not. Total craps shoot.
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