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Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (Yellow Heat Spreader) Model TLYD38G1600HC9DC01
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: It works - now on my 5th set and have never gotten a bad stick. WEI marks were high when I was using Win 7. Runs at advertised speeds.

Have used with Asus and MSI boards, both AMD and Intel.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: have also had two 8gb sets of Team Zeus with similar experience. So far, so good with this company.

Apotop 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model U3A4Gx2-16C9BB
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: WEI 7.7 when installed with a $60 Pentium CPU (G3240 3.1 Ghz). Like many of us I take the WEI scores with a large grain of salt but this caught my attention nonetheless. It can’t be a bad thing and most other memory does not score as high.

Price - looks like a real bargain so far

It was also reassuring to see “100% Hand Tested” along with the usual “Lifetime Warranty” in big letters on the box it comes in after removing it from the larger NewEgg box.

I also consider the 9-9-9-24 timings and 1.5V also to be a plus.

System booted right up after I installed it although I did have to change it from 1333 to 1600 in the BIOS. I take that as related to the board rather than the ram sticks although it wouldn’t bother me at all if it was the ram. A few seconds is a small price to pay for a product that does its job well

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: While doing some research on this company I noticed that these sticks were listed under “Performance Memory” rather than the generic “For Desktop”.

So far, so good.

Transcend SSD340 TS128GSSD340 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Installed without a hitch

Blazing fast boot and load times—I know it is expected of an SSD but this is the fastest I’ve used out of bunch of them including Samsung, Crucial, OCZ, Corsair, Intel, and Kingston. This is based on watch-timed boot and reboot times rather than benchmarks. Apps load instantly as the do almost all SSDs.

Comes with a nice little 2.5 – 3.5 drive caddy. I didn’t need to use it because the case has a built-in slot but it is nice to have on hand for future builds.

Only time will tell as to how it will do over the long haul in terms of longevity and maintaining something close to this performance little but I don’t plan on waiting very long before grabbing another—probably on Black Friday.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Boot 11 sec, reboot ~ 15 sec. This isn’t so special compared to most of the SSD reviews I’ve read in recent months but I know the ones I’ve used have not come close to the numbers I’ve read about . I read one the other day claiming a boot times of 3 sec! I wonder if these are perceived times are actual watch times. As I said earlier, I’ve used most of the top models including Samsung, Crucial, Intel, etc. and they are slow in comparison (although plenty fast enough for me.
I know there are other considerations but is somewhat meaningful to me considering this system has the same base software package I use on 90% of my builds: Win 7-64 Pro or Ultimate, Nero Burning Rom, Malwarebytes, CCleaner, and Firefox. For this one I also installed Win 8.1 Pro—not dual boot but a separate image that can be restored in 5 minutes with True Image. Win8 boots a little faster but I still prefer Win7 otherwise.

Amazingly the CPU for the system I just installed it in is only a $60 Pentium G3240 3.1 GHz Dual Core.

The whole thing:

Intel Pentium G3240 3.1 GHz Haswell 54W
8GB (2 x 4) Apotop 1600 MHz: 9-9-9-24 1.5V (first time for this brand – nice!)
Transcend 128GB SSD
500GB Seagate Baracuda 7200 RPM
Asus H81M-D Plus LGA 1150 Micro ATX Mobo
Antec NSK-3180 Micro-ATX (smaller than avg for this category)
Antec Green 380W 80 Plus Bronze PS


James H.'s Profile

Display Name: James H.

Date Joined: 12/10/03

  • Reviews: 46
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  • First Review: 12/13/03
  • Last Review: 12/03/14
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