been almost six months now since the initial introduction of
DDR SDRAM, but if not for a few embarrassing bugs along the
way, DDR memory as well as DDR mainboards were not readily available
until late February. Crucial was among the first to offer high
quality DDR ram, but initially in only at a PC1600 rating at
the price of their PC133SDRAM. Other manufacturers such as Mushkin
and Corsair have been offering PC2100 DDR RAM, but it was not
until very recently, and after the subsequent release of Crucial's
PC2100 RAM have we seen an enormous drop in price.
RAM is now in full force, and Crucial is offering sticks of
128MB PC2100 for a measly $33! This is very different from the
$150 sticks of the same size and speed sold for just a few of
months ago. So now that you're ready to upgrade, which brand
should you buy? We put two top tier memory manufactures in an
all out grudge match to answer that very question.
memory modules can appear to be created equal, they are often
not. A good name brand module often has distinct advantages
over generic modules of the same kind. While this difference
is in stability, or ability to overclock, you're often better
off buying the name brand. While often times more expensive
than generic RAM, superior fabrication and quality control of
name brand RAM translates into a better, more stable module.