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john albrich Feb 11, 2011, 04:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 09, 2011, 04:00pm EDT

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Edit: Originally I started this thread just to highlight one exceptional deal on some exceptional memory as I was developing a project. Over time I've added a few more posts as other what I considered exceptional deals on high-performance memory turned up. My intent was to include only what seem to be exceptional deals on high performance RAM, and not just "good" price/performance deals.

I have no personal or financial interest in newegg.



I just thought I'd pass the info along...

Some of you may know I'm looking at developing a super low-budget HTPC. Along the way, I run into some outstanding deals that pop-up because of combinations of sales, promos, rebates. This time, several very good memory deals came up while I was searching because of this "triplet" of price discounts. I don't pay attention to anything less than 1333MHz and prefer 1600MHz. I also suggest reading the "feedback" from people on the Newegg webpages.

Smoking desktop memory deals as of 2011-02-11.
These all include a current 15% discount on all desktop memory. Go to the newegg.com home page for the 15% discount code in the upper right hand corner.
Two of these kits are DDR3-1600, and 2 are DDR-1333
Note that some of these are 1.65V RAM. Your motherboard may have to be capable of providing that voltage (some 1.65V RAM works OK at 1.5V, although sometimes you may have to underclock it for reliability).
DDR3-1600 RAM
6GB (3X 2GB)
$40=$6.60/GB DDR3-1600 Memory Deal on Newegg as of 2011-02-11
(I just found out you can buy THREE packages and apply a $20 rebate to each one!!!
Not your usual "limited to one rebate" crap. So that 15% + $20 rebate per set!
This PNY rebate also seems to be incredibly easy to submit. Rebates done right?)
PNY XLR8 6GB DDR3-1600 w/ rebate+promo $40@3X 2GB~$6.60/GB
8-8-8-24, CAS latency=8
* Timing 8-8-8-24
* Cas Latency 8
* Voltage: 1.65V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178271
Some people report it runs at 1600MHz perfectly OK at "standard" 1.5V
Note that a few people reported 1 dead stick came with order*

8GB (2X 4GB)
$70=$8.70/GB
Patriot G series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 PGV38G1600ELK
* Timing 9-9-9-24
* Cas Latency 9
* Voltage: 1.65V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220484
(I had previously mixed this up the hyperlink with what is effectively the same thing at the same price/rebate, except for the heat-sinks...
Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 PGD38G1600ELK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220558)

DDR3-1333

8GB (2X 4GB)
$52 = $6.45/GB
Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 PGV38G1333ELK
* Timing 9-9-9-24
* Cas Latency 9
* Voltage: 1.65V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220466

8GB (2X 4GB)
$57=$7/GB
CORSAIR XMS3 (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
* DDR3 1333
* Timing 9-9-9-24
* Cas Latency 9
* Voltage: 1.5V – 1.65V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145315



* I believe MANY of the persistent "dead stick" RAM reported on new orders by people have more to do with people not following proper RAM handling/installation/removal procedurses, OR they have a CPU / motherboard which has some "default" limits and don't understand you cannot just install the RAM and it will automatically run at 1600MHz speed. You must generally "overclock" to achieve the >=1600MHz speed. In some cases Intel's "XMS" may do this for you, but in some cases it won't. With AMD CPUs prior to the new "A" series CPUs you will have to manually "overclock". This means you possibly have to adjust the timings AND voltages of one or more of the following: RAM, Northbridge Chipset, CPU, FSB. Some motherboards don't provide all that flexibility. So even though you may be able to adjust SOME of the timings, you may still encounter BSODs, etc. even though the DDR3-1600 (or above) RAM module is 100% OK. You also have to understand what happens when you mix RAM modules that have different voltage and timing requirements. You may or may not be able to get a RAM "mix" to work, and increasing voltage to make one RAM module type work may damage a RAM module designed to work at a lower voltage.

Plugging the RAM sticks into the sockets while AC power is STILL being provided to the PSU is a big bad no-no.

AC mains MUST be off or removed from the PSU (and given a minute to "bleed-down" or "bleed-off") when installing/removing RAM. Using the front panel switch is NOT enough. Either use the rear PSU power switch or to be safe, unplug the AC mains power cable from the PSU.

In addition, proper ESD handling procedure must be followed or there is a very real risk of causing permanent and immediate or latent damage to the RAM. "Latent" damage can show up as errors in a few hours, days, or months. It is very real and can occur with as little as 30V of electrostatic charge on modern computer parts.

I have no financial or personal interest in newegg.


edit:
+added info re: 3X $20 rebates possible on the PNY. Not "limited to one per household".
+corrected link to Patriot Sector 5 DDR3-1600 (note basically same $/performance as the 'wrong' link (Gamer2 DDR3-1600))
edit:
removed date reference and Newegg limitation in thread title
edit:
added details re: changing timings and/or voltages to make DDR3 >=1600 work with AMD CPU
edit:
Found out some iX Intel CPUs also have default RAM speed limits that have to be addressed by manual "overclocking". Apparently XMS isn't universal in Intel-land.


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>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-02-11
john albrich said:
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I just thought I'd pass the info along...

Some of you may know I'm looking at developing a super low-budget HTPC. Along the way, I run into some outstanding deals that pop-up because of combinations of sales, promos, rebates. This time, several very good memory deals came up while I was searching because of this "triplet" of price discounts. I don't pay attention to anything less than 1333MHz and prefer 1600MHz. I also suggest reading the "feedback" from people on the Newegg webpages.

Smoking desktop memory deals as of 2011-02-11.
These all include a current 15% discount on all desktop memory. Go to the newegg.com home page for the 15% discount code in the upper right hand corner.
Two of these kits are DDR3-1600, and 2 are DDR-1333
Note that some of these are 1.65V RAM. Your motherboard may have to be capable of providing that voltage (some 1.65V RAM works OK at 1.5V, although sometimes you may have to underclock it for reliability).
DDR3-1600 RAM
6GB (3X 2GB)
$40=$6.60/GB DDR3-1600 Memory Deal on Newegg as of 2011-02-11
PNY XLR8 6GB DDR3-1600 w/ rebate+promo $40@3X 2GB~$6.60/GB
8-8-8-24, CAS latency=8
* Timing 8-8-8-24
* Cas Latency 8
* Voltage: 1.65V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178271
Some people report it runs at 1600MHz perfectly OK at "standard" 1.5V
Note that a few people reported 1 dead stick came with order*

8GB (2X 4GB)
$70=$8.70/GB
Patriot G series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 PGV38G1600ELK
* Timing 9-9-9-24
* Cas Latency 9
* Voltage: 1.65V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220558

DDR3-1333

8GB (2X 4GB)
$52 = $6.45/GB
Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 PGV38G1333ELK
* Timing 9-9-9-24
* Cas Latency 9
* Voltage: 1.65V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220466

8GB (2X 4GB)
$57=$7/GB
CORSAIR XMS3 (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 CMX8GX3M2A1333C9
* DDR3 1333
* Timing 9-9-9-24
* Cas Latency 9
* Voltage: 1.5V – 1.65V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145315



* I believe MANY of the persistent "dead stick" RAM reported on new orders by people have more to do with people not following proper RAM handling/installation/removal procedurses.

Plugging the RAM sticks into the sockets while AC power is STILL being provided to the PSU is a big bad no-no.

AC mains MUST be off or removed from the PSU (and given a minute to "bleed-down" or "bleed-off") when installing/removing RAM. Using the front panel switch is NOT enough. Either use the rear PSU power switch or to be safe, unplug the AC mains power cable from the PSU.

In addition, proper ESD handling procedure must be followed or there is a very real risk of causing permanent and immediate or latent damage to the RAM. "Latent" damage can show up as errors in a few hours, days, or months. It is very real and can occur with as little as 30V of electrostatic charge on modern computer parts.

I have no financial or personal interest in newegg.


Wow thats some cheap ram.

John, Newegg should pay you for the amount of advertising you do for them.....I might pick up some of this memory....hopefully newegg.ca has the same dealios

john albrich Feb 13, 2011, 05:03am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-02-11
kieranosaurusrex said:
...John, Newegg should pay you for the amount of advertising you do for them....


As long as Newegg keeps treating their customers right that's good enough for me. Newegg's reputation is solid.

Case in point. I was given a green light to return some recently purchased RAM for full credit and pre-paid return shipping. My stated (and honest) reason for the return was that I instead wanted to get faster DDR3-1600 RAM.

They gave me a green light and emailed a return shipping label without ANY hesitation or hassle*, even though there was no guarantee my purchase of the faster RAM would be from them (I did so after I got the green light, but they didn't know that at the time).

THAT is superior customer service.

With the good mood that put me in, I may even decide to keep the 8GB of slower DDR3-1333 RAM, too, and give it as a gift to someone in my family.



*Note: there is a returned product examination after they receive the returned item, but that is only to ensure you're not sending back user-damaged crap. If you haven't done anything to it, and especially if you haven't even opened the package, there is no reason to expect any delay in the crediting process.

john albrich Feb 13, 2011, 05:05am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-02-11

Looks like the 15% global discount on desktop memory has expired as of a few hours ago.

But, it will likely come along again.

john albrich Feb 17, 2011, 02:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-02-11

$58 ($9.70/GB) Corsair DDR3-1600 after sale+promo+rebate
(note: this is 1.65volt RAM, 9-9-9-24)

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682014522...145222-L0E

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>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-02-11

Looks like this was a definite bargain! Now of course, I wish I had bought two packs :~

The PNY memory I bought (see earlier post above) has been running fine for about 3 hours under self-booting UBCD: memtest86+
6GB (3X 2GB)
$40=$6.60/GB DDR3-1600
PNY XLR8 6GB DDR3-1600

Under the same tests, I think the PNY's are running about 5C warmer than the 2X 2GB Corsair DDR-1600 RAM they are replacing. I'm sure a RAM fan would make a big difference.

Running memtest86+
Set to 1.64V at 8-8-8-24 timings.

Handheld IR thermal sensor* shows:
~49C max RAM heat spreader temp
@ conditions
~31C system ambient (per mobo sensor)*
~24C room ambient (per thermometer calibrated to +/- 1C within this temp range)


*With the mobo sensor reporting "system ambient"=31C, I made independent IR measurements on over a dozen different locations within the system. They ranged from 28C to 31C. (Using lab equipment I've calibrated both the IR sensor and the thermometer to +/- 1C in the temp ranges reported)

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Edited: Feb 21, 2011, 01:23pm EST

 
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-02-21

EXPIRED

$35 ($8.75/GB) Good until 10am PST 20110221
Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 BL2KIT25664FN1608
1.65Volt 8-8-8-24
Finned-heat-spreader with thermal sensor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148351

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Edited: Feb 22, 2011, 04:42pm EST

 
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-02-22

Ends 02/28

$70 ($8.75/GB) good thru Feb28 ($105-$15promo-$20rebate)

Patriot G series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 PGV38G1600ELK
1.65Volt 9-9-9-24
Finned-heat-spreader
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220484


(note: Newegg HAD Kingston 4GB DDR3-1600 HyperX at $5/GB but sold out quickly. Damn)

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Edited: Apr 20, 2011, 02:17pm EDT

 
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-04-20

DEAL HAS EXPIRED
$8.75/GB Price Good til 10am PDT 20110420

$140 ($8.75/GB) 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600 240pin
Free shipping
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231315
Model F3-12800CL9Q-16GBRL
* Timing 9-9-9-24-2N
* Cas Latency 9

DEAL HAS EXPIRED

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>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-04-20
so sad looking at these deals. i remember paying over 600 bux for my ram.

oh well, gotta wait till ddr4

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Edited: May 26, 2011, 06:02pm EDT

 
>> Expired--Expires in 0 minutes
Expires in 0 minutes (3pm May26th PDT)

$79.99 (free shipping)

$10/GB for DDR3-1866MHz RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231455
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3
14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9D-8GBXL
Cas Latency: 9
Voltage: 1.5V
Timing: 9-10-9-28

edit:
change from 90 to 60 to 30 to 0 minutes (expired)

Michael C May 26, 2011, 06:22pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-04-20
I like the thread title...

"Smoking...4...20..." - Good one John!

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>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-04-20
Lol I feel lucky. By the time I do a complete upgrade I'll be able to buy all of these parts for the price of dirt.

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>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-04-20
Meats_Of_Evil said:
Lol I feel lucky. By the time I do a complete upgrade I'll be able to buy all of these parts for the price of dirt.


Except all these parts WILL be dirt by then.

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>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals on Newegg as of 2011-04-20
Michael C said:
I like the thread title...
"Smoking...4...20..." - Good one John!

Yeah...I forgot to update the initializing post's title date this time. My intention is to remember to update the date with each update, so each opportunity update is "in your face" and clearly different from every arbitrary NON-new "smoking deal" comment post within the thread.

But I have forgotten to update the update dates a few times so I'm just gonna drop the date in the thread title and rely on the update post dates. (Ha! 12 'date' refs in those three sentences!)

Also, if other people contribute and post about exceptional "smoking deal" offers, they can't change the title...so IF that starts happening, it makes sense to drop it from the thread title.

Currently, my thresholds are memory has to be approximately selling for
-US$8/GB or less range for DDR3-1600MHz (or comparable/better)
-US$10/GB or less range for DDR3-1866MHz (or comparable/better)

For example, I don't consider DDR3-1333MHz selling for $8/GB a real "smoking deal" anymore. It's a good deal, but when you can get DDR3-1600 for the same or better price, you might as well go for the 1600 for future uplift and possible system O.C. capability. Plus, for now I've been ignoring laptop memory deals.

Others might want to include laptop memory, or even exceptional DDR2 deals since typical prices for those 2 categories can be sometimes obscene.

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Edited: May 31, 2011, 07:10pm EDT

 
>> $12.50/GB DDR3-2133MHz RAM EXPIRED
EXPIRED 3PM PDT 20110531 (sale lasted 2 hours)

$12.50/GB DDR3-2133MHz RAM <Free Shipping>
Instant Price...NO WAITING FOR REBATE
($100 = 50% off...normally $200)
9 Cas Latency
9-11-10-28 Timing

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 996996
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226199


Compare this to:
$130 ($16.25/GB normal price for GSkill DDR3-2133MHz RAM)
11 Cas Latency
11-11-11-30 Timing

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231468


edit:
Sorry. Fingers and concentration are REALLY a problem today due to meds.
edit:
add GSkill RAM comparison
change from 100min to 90min

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Edited: Jun 01, 2011, 03:32am EDT

 
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals

HAS NOW EXPIRED AS OF 201106010000 (0700UCT)
For whatever reason, the Mushkin $100 DDR3-2133 RAM "Shell-Shocker" deal has NOT expired at the 3PM specified time. I just placed an order into my "cart" and it posted at $99.99 with a $100 "instant" discount.

I don't know if this is a Newegg error or if they've decided to extend the special discount for a longer period.

I do NOT know when or if this 50% "instant" discounted price will change.



BUT, as of 201106010715UCT the GSkill offer remains at $99.99

Oh...and the GSkill 2x4GB DDR3-2133 is now also discounted to $100...no "Shell-Shocker", rebate, etc. is indicated. Newegg simply appears to have reduced the price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231468

It's important to note that the CAS/timings are different AND the GSkill RAM runs at 1.5V while the Mushkin RAM runs at 1.65V...which could be a factor re: heat/power-consumption, and ultimately possible over-clocking potential.

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>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals
Michael C (34292) said on May 27, 2011 at 15:26 ADT:
Except all these parts WILL be dirt by then.


True, but it will be better dirt than the dirt I already have :P

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Edited: Jun 03, 2011, 09:55pm EDT

 
>> $10/GB DDR3-1866MHz RAM Expired 201106031800PDT
DEAL HAS EXPIRED

$10/GB DDR3-1866MHz RAM
Expires 201106031800PDT (==201106040100UCT)
(cost AFTER shell-shocker promo AND $20 rebate AND Newegg discount)

Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model PXD38G1866ELK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220562

DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000)
($15/GB @ $120 normal price)

9 Cas Latency
9-11-9-27 Timing
1.65V Voltage


edit:
change expire warning to "Has Expired" from "~1 Hour" from "2-1/2 Hours"

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>> $8.75/GB DDR3-1600MHz 2x2GB Rebate expires 20110630

$8.75/GB DDR3-1600MHz 2x2GB after discount and rebate
Rebate expires 20110630
Not the best deal I've seen for DDR3-1600 cas9 RAM, more smoldering than 'smoking', but it's a good price if all you need is a fast 2x2GB 4GB configuration.

Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PGV34G1600ELK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220436


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Edited: Jun 14, 2011, 02:14pm EDT

 
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals

This has now SOLD OUT. Sorry if you missed it.

$6.25/GB 8GB DDR3 1600 (after discount and rebate)
Kingston Rebate Expires 20110620

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104173
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX
$50=$85-$25rebate-$10promo
1.65V
cas9
9-9-9-27 timings


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