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john albrich Jun 23, 2011, 04:45am EDT Report Abuse
>> Promo Expired, Rebate still makes it ~$7/GB
15% Promo EXPIRED 20110623.2359 PDT * (that's tonight)
$20 Rebate EXPIRES 20110627

$5.68/GB DDR3-1600 RAM
$45.44 = $76.99-15%promo-$20rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104246
Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8G
* DDR3 1600
* Cas Latency 9
* Voltage 1.65V
* Multi-channel Kit: Dual Channel Kit


* The 15% promo code for Desktop Memory can be found in the right third of the standard http://www.newegg.com home page "deals" banner.

It's disgusting. That's nearly 1/2 what I think I paid for my 2x4GB DDR3-1600 just 5 months ago.

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john albrich Jul 06, 2011, 02:13pm EDT Report Abuse
>> $6/GB DDR3-1600 (2x4GB)

REBATE EXPIRES 20110731 (limit 2 rebates)

$6/GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
I calculated for 2x4GB (the limit of 2 rebates and to combine shipping cost)
$48.27=$85.98+$2.29ship-$40rebate
Corsair XMS3 CMX4GX3M1A1600C9 4GB PC12800 DDR3-1600 RAM
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Detai...No=6812107

9 CAS Latency
9 9 9 24 Memory Timing
1.65V Voltage

edit to "correct"
While the TigerDirect page shows 1.5V, Corsair specification page shows it is in fact 1.65V (which is more common for this)

Dr. Peaceful Jul 06, 2011, 03:52pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals
Good stuffs. How much do they pay you, John? ;) j/k

john albrich Jul 06, 2011, 05:55pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals

Dr. Peaceful said:
Good stuffs. How much do they pay you, John? ;) j/k


Alas! Not a single drachma.

I just like sharing the info showing folks that if one is just a tiny bit patient one can find really good deals for relatively "fast" memory. Sometimes almost 50% savings just by waiting for a few weeks for a sale/rebate.

I like to keep a spare motherboard and CPU handy to test/burn-in any memory I buy within the first 30day e-tailer RMA period when I'm not actively looking to buy a system. Similarly with other combinations to test/burn-in any CPU, mother, HDD/SSD, etc, It seems it's always easier/faster/cheaper to RMA with the major e-tailers rather than the manufacturers. So I get the testing done up front. This way I'm not pressured to buy all the items together within a 30day period where I'd usually end-up usually paying much higher prices.

The Newegg deals come up more often because shipping is often "free", whereas TigerDirect usually isn't free and as a result Newegg deals end up generally being cheaper per GB more often.

micro Jul 07, 2011, 10:43am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals
When i look up ram on newegg, this ram does not show up!
This ram is only listed under "spotlight".

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (black only)
Only qualified 1.5V XMP RAM on Intel Core i3/i5/i7

Normally $84-$100, now $60.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682023314..._-07072011


EDIT:
7/8/11 Back up to $84.99

7/11/11 down to $74.99 for black or blue.

GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, 2600k @ 4.0
16 gig Corsair Vengeance
Evga gtx 260 216, samsung 2253lw"
Baracuda 7,200.12 CoolerMaster 212 +
Win 7 64, fsp fx700-gln, Razer DA,G15
Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid
Silence in the face of evil is it's self Ev
john albrich Jul 13, 2011, 01:39pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals

EXPIRES midnight tonight 201107132359

$8.75/GB DDR3 1866MHz RAM
$70 shellshocker price (includes 4GB flash drive)
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
1.5V Voltage
9 Cas Latency
9-10-9-28 Timing

Edit to add:
These are the special low-voltage (1.5V) versions. And, for one list of fully qualified motherboards see http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=378
Newegg has been selling at "normal" price of $85. Too bad Newegg isn't running one of its "15% off all desktop memory" deals. That would be amazing.

john albrich Jul 20, 2011, 08:12am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals

Expires=UNKNOWN

$7/GB DDR3-1600MHz 2x4GB RAM
$57 = $80+$7ship-$20rebate-$10coupon
(your shipping fee may be more or less)
(The $10off "coupon" code is very clearly shown on the product webpage immediately above the "Add to Cart" button. If you don't see the coupon code on the page, then the deal has expired)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Detai...No=7104116
Kingston KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX HyperX Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2 x 4GB)
PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-27 CAS Latency, Intel XPM Ready

john albrich Jul 20, 2011, 09:16am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals

Expires 20110731

$6.75/GB DDR3-1600MHz 1x4GB RAM
$27=$40+$7ship-$20rebate (I think this is limited to ONE rebate)
(your shipping fee may be more or less)
Corsair XMS3 CMX4GX3M1A1600C9 1x4GB DDR3-1600MHz
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-detai...No=6812107
9-9-9-24

Note: this is $39 on Newegg right now, but rebate does not seem available on newegg. However, Newegg also often is either much lower or even $0 shipping fees for items like this, and regularly has 10% or 15% discounts for desktop RAM. One can sometimes get about the same or better deal from Newegg even without the hassle of a rebate

john albrich Jul 29, 2011, 04:13pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals

EXPIRES MIDNIGHT 20110729 PDT (about 11 hours from now)

$3.75/GB DDR3-1333 RAM
$29.99=$64.99-$15shellshocker-$20rebate

Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR3 1333
Model PGD38G1333ELK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220557
9-9-9-24 Timing
1.65 Volts

Normally, I wouldn't consider this slower memory these days, but it's 4GB DDR3 modules for only $15 each! Cheap enough to use for debugging, if nothing else.

p.s. I have my doubts as to whether they'd over-clock worth a damn. Remember, these are already spec'd running at 1.65 volts for relatively slow 1333MHz performance.

micro Aug 02, 2011, 10:54am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Shell shocker $49.99

Cas Latency:
9
Voltage:
1.5V
Multi-channel Kit:
Dual Channel Kit
Timing:
9-9-9-24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, 2600k @ 4.0
16 gig Corsair Vengeance
Evga gtx 260 216, samsung 2253lw"
Baracuda 7,200.12 CoolerMaster 212 +
Win 7 64, fsp fx700-gln, Razer DA,G15
Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid
Silence in the face of evil is it's self Ev
john albrich Aug 04, 2011, 03:34pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals
EXPIRES TODAY 20110804, Midnight PDT

$5/GB DDR3-1600MHz at 1.5V, 2x4GB
$39=$63-$6sale-$20rebate
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570
CAS9

john albrich Aug 04, 2011, 04:01pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals
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People keep claiming "bad" RAM modules when the REAL problem is "bad" users :(

Note: I added the following to my original post, to address the issue of why people seem to REPORT so many "DOA" or "Bad" RAM modules in their reviews. A number of people report in their review on multiple vendor and RAM manufacturer websites, that the DDR3-1600 (or above) modules show up as "only" DDR3-1333 speed, or they report that the RAM is "bad" because it causes BSODs, failures to POST, and other indications of what seem to be hardware defects.

But the real problem is, that some Intel CPU and AMD CPU motherboards have a default RAM speed limit and users don't understand you cannot just install the higher speed RAM modules and they will automatically run at 1600MHz (or above) speed.

It requires more work and more SELF-education from the user.

You must generally "overclock" to achieve the >=1600MHz speed. This means that on any arbitrary motherboard you possibly have to adjust the timings AND voltages of one or more of the following: RAM modules, Northbridge Chipset, CPU, FSB. Some motherboards/BIOS-Setting-Menus don't provide all the needed flexibility for a given module. 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. And as most "overclockers" know, when you change the voltages or timings, you may "break" something else entirely...again, making it appear as though your new RAM is what is at fault.

Users also need to understand that some common DDR3 RAM modules are designed to run at 1.65volts while others are designed to run at 1.5volts (or lower), and the user may be mixing them with poor results. This may OR may not cause a problem, but people keep blaming "bad" modules when it's really their ignorance regarding all the technical requirements and inter-dependencies when installing modern RAM on modern motherboards.

And, although increasingly rare (but more likely on "budget" motherboards), some motherboards simply aren't designed to properly handle the higher frequencies from an electrical engineering standpoint. Even going from a motherboard XYZ version "1.0" to motherboard XYZ version "2.0 can introduce (or solve) such problems. A specific example as it affects RAM module support: the Gigabyte GA-880GMA-UD2H motherboard. Mobo Ver2.0 supports only up to DDR3-1800MHz, while Ver2.1 supports up to DDR3-2000 MHz RAM. Unfortunately, when ordering you can't usually specify which version of a motherboard you want. Also, it's not something that is fixed by a BIOS update.
Note: a major version change usually means a fundamental circuitry design change...which can have a profound impact on how a circuit board handles higher frequencies.


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.
edit 20110822
very minor, minimal-impacting clarification edit

micro Aug 05, 2011, 10:54am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals
CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Todays shell shocker,Blue,1.5v $50



http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=ShellSho...08052011_1

GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3, 2600k @ 4.0
16 gig Corsair Vengeance
Evga gtx 260 216, samsung 2253lw"
Baracuda 7,200.12 CoolerMaster 212 +
Win 7 64, fsp fx700-gln, Razer DA,G15
Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid
Silence in the face of evil is it's self Ev
john albrich Aug 06, 2011, 03:21pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals

EXPIRES tonight at midnight PDT = "DailyDeal"

$5/GB DDR3-1600 RAM, 1.65V, CAS9

$40 after rebate
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
* Cas Latency 9
* Voltage 1.65V


john albrich Aug 09, 2011, 02:56pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals

Expires Midnight 20110809
Good deal for DDR3-1866 high-speed RAM modules

$8/GB DDR3-1866 RAM 1.65V CAS9
$65=$95-$10dailydeal-$20rebate
Patriot Viper Xtreme 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3-1866 (PC3 15000)
Desktop Memory Model PXD38G1866ELK
* DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000)
* Timing 9-11-9-27
* Cas Latency 9
* Voltage: 1.65V

Just like using DDR3-1600 RAM with some Intel and AMD CPUs/motherboards, you have to "overclock" the BIOS Settings in order to make this work at the higher 1866 speed.
DDR3-1866 RAM MAY NOT WORK AT 1866MHz ON YOUR MOTHERBOARD
Read your mobo/CPU specs and understand what you will need to do to make this faster RAM work in your system before you commit to a purchase. Otherwise, you may have 100% OK faster RAM, but may be limited to using it at 1033MHz or 1333MHz speed.

See my post at http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/77413/?o=20#592907

edit:
just found out some iX Intel CPUs also have default RAM speed limits that have to be addressed by "overclocking".

john albrich Aug 09, 2011, 07:32pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals

Expires unknown

$6.25/GB DDR3-1600 RAM 2x4GB 1.65V CAS9
$49=$75-$26sale

Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3-1600 (PC3 12800)
Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3X1K2/8GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104266

Not the best price seen for 1600s, but these are "Limited Edition" modules and include some sort of free game.

Heatsinks are a bit more than just a "rectangular plate" but is less than a "sawtooth" type of design. However, the heatsinks on these RAM also have paper labels on BOTH sides of module. How much more that degrades heat dissipation is an unknown, but it will affect it to some degree.

Meats_Of_Evil Aug 10, 2011, 01:25am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals
This makes me sad. The last time I bought ram was 4gb of DDR2 OCZ 800mhz SLI edition lol. It cost me $75 on eBay and I added them to my already installed 800 mhz OCZ SLI RAM. Technological progress suck sometimes :(

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john albrich Aug 10, 2011, 01:11pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals

EXPIRES midnight 20110810 PDT

$6.25/GB DDR3-1600 1.65V CAS9

Again, not the best price seen recently, but there are no rebate hassles.
And, this makes things easy for someone needing just a single stick of 4GB RAM.

$25=$35-$10shellshocker sale

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600
Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M1A1600C9
* Timing 9-9-9-24
* Cas Latency 9

Please see requirements/cautions/tips for using DDR3-1600 and higher RAM on modern motherboards
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/77413/?o=20#592907


edit to add:
By the way, I've been testing 2 of these Corsairs at about 1700MHz (6%+) in a Gigabyte AM3 mobo with AthlonII X3 ~3GHz, at 1.65V, and I didn't spend more than a casual10 minutes tweaking various volts and timings. I think I'd be able to go somewhat higher if I put some real time into it. (They also ran at 1600MHz at 1.5V with no problems. That may be a statistical exception, but I've read posts in other fora reporting the same thing)

john albrich Aug 18, 2011, 10:31am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals
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Expires midnight PDT tonight 20110818

$5.60/GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM @1.55-1.75V

$45=$55-$10 (daily special)
ADATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GC4G9-2G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-211-457
OK. This one is quite unusual. The voltage is expressed as a RANGE 1.55-1.75V for the spec'd 1600 (OC of course) performance.
People report that it seems to RUN HOT when at voltages needed to achieve 1600MHz on their computer.
Read the customer FEEDBACK

One nice thing is this doesn't require any mail-in rebate.

Please see requirements/cautions/tips for using DDR3-1600 and higher RAM on modern motherboards
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/77413/?o=20#592907

john albrich Aug 18, 2011, 05:34pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Smoking Desktop RAM Deals
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Expires midnight PDT tonight 20110818
THIS IS DIFFERENT DEAL THAN THE ONE POSTED JUST ABOVE

$5.60/GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM @1.5V

$45=$60-$15shellshocker
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3-1600 (PC3 12800)
Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL
1.5V
9 Cas Latency
9-9-9-24-2N Timing
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

"Free with order"=Kingston 4GB Micro SDHC Flash Card (value: $7.49)

Be sure to specify free shipping option if applicable to your location

Please see requirements/cautions/tips for using DDR3-1600 and higher RAM on modern motherboards
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/77413/?o=20#592907


edit to add:
I just bought this. I've never tried GSkill RAM before...guess we'll find how good it is. If it works well, I guess I'll be trying to sell some 2GB modules.


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