OCZ OCZ3G1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 Gold Triple Channel Memory
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OCZ - Gold Low Voltage - Triple Channel - 1600Mhz - OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 - 6 GB (3x2048MB) - 8-8-8-24 - OCZ3G1600LV6GK
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Well I thought everything was running okay with the 2 sticks but shortly realized that when I tried to open any movie files (no matter the format) or actually just click on the folder they were in, windows 7 would freeze or shut down! I was about to cry (manly cry) because I had spent hours setting everything up on my new build and SSD and thought all my old data was lost! I had all my drivers updated BIOS configured to standard for cpu and memory, but couldn't access the files. I even re-installed windows, after hours of setting it up. Well an hour later UPS came with my replacement memory (remember 2 sticks I was using passed all memory tests). I popped in the first stick (like to test one at a time) and it ran okay, then I went into windows, clicked on the media folder and it OPENED! I was couldn't believe it, the problem was the memory when all the tests showed it was okay. Which means all 3 sticks were bad, not just the one (the one didn't even pass 5% of the tests). One thing I noticed was the replacement RAM had a green color to it (like pictures on amazon show) the memory I first received was black (I thought it was just the dye they used).
I rated it 4 stars because I know have 3 working sticks, which windows rated a 7.8 which is amazing. no issues, runs everything perfectly, and amazon was great with the replacement. the 1 star taken off was because of POOR quality control by OCZ, obviously this is a common problem and you probably have a 50% chance with your order. that has to be fixed. for $130 after rebate, memory that runs at 1600 8-8-8-24, 6 GB, you can't beat it.
oh and you have to configure yourself, if you are looking for an upgrade and don't want to mess with BIOS, don't buy this, if you are comfortable in the BIOS, go for it. just have to set the timing yourself and the multiplier. don't be upset that on default windows and your board see this as 1066 memory, the i7 chip is set that way, easy to change yourself though. 8-8-8-24, 12X multiplier on standard bclock, and set your Voltage for the ram to 1.64 or 1.65(standard is 1.50 which is not enough, specs for this are 1.65)
I ran the memtest overnight and then 2hrs LinX run at max memory setting to make sure 12GB goes through its paces repeatedly under stress. No issues in either of these tests.
Make sure to set the settings (dram ratio - 2:8, timings - 8,8,8,24-1T, and voltage - 1.625 or 1.65v) in BIOS manually and don't depend on BIOS detecting timings automatically.
And most importantly: Do not touch the RAM modules without getting rid of the static charge that accumulates on your body. Use an anti-static wrist wrap bound to metal somewhere or at least touch metal grill or some other metal like your screwdriver before handling RAM. Static discharge will destroy your RAM modules and memtest will throw errors. Nothing the vendor can do against this.
Many reviewers and users recommend Corsair over OCZ due to better dependability/brand; one of my Corsair modules died after about 5 weeks and I needed a replacement set within a week (the RMA process took between 2-3 weeks) so I gave this kit from OCZ a try. Amazon had these at my door in less than a week.
This particular set from OCZ, along with the XMS3 from Corsair, is among the most commonly used kits for 1600MHz 8-8-8-24 timing RAM.
I've had zero problems with the OCZ modules over the past month.
As it's been mentioned, you will need to set the proper settings in your motherboard's BIOS to get them to run at the rated speed; by default, they run at 1066MHz.
What I can't comment on is the higher rate of shipped dead modules from OCZ, or failed modules that initially posted. That's caveat number one with OCZ, based upon what others have said; allegedly higher than Corsair.
Personally, I've had bad luck with my one experience with Corsair, no problems with OCZ; this is probably not the norm, but this simply demonstrates that ALL components from any manufacturer have the potential for slipping by factory tests before being shipped to consumers.
I also can't comment on OCZ customer support, seeing as how I haven't had to go through the RMA process with their kit, nor have I needed tech support to get these running at the settings I specified. That's caveat number two. Some allege that OCZ customer support could be better.
Tech support from Corsair was good. The RMA process was painless (gave them the settings and conditions that preceded the failure and they immediately sent an RMA number) albeit a bit slow for those who can't be without their PC/workstation for more than a week.
On the plus side, the Corsair and OCZ modules have been working together seamlessly since the replacements arrived from Corsair using the same BIOS memory settings, despite not being a matched 2x6GB kit.
Amazon's return policy is great! I wouldn't hesistate to order this memory if you're in the market, this is probably just a one time issue.