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I was given a kit of 2 x 2GB (4GB total) PC2-5300 SODIMMs. I was thinking about upgrading my laptop with the kit, to max it out. But I've heard some bad things about Corsair Valueselect RAM. Such as, the memory being DOA and failing memtest86+ in the most epic way (garbage characters on the screen, including a spade, lol).

 

So what does everybody think of Corsair Valueselect RAM?

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All value memory is a risk from any company. I have had some Corsair stuff fail and I have had some work, this also goes for other companies that stamp their name on cheap ram sticks.

 

Just go ahead and try got nothing to lose really, I would memtest it right away.

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Value memory can be a bit of a gamble, but Corsair's in general is no worse than any other.  On top of that it was given to you so why not.  I can't say that I would be BUYING any corsair products personally for a while but more about that in the cooling section and it COULD still turn out just fine...but I would have no problem with their overall quality in most cases, even on the value stuff.

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Well, I'm kinda reluctant to test them, because the laptop in question is kind of a pig to take apart. Mostly because the DIMM A is underneath the keyboard, which means that you have to remove the keyboard and hinge cover before you can mess with it.

 

And you can bet that the modules will be made to pass Memtest86+ at least two or three times, before I put the machine back together.

 

So yeah, rant over :D

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