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Extra Memory; Official or Generic module 512mb SDRAM

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by Xstyle, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. Xstyle

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    Laptop: Sony Vaio FS295VP Laptop
    https://secure.sell247.com/svcdigital/product_detail.asp?id=15963507

    I want to upgrade from 1 x 512mb, to 2 x 512mb = 1gb

    Would you recommend getting the original memory, or will a cheaper non-brand memory be perfectly ok??

    The official one is: VGPMM512G.AE and is £169.

    Cheaper manufacturer: Transcend £50.06
    http://www.orcalogic.co.uk/asp/prodtype.asp?prodtype=14618&ft=M&st=1

    Another Sony salesperson said this is what I need if opt for a Generic make:
    512mb PC2700 DDR SDRAM DDR333

    Selection of brands for PC2700:
    http://www.planetprices.co.uk/hardware/28/2099965/1/512MB-PC2700-(Various-brands).html
    From £29 to £118

    So what do you guys reckon???
     
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    I tend to stick to brands. Try Crucial as they're reliable and fairly cheap http://www.crucial.com/uk I think :) Never had a problem to date.
     
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    I always use crucial too, never had a bad stick yet..
     
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    ^^^^^^^

    crucial for me too. Never had a problem
     
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    It's easiest to use the crucial website, they have a memory selector. Put in your make/model and it tells you what is compatible.

    For your laptop it comes up with this: http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/lis...abid=CR&model=VAIO+VGN-FS295+Series&submit=Go

    The memory you've linked to is a 184 pin dimm, it won't even fit let alone work. Most laptops (yours included) use the SODIMM layout.

    Buffered / parity / ECC ram tends to only be used on servers, if the information in it corrupts it's less likely to crash the machine. Don't bother with it unless your machine needs it (which it doesn't)
     
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    that's no good, it's Desktop PC memory.

    Assuming you've got the model correct etc, You want this one

    :thumbsup:
     
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    me too slow this time.. :)

    That's 1:1 isn't it Maff et1? :D
     
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    £45.... not bad!!

    Wow, you guys are great. Even the Sonystyle sales person says he never buys the original brand... buys generic.

    He basically said the Sony memory of £169 is for people like me, but don't have the support of the AV-Forums!!

    :thumbsup:

    So u're 100% sure the Crucial can't be beaten for quality?
     
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    Crucial is a front-end company for Micron SemiConductor.

    The biggest (or was) and just about the only American RAM manufacturer still out there.

    It comes from California, rather than Korea. ;)


    EDIT: You'll notice the letters MT (Micron SemiConductor) on the chips of nearly all Compaq/HP/Dell branded RAM,

    You'll notice the very same letters on Crucial Chips, they just mysteriously cost a lot less.. :D
     
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    Hehe :)

    I always order from Crucial itself, always nice and cheap and buying direct should be better if there are any faults. They usually do free P&P depending on the order cost too.
     
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    Done!!!

    Decided to upgrade and get the Sony Vaio FS295XP (instead of the VP)
    which has higher processer (1.86hz instead of 1.73hz), and larger HDD at 100gb as opposed to 80gb.

    http://www.technoworld.com/laptops/Sony_Vaio_FS295XP.htm

    £1350 from Sony Style.

    :thumbsup:

    oh, and order placed with Crucial for the additional 512mb memory too!
    Thanks again.
     

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