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Patriot 8GB PC3-12800 (1600MHz) Ultrabook SODIMM

June 11th, 2013 No comments

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Patriot Memory for Ultrabook

When I got a hold of a Toshiba U925t Ultrabook with Windows 8, one of the first things I looked to do was upgrade its memory from 4GB to 8GB. When I upgraded laptop memory in the past, I typically looked at density and frequency. If given the choice, I also went with a lower CAS latency. What I’d never considered before was the voltage. Since Ultrabooks typically use low-voltage processors, it makes sense to pair them with low-voltage memory. Patriot was one of the first to market with a memory upgrade specifically designed for Ultrabooks. I received a sample of the 8GB PC3-12800 SODIMM (PSD38G1600L2S) for testing and have been very pleased with the results.

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Kingston 64GB Class 10 microSDXC flash memory card

November 15th, 2012 15 comments

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Kingston 64GB microSDXC class 10 with Adapter

Kingston recently announced the availability of their 64GB Class 10 microSDXC memory card. After reading the press release, it got me thinking: how many memory manufacturers make a 64GB Class 10 microSD card? A quick search on Newegg turned up just one. With Kingston’s hat in the ring, now there’s two. 64GB is enormous for small devices, like smartphones and tablets. The storage advantages are pretty obvious, but I took a look at the Kingston 64GB microSDXC card for performance as well. The results were pretty impressive.

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Corsair Memory 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 SODIMM Memory (CMSO8GX3M2A1333C9)

August 14th, 2011 No comments

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Corsair CMSO8GX3M2A1333C9

“Memory you can rely on.”  That pretty much sums it up, in my opinion.  Corsair makes some of the fastest and most reliable memory for laptops, netbooks and desktop systems.  The 8GB dual channel kit is one of the few PC3-10600 (1333MHz) rated kits you can get for your laptop and is my choice for laptop memory upgrades.

PROS

  • Rock solid stability
  • Great performance
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Great customer service

CONS

  • Difficult to remove from packaging

When deciding which laptop memory to buy, it really boils down to reliability and price.  The price for the Corsair kit is aggressive and you can often find good deals after rebates.  As far as reliability goes, Corsair is one of the best, if not the best, in memory reliability.

INSTALLATION & TESTING

After struggling a little bit to get the memory out of the packaging, I installed and tested two separate kits inside both a Lenovo ThinkPad T420 and T520. Both ThinkPads immediately identified the new Corsair memory.  So far, so good.

Lenovo memory info

I then re-ran the Windows Experience Index and got an improved score–going from 5.9 to 7.5 (upgraded from 4GB to 8GB).

Windows Experience Index score

 

The Lenovo ThinkPads I used for testing included some very comprehensive hardware tests, including those for memory.  I decided to use them to test the Corsair memory kit.  The first test included several kinds of memory tests and the Corsair memory passed them all without any problems.

Lenovo memory test

The second test was a memory stress test and again, the Corsair memory passed the test without any problems.

Lenovo memory stress test

As a final and conclusive test, I ran Memtest86+ on the kits for about 2 hours each and they again, passed without a problem.

SPECS

Density 8GB (2x4GB SODIMM)
Speed 1333MHz (PC3-10600)
Timing 9-9-9-24
Type DDR
Format SODIMM
Pins 204
Voltage 1.5V
Warranty Lifetime

CONCLUSION

Other than some slight issues with the packaging,  the 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 SODIMM Memory from Corsair is the perfect memory upgrade for your laptop.  It performs well, is very reliable–passing every memory test I threw at it–and is inexpensive.  If you own a laptop, don’t even think about buying memory upgrades from the laptop manufacturer; get a Corsair kit instead.  You won’t be disappointed.

Available from Amazon.com.

Review samples provided by Corsair

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