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thegreatest
01-05-2012, 02:57 AM
What would be the absolute best RAM I could get to upgrade my laptop? I have the standard 6gb that came in it right now and I'm looking for recommendations on what to get. Maybe an example of the absolute best and an example of the best for the price would be. I'll probably get 8gb and I like to shop at Newegg but a link to anywhere would probably do.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

fostert
01-05-2012, 03:29 AM
If money is no object and you can get 16GB of it to work in the G53, get the Kingston HyperX PnP 1866 MHz stuff for the raw clock speed. Problem is in the G74 16GB of this does not run at 1866, but at 1333 MHz, defeating the purpose. Corsair's new line of Vengeance notebook memory is similar and even faster (lower latencies), but is pretty new and virtually untested in the G series books, so no guarantees that it will work at rated specs. Corsair also has exceptional customer service, and will replace any stick that is faulty with new stuff pronto,no questions. Honestly you can save your $$ and get just 1333MHz stuff from either of these companies, and spend the saved $$ on an SSD, which will send your performance through the roof more than any RAM upgrade could.

fostert
01-05-2012, 03:53 AM
Oh yeah, if your needs are for more RAM space rather than RAM speed, the G53 should take up to 32GB RAM (only at a max clock speed of 1333MHz). Check out Simba7's posts in http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?7881-G74sx-32gb-ram

I always like to point people to this tech article: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4503/sandy-bridge-memory-scaling-choosing-the-best-ddr3

which shows that performance RAM>1333 MHz speeds is wasteful in terms of dollars-per unit -performance in Sandy Bridge. Again stick with 1333, or at most 1600 MHz seems to be the "sweet spot" for SB.

thegreatest
01-05-2012, 04:29 AM
Money isn't exactly no object. I saw some G Skill RAM on Newegg I was looking at. I was hoping for some links to good options. What do you think about this? I was thinking of buying 2 or 3 for now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231341

fostert
01-06-2012, 01:52 AM
Looks good: gskill is another good brand name in RAM, though in actual fact all brands use ICs from the same chip manufacturer (e.g. elpida). Just make sure you can return them and get immediate replacements if you discover errors in one or more of the sticks. (e.g. lifetime warranty?)

thegreatest
01-06-2012, 03:09 AM
So that RAM performs well and would work in my laptop?

fostert
01-06-2012, 04:16 AM
As good as any other 1333MHz stuff out there on the market, yeah. Its your CPU and IMC that clocks the memory according to the SPD (serial presence detect) of the RAM, so there is no performance diff between these g-skills and other 1333 stuff...just reliability and how the manufacturer takes care of you after the sale.