Memory Buyer's Guide
This thread is here to help you pick out RAM. Specifically, RAM that should overclock really well. Nobody here guarantees the validity or accuracy of the information contained in this thread. Prices and availability are always changing, but we will do our best to keep it updated and current. And remember, even if everyone else is hitting insane speeds with some chip, doesn't mean you will. Even the best chips can turn out to be lousy overclockers.
If you see any errors or have any suggestions for this thread please send me a PM with all infos. Do your research first and make sure your information has been and can be confirmed!
Winbond BH-5: Some of the most overclockable modules out there now, and also under huge demand. It is getting exceedingly difficult to find them, and only a few manufacturer's still guarantee BH-5. Plays well with AMD and Intel.
Winbond BH-6: Have been found to perform similar to BH-5, but they will probably need more voltage than BH-5's to hit the same speed. Plays well with AMD and Intel.
Winbond CH-5 : Similar manufacturing process to the BH-5 with an updated IC. Theoretically hits higher speeds at the sacrifice of higher timings. May perform well on AMD, but Intel users beware.
Samsung 4.0 ns : These are new chips that have only been used in Corsair XMS. They are rated at 500mhz w/ relaxed timings. You can bring the speed down and tighten the timing.
Here are links to available modules and their details. The type of chips used in each module are listed below the module name. "Confirmed" next to the module name means that the manufacturer has confirmed that the modules will ship with ONLY the chips listed. If it doesn't say "Confirmed", the information is based on user experience ONLY, and cannot be guaranteed!
Mushkin PC-3500 Black Level II Dual Pack [confirmed]
Availability: Unknown, you see it, buy it.
Mushkin PC-3200 222 Special [confirmed]
Availability: 1x512MB @ Monarch, 1x256MB @ Monarch, 1x512MB @ eXcaliber, 1x256MB @ Newegg
OCZ PC-3200 EL Platinum Limited-Edition: [confirmed]
Availability: 2x256MB @ Axiontech
Kingston HyperX PC-3000 (KHX3000):[confirmed]
Availability: 1x256MB @ ZipZoomFly, 1x512MB @ ZipZoomFLy
Kingston HyperX PC-3200 (KHX3200):[confirmed]
Chips: Samsung 4.0 ns