Samsung DDR1 PC3200 1GB Stick - Genuine? Matched Pair? How Can You Tell?

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Found 10th Apr 2008
I'm after a Samsung ddr1 pc3200 1gb stick, I've got people selling them locally and say the stick's have stickers on them with a load of numbers on it and the samsung logo.

How do I know it is genuine? And they've also asked me if I'm after a matched pair, I said no as I'm only in need of one but what is a matched pair and how can you tell?

What do you do find out if the stick is genuine and with what information?

Thanks in advance

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unfortuanately the stickers are full of info that tell you nothing cept the make and in very rare cases explain compatibilty.
Matched pairs are memory from the same batch that go through more advanced testing to ensure they will "tick" together, for use in mainboards that support "dual channeling" a special feature used to improve transfer rates really depends on what price you can get these at and on the abilities of your mainboard.
My advice if u think that lot sounds chinese go for the one stick

Why specifically Samsung? Generally any decent branded memory should be fine...

If you wan't to be sure its genuine buy from a retailer that can't risk being caught selling counterfeit good and that has a returns policy - rather than second hand/computer fair etc etc.

Matched pair is just two identical sticks for running dual-channel, they're useful because they've got identical performance and may prevent problems on some motherboards. Single ones work fine though with DDR, although some types of memory MUST be used in matched pairs (RDRAM for example).

The big chips on the memory board should have the maker's name like Hynix, samsung, winbond, micron or qimonda on them, although if it's got a heatspreader (metal case) then you won't be able to see them. If that's the case you could write the number down and do an internet search on it when you get home, there may be a list of memory parts or a site that explains what the serial number means on the web (there often is).

I'm interested why you specifically want samsung though, usually any memory stick of the right standard and spec will work.

Original Poster

Well thanks for the reply's.. I've managed to get some codes from the guy who wants to sell them to me that is on the sticker.. can this information be used anywhere to see if their genuine?

ninj4z;1873033

Well thanks for the reply's.. I've managed to get some codes from the guy … Well thanks for the reply's.. I've managed to get some codes from the guy who wants to sell them to me that is on the sticker.. can this information be used anywhere to see if their genuine?



not really, if the stuff is fake it will only probably be the stickers that are fake lol

Original Poster

oh rite, the person who wants to sell them to me sells loads of other types of memories, but say they are untested, is it worth going for an untested one? is there a high chance of it being faulty?

at this price with warrenty is it worth the hassle of going elsewhere?
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