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CORSAIR ValueSelect 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Laptop Memory Model CMSO16GX3M2A1333C9
- Density: 16GB Kit (2x8GB) DDR3 1333MHz SODIMM
- Speed: 1333MHz,Timing: 9-9-9-24 latency,Type: DDR3,Format: DIMM
- Pin Out: 204 Pin,Voltage: 1.5V,Lifetime warranty
- Designed for use with all SODIMM compatible DDR3 systems
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This item CORSAIR ValueSelect 16GB (2 x 8G) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Laptop Memory Model CMSO16GX3M2A1333C9
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|Capacity||16 GB||16 GB||—||16 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|RAM Size||8 GB||16 GB||16 GB||16 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Item Dimensions||1.57 x 1.97 x 1.18 in||0.44 x 7 x 5 in||2.99 x 5.31 x 0.59 in||0.38 x 1.18 x 2.66 in||2 x 13 x 7.13 in||2 x 13 x 7.13 in|
|Memory Clock Speed||1,333 MHz||1,333 MHz||1,600 MHz||1,600 MHz||1,333 MHz||1,600 MHz|
|Memory Speed||1,333 MHz||1,333 MHz||1,600 MHz||1,600 MHz||1,333 MHz||1,600 MHz|
|Memory Storage Capacity||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Number of Items||1||1||1||2||1||1|
|Number of Pins||204||204||204||204||204||204|
|RAM Technology||DDR3||DDR3||DDR3 1600||SDRAM||DDR3 1333||DDR3 1600|
|Size||16 GB||16GB KIT (8GBx2)||16 Gb||16GB kit (8GBx2)||16 Gb||16 Gb|
|RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM|
Corsair built its reputation on performance memory that shines in the most demanding computing situations: extreme gaming and high-transaction processing environments. But not all computers are put to such extreme usage. So we brought the same reliability, testing and Corsair quality to a line of memory designed to support standard computing situations such as popular office applications. Now it's one of our most popular memory lines. Backed with a lifetime warranty, it is memory you can rely on.This kit contains 204-pin DDR3 SODIMM memory modules. SODIMM motules are typically used on notebook and laptop PCs. If you have a desktop PC, your system might use DIMM memory, instead of SODIMM.Corsair also makes a complete line of SODIMM memory that's qualified at Apple Labs for Macs.
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Sure, I could have bought a single 4 GB SO-DIMM, but it wouldn't have saved me all that much money, and when possible I like to run matching memory modules in my machines.
I also could have paid one and a half times as much for a different set touting itself as specifically-designed for ASUS' U-series and their ilk, but considering that I paid less than five hundred bucks for the U32U when it was new, Corsair's comfortably-priced ValueSelect option seemed worth a try.
Corsair's packaging was clearly labeled and easy to open. I don't usually comment on packaging in product reviews, but it seems relevant here: the manufacturer's packaging for this upgrade kit is designed so you don't have to wave sharp objects around to extract your new memory modules, nor do you have to worry about getting label adhesive on your fingers and transferring it onto the precious cargo within.
A little round sticker at the top of the box kept it closed; I just ripped that whole part of the box off and went to town. Inside, the memory modules were packaged in a little two-piece plastic shell that came apart easily with finger pressure while still keeping the modules contained until I was ready for them.
The modules themselves are pretty much your standard DDR3 SO-DIMMs: green circuitboard, gold pins, bunch of black chips. They feel nice and rigid, with just enough flex to help get them in and out of their seats. They're definitely pretty durable (they certainly withstood the abuse they took during installation).
I don't particularly love the giant sticker that covers the whole front side of each module, but it doesn't appear to impact performance in any way, so I'm not knocking off a star for that. Maybe if I could knock off a quarter of a star, I would, but that's mostly a matter of taste. For all I know, it might actually serve some purpose (maybe it's glued on with cooling paste, or something?).
Installation was a pain in the neck, but that's not Corsair's fault -- it's a function of the way the clamps that hold the modules are arranged in my particular machine. Your installation experience will vary based on the design of your particular computer. If one or more of the modules is seated incorrectly, of course, the machine won't boot, leaving you to pop the cover back off and fiddle with it some more. Once the modules were properly seated (after much grumbling, dramatic sighing, and gnashing of teeth), my previously-wheezy old notebook booted right up.
I expected a performance boost, but was actually really surprised by exactly how significant a boost I got.
The U32U-ES21 was never intended to be a high-powered machine, but it's much, much quicker and more fun to use now. MS Office applications pop right up; Chrome runs like ... well, if not a cheetah, at very least a pretty fast pony; even a concurrent session of Photoshop, Pidgin, and a handful of Chrome windows flows along swimmingly.
I guess I'll have to find a new window in my day for making a cup of tea; I no longer even remotely have time to do it while Photoshop launches. Meanwhile, Sims 2 and Sims 3 are significantly less slow, if not exactly blazing fast.
In short, and perhaps rather obviously, dropping in 8 gigs of shiny new RAM won't turn your lazy old work mule of an notebook into a blazing gaming hoss. It can make you feel like you've got a whole new, much-peppier mule, at any rate -- and, in my case, I got a much peppier new mule than I was expecting, which is really quite nice.
For about fifty bucks (at the time of purchase) with fast Prime shipping, I'm very happy with it.
Full disclosure: one of my first "real" jobs was working in ASUS' tech support center; Corsair was one of the brands of RAM we routinely recommended for its reliability based on our experiences kludging together various motherboards and so forth that we got to build up in-house so we'd know what our callers were facing. That certainly influenced my purchasing decision. However, I have long since wandered away from the hardware-support world (though I do still do some tech-oriented work), and I paid Amazon's full price for this upgrade kit.
UPDATE: Just ran memtest86 after a few days of having the ram installed and let it go for two passes this time and glad to report 0 errors. this ram is great for the price and NOTE to all mac users there is a certified mac version of this set, the product number is CMSA16GX3M2A1333C9 notice it's CMSA not CMSO. So if you put this in your mac and have had problems that is probably why.
UPDATE:July 23rd,2012 This Ram has been running smooth without a hiccup ever since I purchased it. The speed is great for the price but Corsair now has a vengeance line for the laptop that comes in at 1600 mhz where these are at 1333 mhz. I would go with those if I didn't already buy these. Love this kit though don't get me wrong!
Upon removing the back cover of my HP Probook 4430S, I was able to remove the factory memory & install these 2x4 gigs in matter of 3 minutes.
Then the surprise!! For some reason unknown the computer does not recognize these memories. So I remove & reinstalled them, strangely this time only 4 gigs were recognized.
Did some research online & found out that an outdated "BIOS" could be an issue so I updated the BIOS from HP.
Restart, same thing. The computer still only recognizes 4 gigs, not all 8.
Frustration starting to set in, but instead of giving up I decided to crack open my very old Dell laptop & examine how the memory was installed.
Suddenly it all became very clear to me, laptop memory are designed for a "tight" fit which means you can not be afraid to insert them hard; don't treat them like desktop memories, those require very little effort to insert but the laptop memories fit very tightly.
Consequently, I was too gentle with them & did not insert the memory stick hard enough as I was afraid of bending or break anything; but as a result the pins were not properly seated to create a contact.
To install these correctly, the pins on the memory stick should only be showing 1/32" inch which is barely visible. If the pins are clearly visible even at 1/16" inch, then you did not insert them hard enough as the pins aren't properly seated.