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Apacer 256MB pc133 SDRAM
review by david, 18 July 2001


Memory, one of the most crucial (pun intended) components of your system. No matter if you have a top notch CPU and motherboard, if you have crappy memory, then don't hope that your rig will run at optimum performance. While SDRAM is nearing supposedly the end of its golden age, its competitor and probable replacement, DDR SDRAM and RAMBUS have yet to prove themselves worthy in terms of price and performance. With the advent of the KT133 and KT133A chipsets from VIA and AMD, SDRAM has instead proven itself to be one of the main competitors of DDR. Or it could also be said that DDR chipsets have yet to mature enough to provide the supposed performance boost as advertised.

Apacer Technologies can be pretty well described as a well known name in the eyes of PC hardware enthusiasts. Maybe Apacer isn't as well known in western countries, where the current memory market is dominated by names such as Crucial, Mushkin and the like. But in other countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and many others, the name Apacer is synonymous with good, reliable and memory with amazing performance while maintaining a reasonable pricing. Based in Taiwan, Apacer produces memory from a multitude of different types and names of memory chips, including NEC and Infineon memory chips, as well as SIMMs, RIMMs, SODIMMs and of course, DIMMs.

Memory prices have been dropping like a rock recently, where I then took the opportunity to buy another 256MB of pc133 memory, specifically from Apacer. I already have 2x128MB pc133 memory modules in my computer, also from Apacer. Going for RM 150 (USD 39.50), this isn't the cheapest type of SDRAM you can get in the Malaysian market nowadays, with other brands e.g. Kingston selling 256MB pc133 modules for RM 120 (USD 32). I chose to continue using Apacer SDRAM because of the performance and reliability I enjoyed when using my older memory modules. Plus, there is a general rumor saying that for minimum compatibility issues, memory modules of one brand should be used, mixing and matching might cause problems down the road. I haven't yet tried to disprove that theory, but i'm really to lazy to bother.

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