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Components returns rates
by Marc Prieur
Published on May 6, 2011


- Kingston 0.4% (against 0.3%)
- Crucial 0.7% (against 0.9%)
- Corsair 1.6% (against 1.4%)
- G.Skill 2.0% (against 2.7%)
- OCZ 7.1% (against 6.8%)

Kingston confirms its spot at the top of the pile with a really low, though slightly increased, rate. Crucial is getting closer and G.Skill has closed the gap on Corsair. OCZ is however still doing poorly and their exit of this sector will be no bad thing!

Four references have returns rates of over 5%:

- 20.2%: Corsair Dominator 2x2 GB DDR2 PC2-8500 CL5 - TWIN2X4096-8500C5D
- 10.6%: OCZ Gold Edition 2x2 GB DDR2 PC2-10666 - OCZ2G1333LV4GK
- 9.6%: Corsair XMS3 DHX 2x2 GB DDR3 PC3-10600 CL9 - TW3X4096-1333C9DHX
- 5.4%: Corsair Dominator 2x1 GB DDR2 PC2-8500 CL5 - TWIN2X2048-8500C5D

Kingston, Crucial and G.Skill do not appear here as none of their kits has a returns rate of over 5%. A single OCZ reference is listed though many models with a rate of over 5% weren’t sold in big enough quantities (100 or more) to be listed in the results by model.

Among the G.Skill products, the least reliable kit is the 3x2 GB DDR3 PC3-12800 G.Skill NQ (F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ) with a rate of 4.1%. Looking at Crucial the 2x2 GB DDR3 PC3-10600 (CT2KIT25664BA1339) kit is highest at 3.2%, while Kingston’s kit with the highest returns is the 2x1 GB ValueRAM DDR2 PC2-6400 (KVR800D2N6K2/2G) with a rate of ... 1.2%! Kingston, then, is decidedly impressive across the board.

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