128MB pc150 SDRAM
by david, 16 May 2001
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.
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.
day I found out that Apacer offered 128MB pc150 rated SDRAM modules,
in the likes of BGA packaging, similar to KingMax's TinyBGA packaging
on their memory modules. I decided to see for myself whether or
not this new variant of SDRAM from Apacer could offer any performance
benefit compared to my older 128MB pc133 Apacer memory module using
Infineon memory chips. Costing RM170, or about USD 44.70, the module
came with a lifetime warranty from Apacer. The price, plus the warranty
is why I prefer to buy memory from Apacer, and not other brands
e.g. Kingston, TwinMos, and other miscellaneous brands available
in the Malaysian market.
remember seeing a stick of 128MB pc133 Crucial SDRAM module running
in a display machine in a shop in Sungei Wang IT Centre. The shop
owner said it wasn't for sale. Seems he got an offer for RM 400
for that module, and he still didn't want to sell it. Come on Crucial,
when will you get distributors over here in Malaysia? The shipping
costs from the US is more than enough to make us look to other brands