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Apacer 128MB pc150 SDRAM
review by david, 16 May 2001

Introduction

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.

One 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.

I 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 of memory.

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