I recently wanted to have a reliable desktop to use for school so I purchased a Dell Inspiron AIO AMD A9 Series with 8GB of RAM and a 256 Solid State Drive. It was my first Dell in a long time and my first PC with an AMD processor I can recall owning. I brought it because I liked the price ($599 + tax). However, in less than a month, it was back in the box for an in-store exchange to my current desktop, an HP Pavilion AIO with Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 256 Solid State Drive in which I had to pay a price difference of $288.52. I returned the Dell because I was having severe issues which included:
- Bluetooth connectivity disappeared for no discernible reason
- Slow start-up
I contacted Dell to try to fix the various issues but nothing seemed to work. It never occured to me at the time that the AMD CPU might be an issue until this assignment; I just thought I had a dud, swore off buying Dells, and replaced it because it wasn’t working for me. I’m happier with my current desktop, which starts reliably, connects to my Bluetooth devices and opens Photoshop promptly.
According to TechRadar.com, the top 3 RAM manufacturers are Corsair, G. Skill and Kingston with various Corsair modules ranking highly for both budget and high-end builds. Corsair modules consistently received high marks because, per IGN.com, “Corsair’s name has become synonymous with reliable, high-performance RAM”. The difference between brands isn’t necessarily about performance: a buyer can find RAM that fits their needs from any of the above mentioned manufacturers. True consideration should be given to the memory speed, latency, timings and height of the module. For example, the G.Skill Trident Z RGB DC module, which is rated best for high capacity RAM (IGN.com), is “the perfect RAM kit for Mini ITX and Micro ATX systems that only have two available memory slots.”
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Lee, K. (2020, February 6). Best RAM 2020: the top memory for your PC. Retrieved February 10, 2020, from https://www.techradar.com/news/best-ram