2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 1, 2010 5:04 PM by struggling

    Necessity of choosing Intel validated RAM


      Hi everybody,


      I'm currently in the process of configuring a new server for our office.


      At the moment the configuration is as follows:


      Board: Intel S3420GPLC, i3420
      CPU: Intel Xeon X3430
      RAM: Kingston ValueRAM DIMM Kit 4GB PC3-10667E ECC CL9


      First question: Does this sound ok?


      Second question: I've noticed that Kingston is offering two different versions of the RAM I've selected:


      1. one with the serial number KVR1333D3E9SK2/4G as indicated here: http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/a392091.html


      2. one which seems to be superficially identical with the serial number KVR1333D3E9SK2/4GI as indicated here: http://www.heise.de/preisvergleich/a433021.html


      the only difference between those two seems to be the "i" at the very end of the serial number. According to this page

      http://www.legitreviews.com/article/197/1/ the "i" indicates that this RAM was validated by Intel.


      So now this is the question: What are the differences between those two versions? Is the "i"-version for admins who watch out to only buy certified hardware? Or is there a substantial difference between both? The price difference is 15 Euro (about 20 Dollars). I'm not close-fisted, but there is simply no point to paying more if I don't have to, is there? At the end of the day I would be paying for a single letter in the serial number


      I'd really appreciate your views on the topic. Thank you in advance!