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PNY - Performance 4GB (1PK 4GB) 1.6GHz DDR3 Laptop Memory - Green-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Noticeably Better Recording Latency

    Posted
    ArtificiallyAwake
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    Let me try to explain what my rather specific title is referring to. I’ve been recording music on the computer for about a decade. Six months ago I was finally able to buy a recording program that was powerful enough to record my music properly. For a brief time I felt like a kid in a candy-store. Yet, time and time again, I kept hitting a wall because my computer’s limited memory. I was asking for more than my RAM could deliver. I was over-eager, knowing what I could do with the right musical toolset. I was at a total impasse, before I installed PNY’s - 4GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module. For the first time ever, after installing it, I feel as if I could do just about anything that I want on my computer. What I mean by latency is essentially this; when I would play back a song to preview/edit it, eventually it would get to the point where the audio would start skipping/glitching. I had just added too much data for my computer to process it all properly. It sounded a bit like a scratched cd that was forced to continue playing, only even worse Needless to say it was not the most favorable of conditions to work under, when editing music. I exhausted every option available to me in the audio settings and still came up wanting. I was faced with the choice of either scaling back my music (bear in mind some these songs had haunted me for nearly ten year) or expanding my memory. Needless to say I chose to expand my memory. I glad to say that I am no longer having any memory/latency issues. Before I purchased I researched the type of RAM that I needed (my laptop uses a PC3-10666 DDR3, 204-pin SoDIMM configuration). It can't be stress enough, please research beforehand. There are different types of RAM configurations and you need to be very specific when buying. A good place to start this research would be looking into your computer’s specifications. The best analogy that I can think of right now is if you were to try and plug an appliance into an electrical outlet in a foreign country (if the RAM happened to be incompatible that is). Think of RAM chip as the plug and the slot in your computer as the electrical outlet. You have match the chip up according to the correct connection (size and shape; 204-pin SoDIMM in my case) as well as the correct speed (PC3-10666 DDR3; which was the matching clock speed of my computer's stock RAM chip). I’d also strongly suggest reading up a little bit on the subject before attempting to install the RAM. However with a bit of knowledge it’s a relatively easy task to complete. Depending on how your computer is set up and with a little research on how to access the RAM slot(s) in your computer, (the computer manufacture’s Maintenance and Teardown guides are very helpful in this regard) and assuming that there is an open slot, realistically it could take around ten to fifteen minutes to install RAM; including the time it takes to boot the computer back up. With my laptop (HP Pavilion G6) I had to unscrew one screw, take off a plate, slide a latch, slip the chip in, secure the latch back in place, screw the panel back on, and then boot my computer up. My computer recognized the chip and updated accordingly all on its own. It was only a hair harder than plug-and-play technology, but with limited prep-work beforehand, it was almost as simple. The only issue I’d mention is that my computer seems to take a bit longer to wake up from Sleep Mode/Hibernate. Strange enough, it seems to boot faster when turned on after being completely Shut-down. This may just be due to something that I have set up incorrectly and may have nothing to do with the PNY Chip itself. It’s not been a large enough problem where I’ve felt the need to fix it. It seems to take around 15-20 seconds longer to wake up from Sleep Mode. I can see programs running, but it takes a little while before they become responsive. However it’s entirely possible that my computer is taking the same amount of time to boot and I’m just able to look at the desktop, opposed to before when it stayed on the windows load screen during that time while booting. After it catches up, my computer runs just as fast, if not faster, than it did on the very first day when I took it out of the box (2010). I tend to run a lot of programs simultaneously. It is not unheard of for me to have 30+ tabs open in Chrome, while jumping between MS Word, (with 3-5 files open) while using media player in the background, all without any of the applications slowing down. This is actually an exact description of the state that my computer is in while I am writing this review. The PNY Chip can handle a lot of strain. It has been able to cope with everything that I’ve throw at it and I have no reason to doubt that it’s capable of handling even more. The difference is night and day. I’m able to do things now that had taxed my computer to its limits and I don’t even have to think twice about it. I’ve used my laptop for music/photo/video editing, gaming, and I’m about to start programming on it as well. I was lucky and found this chip on sale. I have a pretty limited budget, but I can say that this is hands down one of the best purchases that I have ever made. I bought it for just under $40, but in retrospect even if I had paid full price, I would have still felt content with my purchase. I’m used to pushing the computers I’ve owned to their limit and becoming perpetually frustrated when they can’t keep up with what I would like for them to do. I've had this chip installed for around three months and I have yet to outpace my computer. I bought this PNY chip because of a very specific need, but I would wager that it could help any other healthy/compatible computer perform more efficiently as well. Forgive the lengthy review. I fretted for far too long over making this purchase (and also the prospect of having to install it). I wasted time that could have been much better spent. I’ve been wholly impressed with PNY’s - 4GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module. Even writing at this exaggerated length I fear I cannot fully express how much this product has changed how I am able to use my computer (and it has been all for the best I assure you). For me it was a small price to pay for the freedom of not having to compromise creatively. A fair trade if you ask me. PNY is now one of the companies on my ‘trusted list’, so to speak. If this chip happens to be the right size/speed that you need for your computer, then I would recommend it without any reservations (the lifetime warranty is one of the main reasons that I feel confident enough to be so definitive about that statement). I’d also like to mention the difference may seem subtle at first; frankly I was a bit underwhelmed until I tested my RAM using very same files that had 'broken' the system before, without any problems at all, after install the RAM. The effect can be truly profound when and where it really counts and the results are nothing short of astounding. The limits of what I can do rest only with me and not the technology. It is quite refreshing really. All things said if this is the right size/speed of RAM for your needs, then the price is well-worth what you will receive in return.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad batch

    Posted
    industryworker

    It convinced me that the PC industry has a complete meltdown, finally, after taken over by smartphonablets. I have upgraded my numerous laptops/PCs since late 90's from 100M->192M , 250M->500M, 500M->1G , to today's 4G->8G upgraded. This is the first time I leave a product review with 1 star in my whole life. And this is also the first time I leave a review to BestBuy. The notion that a 5Gbps cell phone network is going to swipe the whole industry away is always in my mind. I use this laptop to eval a cisco's network monitoring tool that needs extra ram. I have always thought that the late 90's early 00' system bootup memory check was unnecessary because I had never experienced any memory corruption in my whole life during that period. My current laptop does not have bootup memory check. Why does the industry remove the memory checks on all computers? It got old and got cocky. The ram gave me blue screen of death when I ran the big software. I was skeptical at first until I took out the laptop's default 4G ram and attempted to boot with the PNY 4G ram. The boot would fail half of the time. I exchanged the ram at the local store. The new ram would not allow the system to boot most of the time. I returned it and bought another one that was made by Kingston from bestbuy.com . That finally worked. I will leave another 1 star feedback for the second nonfunctional ram. But I will leave a 5 star feedback for the Kinston one. I installed the ram a few times and then pull out my original ram several times and replace it with my other netbook's ram for a few days while deciding to replace it. So many installing tries is the reason I give this product the low rating for ease of installation In conclusion, PC industry is at the pivotal point to a complete change. And this situation of the defective ram shows the beginning of the end.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Best Buy recommended the wrong memory

    Posted
    BarryLowerMI
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    The reason I have given a rating of only 1 is because Best Buy gave me the wrong memory for my computer. To me, the module sent was worthless and I rated it accordingly. The worst thing is that I purchased the memory online at the same time that I purchased the computer. Moreover, it was linked from and listed on the computer page as the proper memory for the machine. There was also an encouragement to buy my upgrade at the same time as the computer to be sure I got the right memory. NO! It turns out the computer itself uses low voltage (1.35V), 1600MHz memory modules. The module linked to the computer sales page was standard voltage (1.5V) 1066MHz. Because I believed it was right (from the website info), I did not feel rushed to install it in the machine. When I did, and found out it was the wrong module, it was beyond the return date meaning I was stuck with it. PLEASE check component specifications carefully before ordering. It may not be right for your machine even if a notation claims it is. I learned the hard way and hope you don't have to.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent upgrade for Acer Aspire 756-2823

    Posted
    Vangstaz

    I purchased an Acer Aspire 756-2823 from my local BB store a few days ago. The system was preinstalled with a single 2GB memory stick, which was perfect for basic tasks. Since the maximum memory capacity on this netbook was 8GB, I saw that BB was having this 4GB stick for under $20 (best price I've seen locally for memory). Just five years ago, a single 1GB memory module was well over $100, but today I can get 4GB for under a fourth of that price. I bought 2 of these modules, maxing out the limit to my Acer. The entire system just responds so much quicker than before, obviously. Windows Experience Index increased the memory score from a 5.5 (1x2GB) to a 7.5 (2x4GB) and my graphics scores have also increased by a few points. My netbook now has a subscore of 4.7, which is well over the standards for a netbook thanks to this memory upgrade. Even though 8GB seems to be like an overkill for most people, it actually comes in handy whenever I am editing my photos on CS6. Future proofing is also important to note. I do photography and travel a lot, so a nice compact netbook with this 8GB or RAM is more than I'll ever need. If you can afford the second module, why not go for it?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It performs well but...

    Posted
    Roli
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    over all i would say that, except for this one problem that was i suppose random, that this is some great ram for the price and it performs very well. The problem that occurred with this RAM FOR ME in this case was that it was causing my computer ( a 2011 MBP 13' i5) to have recurring kernel panics (basically freezes my computer and forces me to reboot). This happened to me once the very day i installed it and I optimistically tried to not blame the ram. However, after more research and 3 more kernel panics I found that it was indeed the recent installation of RAM that had cause this problem i have since returned the PNY RAM and traded it in for some Crucial brand RAM and that has been working quite smoothly. in conclusion i would say that it was just bad luck on my end and i just got that one bad apple but i didn't want to take another chance with the same brand. I don't mean to discourage potential buyers just a subtle warning

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    product misadvertised at store level

    Posted
    number17
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Rare BB purchase disappointment...purchased RAM from two area Best Buy stores in attempts to upgrade Lenovo B560 laptop RAM...although the specs on the stores' shelf tags reflected exactly what I purchased online, the "stocked" product number at each store was different and 1.6 GB of memory speed was advertised on the packaging, so I brought my concerns to the sales reps attention...sales reps told me (and the packaging confirmed) the RAM was backwards compatible but the laptop experienced frequent Windows BSOD issues after I upgraded RAM from 2GB (1 slot) to 8GB (4 GB, 2 slots) following the purchase from the 1st BB store. Each RAM module I purchased from BB carried 1.5V of power but I find out through the manufacturer site that the laptop MB required 1.35V power per module. Proceeded to purchase the needed RAM from Crucial website after Best Buy refunded me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    You get what you pay for sometimes....

    Posted
    Surf1div1

    Purchased and installed this garbage and it failed after 2 years. I installed in my daughters Laptop and my daughter came to me about 2 weeks ago stating the computer was no longer working. She has HP Pavilion G7 and researching their site didn't point in the direction of the RAM other than hardware. I had recently upgraded my Acer notebook with both RAM and SSD and used my original working parts to isolate it to the RAM. I used the ram from my ACER to get her working again and determined that this RAM was bad. 2 years? I've never had stuff fail like that prior but you live and learn. So, if I could give it zero stars I would.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    wrong one

    Posted
    kris
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    I went to best buy looking for a certain ram chip. they didn't have it. i went online. i chatted with a geek squad guy or someone from best buy online. He called the store near my house and geek squad told him that the ram up top would work for my computer. I got home i put it in and it didn't work. I haven't had time to bring it back. I don't even know if they will take it bacxk.but geek squad said it work.; it wasnt the one i was looking for and i trusted them. i used gift card from aunt she asked me whaty i bought with it and i told her memory for my pc but i didn't tell her didn't work. my computer still is slow im stuck with it till i can get back to best buy and return this one if they will take it back and buy the right one

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Total Waste of Time and Money!

    Posted
    awol12
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    Bought this to upgrade from 3gb to 8gb on my Windows 7 laptop. Made sure that the os would support that much ram and that the PNY ram was compatible; actually double checked so I would run into an issues. Got it home, installed easy (have installed ram in the past so I knew what to do) and booted up the computer. And the trouble begins. Boot up starts super slow, then proceeds to a Windows error screen. Apparently there is a disk error and Windows has to repair the disk. This repair corrected nothing. Removed the PNY ram and put the oem ram back in everything is back to normal. Definitely disappointed and will definitely stay away from PNY products. Ram upgrade should be one of the easiest upgrades when it comes to computers and not cause disk errors. I don't know why I continue to buy products from Best Buy since they seem to sell so much junk.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Wish it would've Worked Better

    Posted
    cjviscito
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I got 2 of these with a 2011 Mac mini... I thought that I'd pump the RAM up to 8GB and also pump the VRAM from 256-288 to 512. The chips fit perfectly and I never had any issue booting into the system and the Profiler read both RAM chips. The odd thing was, with these chips installed, the mini would reboot itself anywhere from 4- 10 times a day, which made it worthless as a home media server. Once I took these out and went back to the 2GB stock Apple RAM - no more reboots... didn't change anything else, just the RAM. I think I may have just gotten a lemon chip, because I usually have great luck with PNY and I do normally recommend them... just can't in my particular instance...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Wrong memory

    Posted
    Chefsly
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    I was looking for memory for my dell xps 1640, which I thought would be easy, the memory it uses is very specific, so this seemed to fit the bill, I gave it three stars because it was partly my fault I should have checked online to see if this laptop needed specific memory. You need to check very carefully for the memory module your laptop uses and also the operating system 32 or 64 bit makes a difference, memory could be one letter or number off and it can be incompatible.my computer has Intel chipset PM45 wich supports up to 8GB. The problem is a memory modules compatibility. only a specific memory like Samsung: DDR3 1066MHz // 4GB 2Rx8 PC3-8500S (07-10-F2) // M471B5273BH1-CF will work.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    PNY memory not useful with Macintosh

    Posted
    Teacherman
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I purchased 2-4gb PNY ram for a new (unopened) Mac mini (late 2012 version) to be installed by geek squad at store. When I arrived at home and started the computer there were problems from the start. I found out later that PNY memory is not certified for Mac by Apple. The problems I had ranged from slow changes when opening apps to not being able to stay on websites and even encountered a couple of kernel panics. I took it back to BB reinstall the original Ram which they did and asked them to refunded the money I had paid for the Ram. They did and I went to a nearby Apple certified service outlet and had the certified Ram installed. The machine has performed flawlessly since.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    PNY factory label error, 1.35 V NOT 1.5 V, beware

    Posted
    Stephen
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    I had to return these chips because the package says 1.5 volts but the chips themselves say 1.35 volts. DDR3 has been around for about 10 years. These chips are for the newest DDR3L laptops and will NOT work with older computers that need the standard DDR3 1.5 voltage chips. I had the laptop with me and opened the package right in the store in front of the Best Buy associate. It appears to be a supply chain issue. They said they would make the manufacturer aware of the problem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's a memory stick - pretty simple

    Posted
    Sithawkeye
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    Not much I can say here other than it worked as it should, no issues. I do like PNY's quality compared to some of the other lower-cost brands out there. Adding memory is a fast and easy way to possibly improve computer performance. Price is a bit higher than other places (I paid about $45 for this module, whereas most places are about $20-30, but I was in a rush and needed it same day--didn't have time go elsewhere). On a side note, BestBuy is sometimes more expensive on items, although sales items are usually good bargains in many cases. Non-sale items are sometimes overpriced compared to online stores and other physical stores.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Computer Crash

    Posted
    EhabAtalla
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    I bought this memory card online, first I tried to install it in my Samsung laptop, originally with 2GB memory, a blue screen kept coming, was no way to fix that. Then installed it into my son's Samsung laptop, originally 4GB memory. First the pc became great, very fast, olso pc rating became 5.9 which is very good, the pc kept shutting down on some gaming websites, first thought this was because of antivirus, tried every possible thing, then the problem was solved completely by taking this dumb memory card out of the pc. I can't return coz already been more than 60 days and I throwed away the receipt. I paid $20 for nothing except for headache!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Low price and easy to install.

    Posted
    1zzturbo
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    The Price was Right Modernica wanted $425.00 to upgrade my MacBook Pro i7(15-inch, Early 2011) to 8gb from 4gb and I did it for less than $52.00 As stated the memory is a direct replacement for the installed apple memory and it works great. The computer speed up during processing of photo's in lightroom which is a great benefit. It really works. Another thing I communicate with Apple and will not void the warranty change the memories, they will not have problem with that. Change them will like them but their MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011). Thank you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade for the price!

    Posted
    NDJ93
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    I bought this ram for my laptop which only has 2GB of RAM. Running Windows 7 with 2GB gets a little slow, so i decided to upgrade to the 4GB. The install went great - only had to remove 2 screws and pop off a cover and pull the old RAM out. Some people say that upgrading RAM makes the computer start up faster, and mine only started 1-2 seconds faster from a cold start, but the programs open and run much much better - especially Photoshop. This is well worth the money considering speed increases and the lifetime warranty. I just may go back and get another stick to give the computer 8GB.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good RAM on the cheap

    Posted
    JasonG711
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    Wow, have times changed. RAM used to be so much more expensive. It's hard to know the good stuff from the rest. I just bought a new MacBook Pro and wanted to upgrade the memory in my old MacBook Pro (as instructed through iFixit.com. I could've bought the memory anywhere online, but I found this great deal at Best Buy. It was such a low price, I thought about paying more to get it elsewhere online, and even another brand. but, since I know Best Buy would stand behind the purchase and I could return it if it didn't seem to perform to expectations, I bought at Best Buy. I had no problems at all. Great value. Highly recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb memory for extending the laptop RAM

    Posted
    vishak2000
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    I had purchased this RAM to upgrade my Sony Vaio laptop which came in with only 2GB of RAM. After extended search for suitable memory and compatibility, I finally decided to go with PNY. This is excellent RAM and it's been already 6 months and my laptop now has total of 6GB RAM and it takes less than 40 seconds to boot-up and less time to shut down, thanks to PNY 4GB RAM. I am very happy with the purchase and recommend this DDR3 memory to anyone who's looking to upgrade the memory or for replacing the existing memory. Buying at best buy is pleasure always and I will be buying in future if at all I need one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worked without any problems

    Posted
    Kamfucius
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    I upgraded my laptop's RAM from 4GB to 8GB, trying to get every last use out of my 5-yr old laptop. I had previously purchased Crucial Technology SDRAM modules (with equivalent specs), but those did not work and had to be returned. On the other hand, these modules from PNY worked the first time I installed them, without any problems. I do not have performance metrics to say for certain whether this upgrade did any good or not, but the laptop seems to switch faster between applications, and "hangs" less often (if at all). It also seems that I am able to keep more web browser tabs open, without it insisting to close tabs to free up memory resources.

    I would recommend this to a friend