There really hasn't been a better time if you are looking to upgrade your ancient system with some new RAM. This 8 gigabyte pack that comes as a set of two 4GB modules is a fantastic performer. Corsair are known for making great ram chips and this is one of them.
What you must note however is that it is a 1600MHZ 240 DDR3 module. This means that your motherboard has to support a bus speed of 1600MHz to get the best out of these modules. If your motherboard does not support this bus speed, your system may become unstable or run at a lower RAM frequency.
Note also that in order to fully use the 8GB your operating system must be 64bit. 32bit operating systems can only address up to around 4GB and anything beyond that is just wasted.
Installing the RAM is a simple case of clipping it into the 240 pin slot. Once its plugged in, boot the system and enjoy the faster speed. However if as mentioned your motherboard doesn't support 1600mhz, you may need to go into BIOS and alter a few settings before you system recognises these modules.
The build quality is superb and the heatsinks mean that the chips become less hot over time as the heat dissipates evenly. Applications load much faster than the previous generations and its actually great for multitasking as it puts less load on a mechanical hard drives page file.
There really hasn't been ab etter time to buy RAM when the current prices are considered. These are the cheapest prices and 8GB Corsair XMS3 can be picked up for around £25-£30 - which compared to last year is almost 1/4th of the cost!
I purchased this ram along with many others for the new sandy bridge components. There are many types to choose from which varies a lot in price but I went for this one due to benchmarks. The ram is highly rated and its best not to choose non branded as it can cause errors later on or fail to run at its rated speed.
The advice from others is to not go above 1.7 voltages with ram as this can somehow affect the CPU. Because of this I have the ram at 1333 MHz at 1.5 which it looking good so far. Comparing 1333 to 1600 you will see hardly any difference in terms of speed as shown in benchmarks. It may be possible to overclock it to higher speed but im not to bothered about this because it means upping the volts.
It came in a small box which was a bit damaged on the sides and could have been done a bit better, although this did not effect its operation.