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expereince with "off-brand" parts?

Specifically I'm wondering about slightly cheaper, less well known brands such as GeIL and OLOy vs U.S mainstream brands like Corsair, Kingston, etc. What were your reasons for getting and experience with using lesser known parts?

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What "parts" are you looking for?

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I've never had problems going out cheap with SSD's, fans, cases and coolers and there are some deals out there if you are willing to take the risk. But never cheap out on an PSU

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W/ respect to RAM, they're basically fine. Only a few manufacturers of the actual DRAM chips, and that makes it pretty hard to mess them up. I'd avoid them for super high speed stuff like DDR4 4266+ since at that point, having your motherboard support your sticks on the QVL is pretty helpful, and bigger brands are more likely to end up on those. 

More broadly, yeah, it totally depends. PSUs, I'd typically avoid. Watercooling parts, most of mine are from AliExpress. It really does depend. I gave the RAM answer based on the brands you gave.

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Well IMO RAM, SSD, etc. Basically anything with a DRAM chip they are fine 'cause they are the resellers. And the ones that are making this chips is still Samsung, Micron, etc.

 

Basically the only thing I didn't trust with these "off-brand" companies are Motherboards and PSUs

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PSU - Segotep GP600P (500W) - no problems

SSD - Kingdian M.2  2242 512GB - no problems (still have it inside a USB stick)

Graphics card - Manli Gallardo GTX 1070 - no problems

 

These are my experiences with Chinese/HK PC parts. But one persons experience is not good for predicting failure statistics.

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Sandisk and Transcend are two funny examples of "off-brands". Being major manufacturers of flash storage, but not so known for their SSDs.

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1 minute ago, LogicalDrm said:

Sandisk and Transcend are two funny examples of "off-brands". Being major manufacturers of flash storage, but not so known for their SSDs.

I don't understand sandisk. shouldn't the ssd go to wd?

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1 minute ago, sub68 said:

I don't understand sandisk. shouldn't the ssd go to wd?

Talking about time before WD acquired them. Like 2014 when SSDs were also just coming to consumers, and Sandisk and Transcend offered cheap alternatives to Kingston, Corsair and Samsung.

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Just now, LogicalDrm said:

Talking about time before WD acquired them.

but isn't sandisk still making ssds?

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1 minute ago, sub68 said:

but isn't sandisk still making ssds?

They are still major manufacturer of flash storage. If they sell SSDs under that brand, then why do you ask me if their SSDs should be under WD or SanDisk brand?

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2 minutes ago, LogicalDrm said:

then why do you ask me if their SSDs should be under WD or SanDisk brand?

because isnt sandisk under wd

nvm this is just a tangle that I will never under stand

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14 minutes ago, sub68 said:

because isnt sandisk under wd

nvm this is just a tangle that I will never under stand

According to Wikipedia WD acquired SanDisk in 2016. I was talking about SanDisk when SSDs were new and fancy thing, so 2013-2015. SanDisk is still being used as a brand name. Just like Microsoft used Nokia as brand name for a while.

 

Anyway, any brand can become major in a flash. All it needs is good marketing strategy, good product and they are off. Another example is Arctic and Cryorig. Or Scythe.

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3 minutes ago, LogicalDrm said:

Anyway, any brand can become major in a flash.

I assume no pun intended

but a example is moondrop well in the audiophile became a great chineses hifi manufacturer

but yeah sandisk is still great I only have sandisk sd cards due to there reliability

 

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5 hours ago, parrotperil said:

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Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't consider them an off-brand.

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11 hours ago, parrotperil said:

Specifically I'm wondering about slightly cheaper, less well known brands such as GeIL and OLOy vs U.S mainstream brands like Corsair, Kingston, etc. What were your reasons for getting and experience with using lesser known parts?

I’ve found that with any PC parts any company can make something that is good or something that is crap.  It depends heavily on the particular part.  Some companies don’t make anything that is decent, but even the most respected brands can come out with garbage occasionally.  Branding just isn’t a great way to judge things. 

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6 hours ago, wkdpaul said:

Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't consider them an off-brand.

came to post the same thing. Maybe its a US thing pretty common in AU 

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my dad got 12 GeIL pwm fans for $4.99 each at ncix. why they were that cheap i don't no. well hes still using them and i had 6 and they still work too for water cooling. there still around but barley...i guesses. evrt now and then you see a product of a company you thought was dead like antec oh your still around are you then i remember when they were at the top.

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