So here is a little story. I purchased 2 sets of 2x4GB 1333 modules for my AMD-based rig back in late 2010 within a couple of weeks of each other for a total of 16GB (4x4GB). Bought nice Corsair XMS3 with heatsinks, matching sets. These migrated in my Intel-based PC last year and worked fine up until a couple of weeks ago when my PC refused to boot up at all. After some head scratching, swearing and a little troubleshooting I found out 1 of the modules was the cause. After taking it out PC booted with no problems running with 12GB.
So I did advanced RMA and got 2 replacement modules. Put them in and all was peachy so decided to run memtest for my own amusement. Got an error right away. After more swearing, head scratching and troubleshooting, eliminated new RAM and traced it back to the second original set. They were bought within 2 weeks of each other and they exhibited problems within 2 weeks of each other. Now have to RMA that set as well. I'll be stuck running on 8GB instead of 16 for a while. Yes, first-world problems, I know but still it's annoying. When I say blood bath, then it is blood bath!
pay for 16GB then it should be 16GB!
Yes, I'm pissed off. For most of their life these were sitting in a large, well-ventilated case. They had heatsinks. And they lasted barely 2 years. What the hell? Now, before you say this is a coincidence I had a similar issue back in 2007 with DDR1 Corsair RAM. The RMA was relatively painless and that's why I decided to go Corsair again. I think this is going to be my last Corsair memory for a while.
On a positive note, kudos to Winblows 7 that managed to run without issues on bad RAM. Very impressive.