We're looking to upgrade the RAM in one of our IBM System X servers. I received a quote of $560 from IBM for 2x 4GB chips of RAM. I've looked at the exact same type of RAM (ECC PC2-5600 server RAM) from Kingston and Crucial and both are around $200 for the same amount of RAM.
- Is IBM RAM somehow qualitatively different thus justifying the 125% increase in cost?
- What reasons are there for choosing the IBM RAM over the non-IBM brand RAM?
- If I purchase non-IBM brand ram and use it my server what are the possible repercussions?