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Purchasing non HP or Dell branded Server RAM

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I have 2x DL380 G7 servers and am upgrading the RAM. This question has come up many times for other HP and Dell servers in the past.

HP gives me a part number for an 8GB RDIMM stick - 500662-B21.

Now when searching for best pricing on this stick I get various options all over the place:

1) First one vendor has the above stick but the ASINs are different, one is B0050J8Q9S, B0029L0P9Y. What does this mean, does it just mean the brand of memory is different but both are genuine HP memory sticks?

2) Ingram Micro has various options for this stick, multiple different brands that label the part number, 500662-B21-PE (from Edge Tech Corporation), 500662-B21-ENC (from ENET Components) and there are more. Then there's just the "500662-B21" which is branded as "Hewlett Packard, of course twice as expensive as all of the other brands.
What's the difference between these and can I just go with the other brands without potential issues of HP Server monitoring software saying "uncertified memory" detected or just compatibility issues. etc.

I just want to get the correct memory that will work with the server as designed - and of course if possible, at the cheapest price. But all of the options out there throw me off.

I've had issues in the past where I've bought non Dell Server hard drives from Seagate directly, 300GB 15K SAS drives. Because they are not Dell branded with some special Dell firmware, they come up as "uncertified" in Dell Open Manage, even though Dell uses the same drive but puts a different sticker on it. The drives worked just fine, it just makes me concerned.
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