Crucial Ballistix Sport Series 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 PC3-12800, 1600MHz
WHAT WE LIKED:Well priced, excellent stock performance
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Maximum overclock of 2133MHz
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Memory speeds have been a hot topic since the release of Ivy Bridge. Ivy Bridge brings a re-worked Internal Memory Controller (IMC) that has significantly increased memory frequencies. As of the past few months, we have tested memory modules sporting speeds of up to 2800MHz. Manufacturers have been busy looking to push memory speeds off the charts and we love to see this, but reality shows that a majority of consumers do not overclock their memory. So, for those who look to increase speeds and performance beyond the norm, there is a premium to pay.
Today, we have a different look at memory which we do not see as often. It is called budget memory. All the memory we tested recently with higher frequencies sells from $75 and up for 8G kits. So for anyone looking to put 16GB to 32GB in their system, let’s face it, maximizing your memory capacity can be rather pricey. Not everyone wants to spend this kind of cash for memory. Enter the Crucial Ballistix Sport Series at a price of just $51.99 for an 8GB Kit!
Some companies, like Crucial, realized that budget-conscious customers are the largest segment of the industry. Only about 2% of computer users are enthusiasts that overclock. Thus was born Crucial’s new strategy: an affordable price coupled with good performance. Today, we have Crucial’s 1600MHz DDR3 Ballistix Sport Series in for testing. Our first question is, “Will these modules sacrifice performance to make the cheaper price possible?” Let’s get the 1600MHz Ballistix Sport Series modules to our lab and see if these modules are just your typical budget memory or if they have some hidden secret under the hood.
“At Crucial.com, we know memory. We research it. Test it. Stock it. And we’ll even replace it. We’re among the first ones to get a new platform, OS, motherboard, or killer game and we waste no time putting it to the test. We sit in dark rooms reading benchmark scores. We spend hours installing and uninstalling memory modules into motherboard after motherboard… We don’t get tired. We never cut corners. We break our backs to get your upgrade out the door in a flash. And we support our products—and customers—every step of the way.”