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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At Pure Overclock, we review a lot of top-of-the-line hardware. When testing the typical budget-conscious hardware, it’s sometimes hard to get enthused, but that is not the case with Crucial’s new Ballistix Sport Series modules. Our anticipation began to build during the unpackaging. The Sport Series are not super fancy but have a sophisticated look. The black and silver low profile heat spreaders are very attractive and looked good in our rig. Of course, performance is key, and these modules did not disappoint.
The Ballistix Sport modules overclocked to 2133MHz which was about what we expected. However, when we ran a small battery of benchmarks, we saw something special. The Ballistix modules were able to keep up with memory modules that cost twice as much. The Read/Write/Copy and Latency speeds were very impressive and the benchmarks confirmed that the performance of these “budget-friendly” modules were better than you would expect.
It is not often we see budget hardware rise to a higher performance standard, but the Ballistix Sport Series opened our eyes today. The icing on the cake is their price of just $51.99 for 8G and $103.99 for 16G kits. We have seen higher-end memory come in at twice the price with only about 1% better performance, making it easy to judge here. For those looking for great performance without needing to resort to extreme overclocking, the Crucial Ballistix Sport Series should seriously be considered. They earn our PureOverclock Editor’s Choice Award.