DDR4 memory is rapidly becoming more available though DDR3 memory is not ready to be brushed aside quite yet, at least until Intel and AMD offer DDR4 support in mainstream processors. Crucial has been manufacturing memory for many years though today we will be reviewing one model from them, the DDR3 Ballistix Sport 8GB memory kit.
The Ballistix Sport memory from Crucial is aimed towards value builders, those who want decent performance but not hand over their life savings for it. This model we are reviewing offers 8GB total capacity through two 4GB modules. These modules are certified to run at 1600MHz with the timings of 9-9-9-24, which is the minimum we would recommend when buying new memory. The voltage of this kit is 1.5v, which is good considering a higher memory voltage could put more strain on the memory controller. These specifications are impressive since this kit is aggressively priced, making it a worthwhile consideration when upgrading or replacing RAM.
This Crucial memory has a stylish heatsink design covering the memory chips which clearly displays the brand and model of the memory. We are thankful this memory has a low profile design as it does not interfere with large CPU heatsinks. Compared to other memory models, the heatsink on these modules is fairly small though memory does not usually produce much heat, especially if it’s configured to 1600MHz.
When installed the Crucial memory looks smart with its compact heatsink. We were a little disappointed when we looked above it, clearly seeing the green circuit board which may put those with windowed cases off.
Performance wise the Crucial Ballistix Sport is hard to beat at its price range, offering respectable performance. Realistically, bandwidth and timing of memory modules does not make a significant impact to system performance so the performance of these modules will be similar to other 1600MHz kits.
Crucial is backing the Ballistix Sport 8GB RAM with a limited lifetime warranty, offering peace of mind to consumers however, many other memory manufacturers now offer this type of warranty as well. At the time of writing the Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB RAM kit can be found for around £65, bringing it in line with competing brands. Occasionally it can be found a little cheaper, making it a suitable choice for any value system.
When shopping for new memory the Crucial Ballistix Sport should be high on your list. Offering a low profile design with respectable performance at an affordable price it makes it ideal to use in value systems. Looking at it from above was a little disappointing as the green circuit board was clearly visible though from the side it looked appealing. While the performance is respectable, the 1600MHz bandwidth is rather average and it could have benefited from being a little faster in this area though most day to day activities will not noticeably benefit from higher bandwidth memory. In conclusion, the Cruical Ballistix Sport RAM is an affordable product which aims to offer decent performance without raiding the buyer’s wallet.