Crucial have created a really nice looking set of modules with their Ballistix Sport kits, though the fact our heat spreader is only on one side means its presence is mainly cosmetic. It is also good to see a few different options to suit various systems when it comes to specifications with 1600MHz modules available for those whose system doesn’t support 1866MHz sticks.
In terms of performance this particular kit achieved what it set out to do. We got improved bandwidth over the standard 1600MHz results and while there are areas that don’t benefit from new memory (Cinebench, load times, etc) there are areas where we saw benefits such as video encoding. As an added benefit these are also low voltage, cool running modules with a drop of 3x over generic modules… and any drop in temperature and power use is always appreciated in a laptop.
So that brings us to value where the Ballistix Sport, in their most expensive configuration, sell for $159/£120 with the entry level 4Gb module starting at £30/$40. That is decent value and the lifetime warranty completes a well-rounded package.
|Where to buy…|
|Crucial Store – £136.79|
|Crucial Store – $179.99|