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Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP DDR3-1600 16GB Memory Review

Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP DDR3-1600 16GB Memory Review

Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP DDR3-1600 Memory Kit Review

Conclusion

Looking first at the build quality and design of the Ballistix Sport VLP modules we have the usual high standard from Crucial. A black PCB would look a little nicer but as always we get some of their highly reliable, very compatible chips on the sticks. A nice metal heatspreader adds to the aesthetic appeal and these really are small. So small in fact that on our Z77 board the top of the memory was LOWER than the clips on our memory slots! This makes them ideal for anyone looking to install an oversize cooler, or maybe build a micro system.

Performance too was impressive. At 1600 MHz they tend to be a touch faster than generic modules from Samsung (and others) who use higher timings. Then there was some nice overclocking potential too, including some SPD timings in excess of the rated 1600MHz. We of course went down the manual route and had no trouble running 2000MHz with a pretty standard voltage which was great.

In terms of value the VLP sticks are priced competitively and we get Crucials usual lifetime warranty… so its good news all round really.

Summary
A nice alternative to some larger modules and a perfect purchase for those concerned by module height, available space or even energy use.

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Stuart Davidson

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