Eight 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) Memory Kits For P67 Express, Rounded Up


Although it's the top performer in today’s comparison, Geil’s lack of U.S. availability makes it impossible to include in any value comparison, which obviously requires that we consider a price tag. That leaves Crucial’s middle-of-the-pack Ballstix DDR3-2000 as the highest-priced competitor in today’s roundup.

At the other end of the pricing scale, PNY shoots for best-value consideration with its low-cost DDR3-1333. It takes a lot of confidence to put mainstream parts up against such highly-rated competitors. Does that confidence pay off in a value win? We compared the maximum bandwidth of each module set to PNY’s reference-speed bandwidth (17.68 MB/s at DDR3-1333 CAS 9-9-9-24), then compared the price of each module set to PNY’s Web-price ($85). Dividing the first calculation by the second gives us value as performance-per-dollar.

Unfortunately for PNY, its low price isn’t enough to put it over-the-top when its maximum bandwidth exceeded its reference bandwidth by 18.8%. Kingston’s moderate price and high overclocking capability instead put it in the lead. Though we’ve always been a little shy about purchasing CAS 9 memory in hopes of achieving loftier overclocking results, Kingston’s margin of victory is large enough to earn its KHX1600C9D3T1K2/8GX kit one of our rare awards.

Though it didn’t reach the same DDR3-2133 frequency or DDR3-1866 CAS 8 timings, Corsair’s second-place Vengeance memory kit is even cheaper than Kingston’s HyperX T1. Futhermore, both products achieved similar timings at DDR3-1600. That makes Corsair a worthy adversary and an excellent alternative for buyers who wish to maximize performance at a moderate data rate.

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  • daglesj
    Note - Ram performance reviews have been redundant for several years now.

    Please in future just review ram purely on how 'cool' it looks in your case/motherboard.

    Saves you and the reader their time/life.

    Amazed at how ram manufacturers still get away with tarting up standard ram and charging x% more for it with just a chunk of metal on it.
  • agesalter
    As the real world difference here is so small can we see performance ram verses el cheapo ram to see if it is worth spending the big bucks on memory, or (as I suspect) show that you are better off splashing the cash on cpu/gpu.

  • damian86
    That was a nice review, so if you are planning a build then make sure you have one of these kits on it. I am one of these persons that can wait to save, and spen a little bit more of money for something that is worth, but I don't go too crazy spending all of it.

    So we can say the Kingston is the average in speed/value/overclocking,I was expecting a bit mroe from Corsair,and RipjawX is not staying behind showing pure solid results.
  • 13thmonkey
    Could you possibly review a mixed kit please, as far as I am concerned there should be no need to have to use a fixed kit if they meet ddr3 standards.

    However there is a growing wave of people that believe the marketing bull which states that you need to use kits that come from the same box, i.e. a 2 stick kit + a single stick cannot (according to some) run in triple channel the same way that a 3 stick kit would.
  • Anonymous
    Hi!! Please can someone tell me does this kingston memory kit goes with AsrockZ68 Extreme4 Gen 3 motherboard???