Excerpt: When it comes to system performance, RAM is a component that gets far less attention than it should. While it may have less of an impact than the CPU or GPU, RAM can still be a major bottleneck on performance.
Summary: The Crucial Ballistix Elite series DDR3 PC-3 14900 2x 4GB memory kit performed great. It outperformed the 8GB Corsair memory kit and still has some room to play with. An advanced user could most definitely find some more speed by changing timings and settings in BIOS or even over-clocking the CPU...
Pros: Competitive pricing, High quality construction
Cons: Heat-spreader height could be an issue with some CPU coolers
Conclusion: Its not that often that we look at at an older product on the market, however its always good to see how they still fair with respect to the latest and greatest products, making us ask the question if we really have to spend out for the latest gear and not something that’s a generation or two old.
Summary: Crucial has put together everything they have learned from both their performance Ballistix line that is catered towards enthusiasts as well as what they have learned from their consumer budget line to bring about a delicious combo that marries performance and size with price.