Crucial BallistiX DDR3 preview: three high-end memory kits tested

Crucial has done well the past few months in the area of brand recognition thanks to the popularity of its affordable m4 SSDs. Once upon a time Crucial was actually "just" a manufacturer of RAM modules, and the company has decided it wants to reaffirm its focus on this core business in the coming years. Crucial is a division of Micron, one of the world's largest manufacturers of memory chips. That means it has direct access to various modules, and claims it can ensure the highest quality by monitoring the entire production process, from chip to finished module.

Quality and reliable are characteristics that are difficult for us to test, but when you read the user feedback on various forums it appears that owners of Crucial modules are very happy with their purchase.

In the past we have tested Crucial modules a few times, but we did not receive any test samples for our most recent major round-up. Crucial now provided three different memory kits from its high-end BallistiX series. Hardware.Info tested the BallistiX Sport 16GB DDR3-1600 CL9 quad kit, BallistiX Tactical 8GB DDR3-1333 CL7 kit and the BallistiX Elite 8GB DDR3-2133 CL9 kit.

Crucial calls all of its deluxe memory modules BallistiX, but there are variations under that name. BallistiX Sport are aimed at gamers and consumers that want faster and more high-end RAM, but don't want to pay too much more than what standard modules cost. BallistiX Tactical is positioned a little higher, and is suitable for overclockers. BallistiX Elite are the most high-end and deluxe modules in the line-up.

The first set we tested is the BallistiX Sport 16GB DDR3-1600 CL9 quad kit. This set contains four modules, intended for Socket 2011 systems, and costs an average of £78. You can read the rest of Crucial BallistiX DDR3 preview on