Crucial Ballistix Sport and Tactical?


First time posting here but after finding so much useful information for my new PC build here, I thought it would be the best place to get some advice.

When ordering the parts, in a mix up, I received two sets of RAM (and two cases!), both Crucial Ballistix, both 2x8GB packs but one is Sport-

and the other Tactical-

The plan was to originally return the Sport as I was only planning on using 16GB, but now as I have 32GB i just thought why not use it all?
I do know its generally not a good idea to use different types off RAM in a rig but as they are pretty similar would there be much difference, or would I just be better off sending the Sport back and exchanging for another 16GB Tactical?

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    Ram is sold in kits for a reason.
    Ram from the same vendor and part number can be made up of differing manufacturing components over time.
    Some motherboards can be very sensitive to this.
    That is why ram vendors will NOT support ram that is not bought in one kit.
    Although, I think the problem has lessened with the newer Intel chipsets. Still,
    it is safer to get what you need in one kit.

    If you use disparate kits, they will operate and the best common denominator of performance.
    Since the ballistics is cas 9, that is what you would get.
    Returning it for the tactical cas 8 would be better.

    I would also hope your os is better than windows 7 home premium which supports a max of 16gb.

    If you want 32gb, and can send them both back in favor of a 32gb kit.
    The actual specs will make negligible difference in real app performance..
  2. Thanks for that.
    Yeah I think I'll just stick 16GB for now then and will buy a 32GB pack in the future.
    The reason I would like 32GB is that it is mainly a workstation machine which will be used for graphics software such as 3DS Max, After Effects etc and I thought the extra RAM would be handy.
    And yes, I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate so no worries with the limit.

    Thanks for the help! Much appreciated.
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