Since most of us like the idea of getting added value by way of overclocking, a module that wins a value comparison by being the cheapest might not serve all of our needs. Crucial’s top-overclocking Ballistix PC2-6400 and Patriot’s second-place-overclocking Viper series 6400LLK are primary contenders as value-overclocking parts. Patriot’s second-place value index puts it in a commanding position against Crucial’s sixth-place value in the overclocking bang-for-the-buck race.
Anyone less interested in getting a solid overclock will instead be pleased by Corsair’s CAS 5 XMS2 module kit. An ultra-low $25 after-rebate price and reputable customer support structure means that non-overclockers should have no regrets concerning their purchase.
But we’d be remiss to discuss after-rebate pricing without covering the caveats. Manufacturers often use these to convince buyers of a low final price, while resting secure in the knowledge that many customers will later forget to mail in the forms or lose their receipts. Some mail-in rebate programs from otherwise respectable companies go so far as to wait for the customer to complain before sending out any checks. Furthermore, if a product is priced at $85 and has a $40 mail-in-rebate, someone who only has $50 to spend will still be unable to afford these $45 parts.
Super Talent’s T800UX4GC5 leads the pre-rebate price war, while Patriot’s PVS24G6400LLK are the least expensive performance modules, both before and after rebate.