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.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.