Which Low-Voltage Memory Kit Is Best?
Though some of the low-voltage modules in today’s test topped DDR3-2200 at 1.50 V, the biggest performance gains came from optimizing timings at DDR3-1600. Of course, we know that some folks won't go that far, instead choosing to buy the fastest parts they can afford without manually tuning them. We’re splitting the difference once again, averaging default configuration performance with optimized DDR3-1600 results to develop a performance profile.
Beginning with a group average of 100%, I zeroed out the chart to show how far each kit deviated from that average. Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP, for example, performed 1.62% better than average, while Super Talent’s custom-ordered kit fared 1.30% worse. A performance spread of 3% isn’t huge, but it is noteworthy.
Switching back to a 100% baseline, we see that G.Skill’s $2 price advantage over Crucial is large enough to hand it the value lead. We understand that most users won’t care about price differences this small, but that’s not an excuse to suppress this information.
We finish with two top picks, Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP offering the best performance and G.Skill Sniper SR2 providing the best value. G.Skill also has the advantage of its stunningly-low 1.25 V baseline voltage, while Crucial has a much larger advantage in overclocking.