14 DDR4 memory kits of 8 to 32 GB review: DDR4 for everyone

Faster memory has its perks, to a certain extent

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Conclusion

Since our tests show that faster DDR4 memory does improve performance in games and other intensive applications, the memory market has suddenly become much more interesting. The added value above 3200 MHz might be a bit limited, however a kit of e.g. 2666 MHz remains a useful investment.

The Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16 GB 2666 MHz CL15 is the best kit in that segment in our opinion. At the time of writing it's a bit more expensive than the Crucial-kit with CL16 that we included from last test, however it's also faster. The price premium of about 10 pounds compared to the standard 2133 MHz-kit is more than worth it in our opinion and therefore the kit receives a Great Value Award.

If you're prepared to invest a bit more for a 3000MHz-kit, you should probably put your eggs into Crucial's basket. The Ballistix Tactical 16GB 3000MHz CL16 offers a lot of performance for the money and therefore it receives an Excellent Choice Award. The Ballistix Elite variant is identical in terms of specifications, however it features a, in our opinion, very nice matte-black heat spreader. It costs about 10 pounds more.

For the overclockers the G.Skill Trident Z 32GB 3200 MHz CL14 is the best choice. The overclocking potential is excellent: the chips used in these modules can handle a very high voltage and they also perform very well indeed. The 4000 MHz at CL12 it achieved in our max. OC-test is impressive to say the least. Due to those low timings its performance is even higher compared to a HyperX-kit overclocked to 4133 MHz.


Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB DDR4-2666 CL15 kit


Crucial Ballistix Tactical 16GB DDR4-3000 CL16 kit


G.Skill Trident Z 32GB DDR4-3200 CL14 quad kit


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