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The 16GB 3000MHz quad channel kit we are reviewing today is in the upper middle of the memory speed scale for the Ripjaws 4 line. They feature blue heat spreaders and a G.SKILL decal on each side of the modules. The Ripjaws 4 certainly look and sound the part. The Ripjaws 4 series offers speeds from 2133MHz all the way up to an impressive 3333Mhz.
Today we will be looking at their Ballistix Elite 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 2666MHz memory kit. This kit is the most expensive of all of Crucial’s 16GB DDR4 kits. Crucial has fitted the Ballistix Elite menacing black heat spreader and PCB that are very reminiscent of military small arms. Crucial’s exclusive M.O.D. utility and thermal sensor for real-time temperature monitoring makes a return from their DDR3 line. They also feature Intel XMP 2.0 profiles for easy set up and configuration. Like all Crucial memory, they feature a limited lifetime warranty.
The aXeRam Extreme Performance memory offers speeds of 2133MHz and 2400Mhz. They feature tall profile silver metallic aluminum heat spreaders with a total memory module height of 52mm. The aXeRam certainly look and sound the part. Not all heat spreader colors are available in all speeds and latency configurations. They are available in dual channel kits and with capacity configurations of 8GB and 16GB. The 16GB 2133MHz dual channel kit is the one we will be looking at today.
The Ripjaws 4 series offers speeds from 2133MHz all the way up to an impressive 3333Mhz. They feature medium profile blue, black, or red aluminum heat spreaders with a total memory module height of 40 mm. Not all heat spreader colors are available in all speeds and latency configurations. Their 40mm height should clear most aftermarket air cooler, but it is best to check first, before you purchase either. They are available in quad channel kits and with capacity configurations of 16GB and 32GB.
Featuring a superior heat spreader design and some other notable improvements, HyperX Predator series replaced the HyperX T1 series as the flagship of the HyperX memory line. Now 2 years later, DDR4 has been released and Kingston chose the HyperX Predator DDR4 as their first release with the new memory technology. The Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 offer speeds from 2133 MHz all the way up to a staggering 3000Mhz. They feature very high profile black aluminum heat spreaders with a total memory module height of 53.9mm. At 3000 Mhz, the HyperX Predator DDR4 16GB kit I am reviewing today is at the extreme high end of the memory speed scale and the fastest DDR4 memory kit that Kingston offers. There is no single thing that is subtle about the Predators.
G.SKILL is one of the move respected names in the computer industry. Established in 1989 by enthusiasts, they have become one the leading memory module manufacturers. They also have one the most extensive range of computer memory products available. They have 13 different series of desktop memory alone.
Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc., one of the largest memory and flash storage manufacturers in the world. They make computer memory upgrades (DRAM) and solid state drives (SSDs), and offer more than 250,000 upgrades for over 50,000 systems. They have a reputation for quality and their memory is well regarded.