Looking up the retail prices with geizhals, we see that offers for 8GB kits of DDR3-1866 Ballistix Elite start around 62 Euros, which seems like a lot next to an identical Ballistix
Tactical set that can be bought a dozen of Euros cheaper. However, if you compare it to similarly
priced DDR3-1866 and DDR3-2133 rated offerings equipped with Hynix CFR, things don't even look half
as bad. Yes, the Hynix will be a couple of Euros cheaper, but the Ballistix Elite have better heapraders
and similar performance, so in the end, value for money is roughly the same.
All in all, it looks like Micron have finally stepped on the right path with their new ICs.
The D9PFJ don't dominate the field like the D9GMH or D9GTR once did, but being sensibly used in Crucial's
recent lineup, they are able to bring more competition to the memory market, which is never a bad thing
for the end customers.
The 8GB Ballistix Elite DDR3-1866 memory kit is definitely a competitor, but nothing
revolutionary. Taking into account the stability issues running at high clockrates, we'd give it
an overall rating of four stars out of five.
Crucial Ballistix Elite BLE2CP4G3D1869DE1TX0CEU kit receives the very good rating of
four out of five stars
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