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Test: Four DDR3-1600 16 GB Kits - Quantity with quality


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16GB Hardwareluxx Roundup kleinAfter we did some trips to higher clock ranges with 8 GB kits, we keep a bit more grounded this time: all kits in this test "only" offer an effective clock rate of 1600 MHz ex works. In exchange, we flex our muscles regarding storage capacity and increase storage to 16 GB - following the current general trend. The market is fiercely fought over in this class; Corsair with a Vengeance-series kit, Crucial with Ballistix-Sport, G.Skill with ARES and Patriot with G2 Division Sample are facing up to our test.

Even considering clock rate and memory, there is a huge variety of devices. So we preset two further parameters for our test devices: all kits in our test have a latency of CL9-9-9-24 and run on a voltage of 1.5 V. Therefore they all fulfill Intel's standards and would be perfect candidates for Ivy-Bridge-processors

Specifications of all kits
Effective frequency 1600 MHz
Memory size 16 GB
Latencies CL9-9-9-24
Voltage 1.5 V

After this technical prelude, we will now come to our test candidates:

Overview of the test-samples
Corsair CML16GX3M4A1600C9B; 4x4 GB; from 84 €
Crucial BLS4CP4G3D1609DS1S00BEU; 4x4 GB; from 91 € 
G.Skill F3-1600C9Q-16GAB; 4x4 GB; from 84 €
Patriot PGD316G1600ELK; 2x8 GB; from 102 €

The kits all differ about 20 euros in price. The Patriot kit is the most expensive, but this is due to the fact that it is the only test sample with 8 GB modules. These are generally more expensive than their 4 GB equivalents. The other kits consist of a 4x4-configuration, i.e. four cheaper 4 GB modules. All kits are available and obtainable. 


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