With prices of DDR3 dropping like a stone, budget kits are becoming less and less appealing. Who in the right mind is going to buy a budget kit when for a similar price a high end kit can be had for more or less the same price? Throughout this review I kept asking myself that very question and even now I am struggling for an answer.
Those looking for overclocking prowess, ultimate benchmarking scores,aesthetically pleasing memory modules and bragging rights might want to look elsewhere as the Kingston Value kits offer nothing that could please the tastes of such enthusiasts. Sure the kit is not a bad overclocker by any stretch of the imagination but I do wonder about the longetivity of such modules running them 0.15v above there rated voltage. Heat would also be a compounding factor in the memory's mortality as there is nothing to wick the excess heat away from the kit bar the ambient air. Overclockers, benchmarkers and e-peen hunters are simply not what this kit is designed for though.
Some people, in fact the vast majority of people do not have exotic tastes in PC hardware. I would hazard a guess that the majority of people who own a PC still have it housed in a beige steal case with just a dust clogged 80mm fan for ventilation. Such is the minute appeal for high end hardware.These kits are for people who want plenty of memory and care little for looks let alone have any interest in overclocking. Almost everyone knows someone be it an uncle or a friend of a friend who is, to coin a phrase, 'good with computers'. Kit's such as this will appeal to the system builder as they are nothing fancy, cheap and easy to setup. There is just no need for ultra fast, high end modules for Auntie Pat to design a birthday card or for Uncle Bob to check out his 'exotic art'. One might even say that core i7 and indeed 12GB is not needed for that. Everyone however, wants a little future proofing and for a 12GB i7 kit designed for the OEM market, Kingston it seems have the answer.
- Good overclocking for a budget kit.
- Does exactly what it says on the tin (if you can find where it says it)
- Simple but effective no nonsense packaging