Crucial 4GB DDR3-1333MHz UDIMM - Page 5

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You may be wondering, where are the overclocking results? Quite simply, I chose to leave these results out for now for three reasons. First, until I have more time to work with these modules on different motherboards to get an accurate estimate of overclocking capability. Second, these modules are not targeted at the high-end overclocking community. Finally, high density DRAM are typically not know for their incredible overclocking capabilities to start with. Clearly, it is likely end users of these DIMMs will engage in light overclocking, if any at all.

From the benchmark results, you may be wondering, why should I drop my hard earned money on these sticks? There wasn't a huge performance gain between the 4GB to 12Gb setups, and a portion of those gains comes from additional bandwidth offered by running in multi-channel setups. To this I can only say, you can't benchmark the user experience. What do I mean by this? It is difficult to emulate and benchmark how fluid the system feels and operates with different amounts and types of DRAM. You can measure synthetic performance, and FPS, those are concrete numbers to look at and thus have been shown here. However, the user experience between 4GB and 8GB is like night and day if you engage in a lot of memory intensive applications like photo editing. When the system was bogging down with Photoshop and Premiere with 4GB, it was running like a champ at 8GB. At 12GB, nothing could touch the system. This is a very subjective approach, but it is a realistic one. I have benchmarked more systems than I can remember, and have found the user experience can vary greatly based on the amount of DRAM, as I'm sure all of you have. This is the core benefit to such high density DRAM DIMMs.

You may also be wondering, can't I just go out and buy a smaller kit with more DIMMs for less? Yes, this is for sure an option. For most users now, 4GB should suffice just fine. But, in this community we rarely consider "good enough" to be, well, good enough. While the core audience here at MBReview is not  typically in the "oh look, new technology it's time to upgrade now because my pockets are burning" crowd, you are more adamant in choosing options for the longer term, and those that can transfer over to future products. By choosing to utilize high density DIMMs like these offered by Crucial, you can add a wealth of useful life to your PC, even if it is upgraded more often than done by  Average Joe.

In the end, what would I choose to go with if it were me? Personally, I engage in a good deal of photo and video editing, occasional CAD/CAE, and heavy gaming. While 4GB would be "good enough" in this case, jumping up to a dual channel 8GB setup provided a nice boost in both bandwidth and overall system responsiveness under heavy use. Can I really justify going all the way to 12GB or 16GB? No, not at this time except for professional systems used in industry. These systems can use all the DRAM they can get to increase productivity. Also, since most motherboards have at least three or four DIMMs, you will not be limited to upgrade to more DRAM in the future, should it become needed.

Bottom line, these 4GB UDIMMs from Crucial can adapt to any user. All you need to know is what your primary system use is, and how much DRAM you need. The high density nature of these UDIMMs does not impose a limit on the maximum amount of DRAM you system can use, in fact you'll likely be limited by your board before you can exceed the number of available DIMM slots. You'll also benefit from the respected quality, warranty and customer support of Crucial. Is all of this reason enough to invest in the Crucial 4GB DDR3-1333MHz UDIMMs? I'll leave that up to you, the consumer, but if you're in the market for high density DIMMs, give these a look, you won't regret it. To find the latest pricing on these modules, check out Crucial's website. Thanks to Crucial for supplying the UDIMM modules for review.