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Crucial DDR4-2133 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit Review


We have always been a fan of Crucial because their memory kits tend to be attractively priced and usually have excellent overclocking headroom. Crucial is such a large RAM manufacturer that the ICs used in their run-of-the-mill DDR4-2133 kits generally aren’t simply the rejects that couldn’t meet the specs of their enthusiast line, which is the case for most other manufacturers. As a result, it is easy to find diamonds in the rough and end up with a couple of excellent memory modules.

As we mentioned in the introduction, because of the fact that this particular CT2K16G4DFD8213 model features a higher price than many higher clocked kits, our judgment of this product was going to be heavily dependent on its overclocking capabilities. Regrettably, while were able to get a fair bit of overclocking headroom, and decent results like DDR4-2870 16-16-16, DDR4-2733 15-15-15, DDR4-2460 14-14-14, that is simply not enough when compared to the competition. There are factory overclocked 32GB memory kits, with pre-binned ICs and cool looking heatspreaders, that are equally priced and that are certified to run at DDR4-2800 14-14-or even DDR4-3200 16-18-18.

Even if you don’t care about overclocking at all, these higher clocked models from enthusiast-oriented manufacturers are only about $15-20 more expensive than the cheapest 32GB DDR4-2133 kit on the market, and future platform will support higher default memory speeds so it is always good to have a bit of extra headroom.

In the end, this is a fine memory kit, but it needs a $20 USD /$25 CAD price cut to be competitive with what is on the market right now. Even Crucial’s higher-end Ballistix Sport LT 32GB models that are clocked at DDR4-2400 16-16-16, and feature better ICs and heatspreaders, are only $10 more expensive than the OEM-looking kit that we have reviewed today.

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