Kingston ValueRam 4GB KVR1333D3S8N9HK2/4G review
If you’re building a computer on a budget or kitting out an entire array of identical systems for your small office, you’re probably not going to be too worried about overclocking your memory or whether it has a heat diffuser with mounting points for additional fans. It’s for exactly these scenarios that Kingston’s ValueRam range exists. While not all the memory sold under this banner is quite as cheap as we’d have expected, there’s certainly no room to complain about the 4GB KVR1333D3S8N9HK2/4G kit.
£15 buys you two modules of 2GB 1,333MHz memory. It doesn’t have any built in XMP profiles and you shouldn’t expect it to take kindly to any attempts at manually overclocking it beyond its rated speed. However, with an average price of just £3.75 per GB, you’re not likely to find anything cheaper.
Although this couldn’t be more of a budget kit if it tried, there’s nothing wrong with its performance. In our standard application benchmarks it produced an overall score of 101 – a point above our reference hardware. While budget RAM doesn’t get put through the kind of stress testing that some premium products receive, this RAM still performs well and has the same lifetime warranty as Kingston’s more expensive modules.
The KVR1333D3S8N9HK2/4G is our Budget Buy winner. However, be aware that if you only have two motherboard slots, this kit will take up both of them, so you'll need to throw away the kit to upgrade to 8GB later. If you're short of expansion slots, the Corsair Vengeance LP CML8GX3M1A1600C10 8GB is a cost-effective 8GB module which will leave you more room to upgrade later.
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