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Aug
2
2014

Consumer DDR4 Kits from Crucial Starting at $285

Consumer DDR4 Kits from Crucial Starting at $285


The first consumer DDR4 memory kits have been announced from Crucial. Although the kit shown above has a heatsink, the lower-end versions from Crucial are expected to come without a heatsink. Because X99 is the first consumer platform to support DDR4, it is no surprise that the memory kits cost a quite bit more. For a rough comparison. The 4x4 GB basic DDR4 memory kit from Crucial costs $285 while a lower end DDR3 4x4 GB kit from Crucial costs only $169.99.

The Crucial Value DDR4 memory kits will come in either 16 GB or 32 GB and will operate at 2133 MHz. If you plan on overclocking your memory, you're going to want to opt for the higher-end options such as the Ballistix Elite (pictured above) or Ballistix Sport.

Here is a chart from WCCFTech that shows the benefits of DDR4 compared to DDR3.

Feature/Option DDR3 DDR4 DDR4 Advantage
Voltage (core and I/O) 1.5V 1.2V Reduces memory power demand
Low voltage standard Yes
(DDR3L at 1.35V)
Anticipated
(likely 1.05V)
Memory power reductions
Data rate (Mb/s) 800, 1066, 1333, 1600, 1866, 2133 1600, 1866, 2133, 2400, 2667, 3200 Migration to higher-speed I/O
Component Densities 512Mb-8Gb 2Gb-16Gb Better enablement for large-capacity memory subsystems
Module Densities 512MB-64GB 2GB-128GB Increased total module density for each system
Internal banks 8 16 More banks

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