Value & Conclusion
|9.6||Trying to evaluate this memory kit fairly while keeping in mind what consumers will think and how they will react is tough. On one hand, I completely understand why this memory kit exists, though most users will never use anything like it, at least not at its price point. Its cost poses the biggest problem: $2000 makes each single 4 GB stick worth a cool $1000. That alone means this kit is not for everyone.|
Taking a look at the performance metrics, all done using nearly the same CPU speed, this kit is undeniably faster than any other kit I got into my hands so far, so there needs to be a high price to go along with that. Be that as it may, purchasing these sticks purely based on their performance is not necessarily the most prudent decision. This kit costs so much because its unparallelled flexibility makes it an invaluable testing tool. Good tools usually cost a lot, but I personally feel its current asking price to be twice of what it should be. $1000 would be much more appropriate. I know many are going to scoff at that, but with some NVidia VGAs costing as much, and given their high sales figures, the market for such high-end hardware definitely exists, although it is undeniably not everyone's cup of tea, so to speak. For me, this kit is nearly indispensable.
As a reviewer and an overclocker at heart, these provide me with the ability to test BIOS performance and flexibility, allow for binning memory controllers of CPUs, and are just BEGGING to be pushed a LOT when it comes time to break records. Even on air, with fairly sane voltages for benchmarking, their flexibility and high level of tweak-ability are not only nice to have but REQUIRED if you take this side of computing seriously. The sticks are as rare as their user, making their scarcity a non-issue to me, but I AM disappointed since my kit does not have my name or "TechPowerUp" inscribed onto the PCB, right under its part number :p. Maybe Avexir can do so with their next kit! Need help getting your kit set up? Let me know!