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I was in search of some cheap RAM for a budget build I was working on when I came across the Kingston value RAM range. This is incredibly cheap RAM so I decided to purchase the 12GB package, this comes in 3 RAM sticks each of 4GB and they each have a speed of 1066MHz. I ordered this on amazon for £52 which is an incredible price for 12GB so of course I did have my doubts about how this RAM would work.
It came packaged very poorly it was in plastic sleeves which were slightly bigger than the RAM sticks themselves, this meant that the sticks were moving around inside the packaging and the pins on the bottom could of easily been damaged. Overall I wasn't happy with the packaging but I wasn't that surprised given the price, so just a thought for anyone looking to buy this range just remember that the packaging is poor and there is a good possibility that the pins on the bottom may become damaged in transaction.
Installing this was easy I just pushed the sticks into the DIMM slots on the motherboard, clipping them in place to ensure that they were installed correctly. I booted the computer and expected them to work relatively well, this was not the case. After a couple of hours of running this was I was actually starting to get frustrated with this kit, it wasn't running great and actually struggling in some areas.
The big noticeable area was gaming this struggled with most of the games that I played on it, they were high end games but they just couldn't cope with the load that was being piled onto them. After just a couple of hours of use I took them out and sent them back, the work load of the sticks was poor and my vengeance 8GB ran far better than this 12GB.
Overall I would not recommend this product it just doesn't have what it takes to run a modern computer, I think that half of the problem this RAM had was the fact that it did not come with a heat spreader installed on the sticks. The RAM did seem to run hot and that could have been half the problem this kit had. I think if you are looking to buy cheap RAM then you should definitely go with a better range and less memory overall, this will ensure that you have good RAM which will be able to cope with anything you throw at it. This kit although cheap just failed to impress me in every area from un-packaging right through to testing.