The performance of what this memory is capable surpasses many DDR3 memories at standard settings and easily out-performs most DDR3 setup for benchmarking given capacity. DDR3 memory is becoming a greater performance update and is showing gains in gaming. Sure the small fps gain doesn’t exactly make people jump out for any DD3 memory, but that’s because games are not yet fully created with a newer memory in mind. At the moment, money is more useful for the enthusiasts (most of whom play games like maniacs) when buying CPUs and GPUs. If you’re into serious operations, transcodes, encodes, and composites, memory plays a major role and putting money well spent on the Crucial DDR3 PC3-8500 RAM is a great start. Having it in mind for a high end system is even better.