EXTERIOR AND DESIGN
Both the Sport VLP (Very Low Profile) and Tactical LP (Low Profile) modules are quite stylish. The green Sport’s are definitely ‘VLP’. They are smaller than the Tactical LP’s, more along the size of a nail file which is astounding to say the least. Of the two though, the Tactical LP’s looks much better – like a steam-punk styled heatsink design:
Between the two, the Sport VLP’s are a tad smaller than the Tactical LP’s:
The size difference is massive when comparing them to the Patriot Viper Xtreme modules. Keep in mind that both the Sport VLP and Tactical LP sticks come in 16GB and 32GB kits (same respective module dimensions as well!):
As CPU heatsinks get bigger and bigger (I am looking at you Noctua), they start taking up the RAM slot area. Both of the Ballsitix LP sticks were extremely easy to install in my system that uses the Cooler Master Hyper 212+; in contrast, the same cannot be said for the Patriot Viper Xtreme’s that graced those slots prior, as the last stick to go nearest to the CPU cooler always gave me the hardest time.
The aluminum heat-spreaders on both have an open-air design covering eight sets of dual-sided IC chips along the PCB. Not only does this provide better cooling, but also allows for low-profile design. Unlike the Tactical LP’s which have perforated fins, the Sport VLP’s have no extension above the aluminum heat-spreaders, but they are more spartan and airy than the Tactical LP modules: