Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1608 Memory ReviewRJR - September 16, 2010
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The Crucial Ballistix line of RAM has been widely known and favored by performance enthusiasts for quite some time now. The kit being reviewed is a 4GB kit rated at DDR3-1600 frequency with 8-8-8-24 timings at 1.65v. This kit also contains an Intel XMP profile for easily setting the rated frequency of 1600 MHz from within the BIOS.
This Ballistix RAM brings something new to the memory table, with the addition of an integrated thermal sensor for real time thermal monitoring. All that is needed is a small download of the M.O.D. (Memory Overview Display) utility from the Crucial Website to be able to monitor the thermal performance of your RAM in a graph and also a table format (when enabled) in real time.
We will check out the thermal monitoring along with the performance of the BL2KIT25664FN1608 kit to access what this kit has to offer at both stock and overclocked profiles.
The packaging is just your standard plastic sealed blister pack. The accompanying cardboard face includes the statements "High-Performance Memory", "Premium Memory" and "Limited Lifetime Warranty". The back states, "Crucial Ballistix high-performance memory is engineered specifically for gaming enthusiasts and system modders. Featuring advanced speed grades, low latencies, and sleek integrated heat spreaders". In the center is a very brief illustrated memory installation tutorial.
This memory, BL2KIT25664FN1608, is rated to run at 1600 MHz with a timing of 8-8-8-24 @ 1.65v, so, not bad for today's DDR3 memory offerings. The memory has a high profile aluminum heat spreader that should be capable of removing excess heat to keep this RAM running cool, and now that it also includes an integrated thermal sensor it will be very easy to find out.
Let's take a look at how this memory performs, and whether it lives up to the Ballistix name.