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Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1608 Memory Review

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Thermal Monitoring:

This is something new for memory modules - an integrated thermal sensor for real-time temperature monitoring. The utility software associated with this new sensor can be downloaded from Crucial's Website. It is a very small and light utility that is still in the Beta stage of development, so I'm sure it will only get better with time. This utility is called M.O.D. which stands for Memory Overview Display.

The first screen that is displayed is the SPD Data screen. This gives you some basic memory module information: Device Type, Capacity, Part Number, Banks, Ranks and Memory Bus Width. This screen also displays JEDEC Timing information and XMP Profile Data. This screen doesn't show any real time memory speed or timing information like CPU-Z or some of the other utilities enthusiasts crave, but who knows what may be included in the future versions of this utility.













The second screen gives you module temperature readings in a real-time graph format with the option of also logging your results to a file. You also have the option to open the log file and to delete the log from this screen.



The next screen is just the settings option screen. You can adjust the temperature display to Celsius or Fahrenheit, the chart update rate and the file update rate. You also have the option to log to file, open log and delete log from this screen as well as the previous one.



The last screen is just the utility revision and links to the Crucial Ballistix and Crucial Forum websites. Also included is a program update link.



Now that we have gone through the MOD utility and you have a better idea of what it entails, we overclocked the memory to 1800 MHz and then ran Prime95 Blend for an hour to see the highest temperatures I could obtain with this memory. The memory was in a sealed Lancool PC-K60 case with all fans at default speeds and an ambient temperature of 26 degrees Celcius. The memory reached a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius. The thermal spec for DDR3 memory (without the extended high heat specification) is 85 degrees Celsius, so, as you can see you have a lot of thermal headroom in an Intel based computer.



Okay, let's test this RAM and see how it performs.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Thermal Monitoring
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: PCMark Vantage, Si Soft Sandra 2010
  6. Testing: Geekbench 2.1, Super PI 1.5
  7. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  8. Conclusion
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