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Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1608 Memory Review

RJR    -   September 16, 2010
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Conclusion:

This set of Crucial Ballistix memory modules, rated at DDR3-1600 running at 8-8-8-24 with 1.65v, is on par with the other memory modules we put it up against. The thing that makes this set stand out is the introduction of the integrated thermal sensor. We can debate as to the benefits of the thermal sensor on this particular set of memory, but the fact is that Crucial has made the first move with its introduction and we are glad to see its existence. Only time will tell as to where Crucial, and possibly other memory manufactures, will go with this technology but it ought to be fun watching its evolution.

The overclocking ability of this set of memory was a little disappointing, but still was able to reach 1800 MHz with the stock rated timings of 8-8-8-24. You get an extra 200 MHz of headroom to work with, so all in all, it's not that bad. The memory runs quite cool with the high profile extruded aluminum heat spreaders. The maximum temperature we were able to obtain, while running Prime95 Blend for an hour, was 44 degrees Celsius. That means no worries at all, about even coming close to overheating these memory modules, since the thermal specification is 85 degrees Celsius.

These may not be the best overclocking set we have ever reviewed, but these memory modules still have their strong points with some headroom and the inclusion of the integrated thermal sensors that make this set still a worthy buy.

 

 

Pros:

  • Integrated Thermal Sensor
  • Good performance
  • High profile aluminum heat spreaders
  • MOD utility to monitor memory temperatures

 

Cons:

  • Limited overclocking headroom
  • Unable to run with 1T command rate


 

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  2. Closer Look: Thermal Monitoring
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: PCMark Vantage, Si Soft Sandra 2010
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