Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2x2GB DDR3 10666 Reviewccokeman - November 19, 2008
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That time in the past where the need for system memory of less than a gigabyte has come and gone and is but a distant memory. Welcome to the now where operating systems can make use of 4 gigabytes or more of system memory. The Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 PC3 10600 modules deliver performance with a little extra bling for the guys and gals who like to show off the innards of their system. In my testing I found the Crucial modules superior to all of the modules I have tested to date. The only weak spot was the memory bandwidth and 1024x768 gaming score, this was however a small enough difference that in day to day operation you would never see at the performance differential. The tight timings do help with the performance of these modules. Even though some of the comparison modules are running tighter timings they come close but do not deliver the same performance. When it came time to overclock the modules they yielded almost another 200MHz on top of the 666MHz stock speeds. That folks is a 30 percent increase in clock speed. To get there required loosening the timings but the modules still contributed heavily to the significant improvement in performance. The flashing LEDs are actually a little mesmerizing when you are tired but the blue LEDs to light the dimm sockets just takes a little of the luster away from the flashing green and red LEDs on the top of the modules. At 1.9 volts the heatspreaders really never even got warm to the touch. Coming in at $199 dollars the pricing is comparable to other high performance DDR3 kits. But most of them don't come as a cas 6 set. These Ballistix Tracer Modules from Crucial offer excellent performance, good looks and the ability to push the clock speeds to get that last level of performance from your system.
- 6-6-6-20 Timings
- 1.8 volts for tight timings
- Overclocks well
- Blue LEDs detract from the Tracer Image