Crucial Ballistix 1600mhz & MOD Review
Test Setup, Overclocking and Software
Intel Core i7 875K @ 3.6GHz
ASUS Maximum Extreme III
Windows 7 Ultimate 64
4GB Crucial Ballistix MOD
This kit is a bit more of a proof of concept or technical demonstration than something that is designed to be an overclocking beast. So it proved with our overclocking. One of the big problems with the 1.65v limit on the current generation of Intel chips is that when you have some RAM like this, which is pretty much at the limit of the chips ability for the price, you can't really eke any more out of it. It's a far cry from the MOAR VOLTS days.
Despite this we did manage to bump it from the standard 800MHz to 873MHz. We all know how well RAM responds to even the slightest increase in speed and how much difference it can make to your system, so even this mild overclock should give us good results.
This is really the main event. As technical journalists and hardware reviewers we've seen dozens of programs that can give you all the information you could want, so we weren't exactly bowled over by yet another.
However the important thing isn't really this software as such, it's what is going on behind the scenes. This Ballistix comes with a built-in temperature sensor that is a royalty-free open-source addition to the JEDEC standard. In laymans terms this could be genesis for the way all chip temperature monitoring will be done in future.
Anything that helps provide easy comparisons across a wide range of hardware is something that we most definitely want.