Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 2GB DDR3 Kit

Conclusion

Conclusion
 
Crucial have always had a reputation for memory that works straight out of the box and the Ballistix PC3-12800 kit is certainly no different. Unlike a few of the DDR3 kits we've tested recently the Ballistix was 100% stable at stock speeds without the need to tweak any memory sub-timings or voltages, and I'm pleased to say that we managed to get through the whole review without pulling our hair out once!
 
It has to be said that the stock 8-8-8-24 timings of the kit are quite loose by the standards of many other DDR3 kits on the market. However this certainly seemed to give us a lot of headroom during tweaking with the modules managing extremely tight 6-6-6-12 timings at 2.1v. This is actually the tightest latency we've managed to get out of any DDR3 kit so far on OC3D  and should certainly raise a few eyebrows among the "DDR3 latency" critics.
 
Unfortunately, overclocking the modules didn't yield quite as impressive results with the modules topping out at DDR3-1820. While a bump of 110mhz over the stock speed certainly isn't anything to be sniffed at, it does fall slightly short of other PC3-12800 kits we've tested in the past that have almost managed to break DDR3-2000.
 
Back on the upside, the Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 kit is available at many retailers for the highly respectable sum of £154. While this is still a fair bit higher than your average 2GB DDR2 kit, it's certainly more within the reach of the average overclocker.
 
Komplett - Overclock3D Recommended Retailer
 
 
The Good
• Memory rock solid at stock settings.
• Managed very tight 6-6-6-12 timings at DDR3-1600
• Packaging ensures safe arrival of your purchase.
 
The Mediocre
• Reasonable overclock to DDR3-1820.
 
The Bad
• Nothing to report.
 
 
Overclock3D Recommended Award
 
 
Thanks to Crucial for making this review possible. Discuss this review in our forums.
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24-01-2008, 04:58:31

JN
"Crucial Ballistix DDR2 kits have always been a favourite among overclockers. Today we'll be reviewing the DDR3 incarnation to see if they are worthy of the Ballistix name."

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24-01-2008, 06:39:52

SuB
nice review

its worth noting that crucial's DDR2 kits now come with the same style heatspreader, no clips and only stuck on (requiring blow torch to remove)

i've got the 8500DDR2 ballistix kit and they look identical to these except for the DDR3 bit on the logo

also the 8500 review cannot be found on the front page under memory Quote

24-01-2008, 06:42:49

Ham
Im slowly becoming a crucial fan i think... These look well good.

Fantastic write up jimbo Quote
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