Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 PC3-12800 6GB kit

Conclusion

Conclusion

Crucial have once again put in a solid performance being the only kit managing an amazing 6-6-6 latencies. With timings like those, one might think these modules were the spawn of the devil and when my Vista install corrupted I certainly thought so but the angelic overclocking experience put paid to that. Not only can the kit manage much lower latencies than stock but they can also obtain a very respectable overclock in bandwidth.

The packaging of the product is very good with all the key info provided on both the anti-static sleeves and on the modules themselves. The overall packaging is enough to ensure the modules reach you in perfect condition but I would perhaps have liked to have a little more thought to the packages exterior rather than a plain cardboard box. A minor point but a point nonetheless.

The overall performance against the other kits on test today was very good. Coming second to the Mushkin kit was no real hardship considering the Mushkins were running at lower latencies than the Ballistix and despite this the Ballistix still managed to beat the Mushkins on occasion.

The light show the Ballistix put on for the end user is a great little feature and certainly makes the memory kit come alive in that sense but I do worry about one thing, the price. At £250, this kit is over £100 more than some of the other kits on test which may be enough to sway your loyalty to another brand, especially if all you intend to do with the sticks is run them at stock. If however, you intend to overclock the memory (and let's face it, who would buy Ballistix if they didn't?), then this kit is for you. Sure the price is high and if that price was just for the flashing lights then I would give this product a miss. However, the Ballistix Tracer can back up the pretty light show with extreme performance, low latencies and matching colour scheme. In that sense Crucial have achieved exactly what they set out to do. Provide an overclocking set of memory that not only performs well but looks damn good doing it too.

The Good
- Overclocking
- Colour co-ordination
- LED lights

The Mediocre
- Bland packaging

The Poor
- The Price



Thanks to Crucial for providing the Ballistix for todays review. Discuss in our forums.
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12-03-2009, 15:50:35

JN
"We were very impressed with the last Crucial kit we reviewed so here's hoping for a repeat performance. See how we get on in our latest DDR3 review." - by W3bbo

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...190201366s.jpg

Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 PC3-12800 6GB kit

12-03-2009, 16:06:02

themcman1
They look nice.

Would prefer them in red though.

Jim - get some to match your bloodrage.

12-03-2009, 16:32:55

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='themcman1'
They look nice.

Would prefer them in red though.

Jim - get some to match your bloodrage.
These or the Corsair GT's are on my list for sure

12-03-2009, 16:43:10

zak4994
Oh crap Jim now has to choose between Dominator GT or these. Both are good so go for the performance ones lol.

For aesthetics then this is the way to go.

Bit pricey tho'.

12-03-2009, 16:55:11

nunzio
I ordered a set of the DDR2 for my AM2 system on monday, so as long as they preform as nicely as this lot I will be happy.. and the LEDs look so great.

12-03-2009, 17:00:40

HafMaster
Too bad that the chips don't have red led's instead of the green.

The red would be perfect for your case!

Do I see another mod happening here?

12-03-2009, 17:26:46

Bungral
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='HafMaster'
Too bad that the chips don't have red led's instead of the green.

The red would be perfect for your case!

Do I see another mod happening here?
Give him a month

12-03-2009, 17:32:51

JN
Haha even I know my limits. Unsoldering those tiny LED's using a gas soldering iron is NOT a good idea

12-03-2009, 19:30:47

nepas
I hope the lights on these are not as bright as on my DDR2 sticks,these buggers light up the whole bloody room!!

12-03-2009, 19:45:12

HypoglossalXII
Daaayumm. Those are amazing.

Fixed taa - jim

-HypoG

12-03-2009, 22:15:01

HafMaster
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Jim'
Haha even I know my limits. Unsoldering those tiny LED's using a gas soldering iron is NOT a good idea
Just keep a fan running on it. It will be OK.

13-03-2009, 04:29:26

w3bbo

One can only assume that the different coloured heatsinks (Red, Blue and Green) would be matched by the same colour LED's but don't quote me on that.



By that I meant that red would have red led's, blue would have blue. I would like to think so anyway.

19-03-2009, 07:27:43

Lynx
They look good in lellow

When i go i7

These are noted!

20-03-2009, 05:09:47

premiumgfx
I still think Patriot's Viper Series Heatspreaders looks better than gimmicky LEDs. What do they do to help the memory perform better?

20-03-2009, 06:24:06

Lynx
They dont, they help the theme of your build

They perform well and look good.
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