Introduction & Specs
When it comes to PC Memory, Crucial are one of those companies that every man and his dog will have heard of. With roots stemming from Micron Technology - an OEM memory manufacturer with almost 30 years under its belt, there is no question that Crucial modules are designed by some of the most experienced engineers in the industry. More information on Crucial's history can be found over on their website
, but here's a snippet of the best bits:
For nearly three decades, Micron has learned that when you make some of the very best memory in the world, lots of companies want it, from computer makers to wireless device manufacturers to printer producers. (And we're really glad that they do!)
But then Micron asked, well, what about the end user? What about the everyday folks who want to upgrade their existing systems with OEM-quality memory — the home desktop user, the IT network guy, the student notebook user? Why don't we offer our memory to the public, at factory-direct pricing?
So in 1996, Micron responded to a growing demand for high-quality memory upgrades among end users who wanted the best possible performance from their systems. Micron launched Crucial Technology in September of that year, and for the first time, end users had the opportunity to buy directly from the manufacturer the same memory modules bought by the world's major OEMs for original installation in their systems.
Back in April 2007, Overclock3D was fortunate enough to test Crucial's high-end DDR2 based PC2-8500 Ballistix
kit. Showing extremely good performance combined with no-nonsense looks, the kit managed to obtain our Recommended
award. This certainly wasn't the first time we'd been impressed by the Ballistix either. Rewind a further 6 months back in the history of Overclock3D memory reviews and we come to the Ballistix PC2-6400 kit that left our labs with both Editors Choice
and Value for Money
Today we're back once again, but this time taking a look at Crucial's latest DDR3 Ballistix kit. With a stock speed of PC3-12800 and default timings of 8-8-8-24, the kit may not sound anything special when compared to some of the top-end kits by other manufacturers. However, our experience of previous Ballistix kits tells us to reserve our judgements until after the testing. So with this in mind let's take a look at some of the vital stats of these modules from Crucial's website
What is Ballistix memory?
The Ballistix line is specifically built for performance enthusiasts who want to push the performance envelope without worrying about data loss or corruption, mysterious intermittent errors and display problems, or worse — the dreaded BSOD! The Ballistix line of high-performance memory modules features advanced speed grades, low latencies, and integrated aluminum heat spreaders.
# Module Size: 2GB kit (1GBx2)
# Package: Ballistix 240-pin DIMM
# Feature: DDR3 PC3-12800
# Specs: DDR3 PC3-12800 • 8-8-8-24 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1600 • 1.8V • 128Meg x 64
I have to say that I was pretty disappointed by the information available for these modules. It seems that Crucial's website has recently undergone a face-lift and some of the vital information such as warranty duration/terms have not been included. In addition, many other manufacturers also list the maximum voltage that can be used on their modules without risk of voiding the warranty. By omitting this information, Crucial could well be turning a way a large portion of the overclocking crowd.