Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1608 Memory Kit E-mail
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Written by Servando Silva   
Monday, 28 June 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1608 Memory Kit
Crucial Ballistix Features
Closer Look: Crucial Ballistix DDR3
Crucial Ballistix SPD
Ballistix MOD Utility
RAM Testing Methodology
Benchmark Tests Results
Application Performance Results
Overclocking
Crucial Ballistix DDR3 Final Thoughts
BL2KIT25664FN1608 Conclusion

Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1608 SPD

The Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1608 kit comes with 3 programmed JEDECs and one XMP profile. Those JEDECs have very low frequencies and relaxed timings to ensure motherboard's support at 1.5 volts. The XMP works at a rated 1600MHz frequency and 8-8-8-24-2T timings. Benchmark Reviews will test if this kit works at 1T command rate and how low does voltage can go without losing stability. Have a look at the CPU-Z SPD section.

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Additionally, I always like to add a picture of CPU Tweaker since it reports a more complete list of timings and it confirms the readings obtained with CPU-Z.

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Our first test is to check the memory will work at default settings to detect if any DIMM comes broken or damaged. I set Memtest 4 to cover all unused RAM and test it for 2-3 hours until it passes 100% just to check for any errors. I first thought one DIMM was damaged since I couldn't boot easily even with stock settings. Every time I tried to boot, I had to turn the machine off and turn it on again until it POSTed. Anyway, when I managed to get to the OS the memory showed 0 signs of instability, and I tried any benchmarks just to confirm it was stable.

I did a BIOS update to the most recent1706 version for the ASUS Maximus III Formula but it didn't solve the problem. Finally, I thought it was a cold boot problem. Yes...if you have suffered cold boot problems with any kind of hardware, it seems this kit had it also. That would be a very BAD step for Crucial with their first thermal-sensor-equipped kit, and it was getting to obvious. Any time I started the PC I had to wait until the memory get passed a certain temperature to boot up, which didn't take more than 30 seconds, but the bug was still there.

When I was almost ready to write this against the product it suddenly stopped. I have been using this kit for several days now without having any problems when booting and I didn't changed anything at the BIOS. Maybe this was a coincidence or a BETA kit, but again, the kit is working 100% stable without problems and there are little chances to experience something similar to what happened to me.

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Memtest 4.1 has been running for 3 hours testing all unused RAM. At 116% coverage it doesn´t shows any errors yet.



 

Comments 

 
# RE: Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1608 Memory KitDavid Ramsey 2010-06-28 20:40
I worry about the temperature of my processor; the temperature of my GPUs, and even the temperature of my chipset. I never worry about the temperature of my memory, and have yet to see any evidence that any memory cooling setups serve any function other than aesthetics. I'm hypocritical enough to want flashy-looking RAM while acknowledging that bare chips would work just as well.
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# RE: RE: Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1608 Memory KitServando Silva 2010-06-28 21:20
That was my point at the final thoughts and the reason it didn't scored high at the end.
Actually, now that you've mentioned it David, as far as I remember memory heat sinks started some years ago with the purpose of hiding the ICs of each memory. I always took them away and added a fan. That worked much better than a plain metallic bar. I can't really see something useful unless for those curious about their whole system. I've never heard of heat problems with RAM yet (unless overclocking).
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# RE: Crucial Ballistix BL2KIT25664FN1608 Memory KitDavid Ramsey 2010-06-29 07:07
Sorry, I was responding to the Crucial rep's assertion that PC enthusiasts claim that system heat is a "constant concern." It is...for some components.
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# PffftJames Jowers 2011-09-02 17:30
What the heck!
I'm looking to read more about your Crucial ram with the lights and when I click on a hyper link to read more it's a friggen Intel comercial???
What are you trying to sell here your ram or intel???
I'm shopping for ram and I don't want to see a comercial for another company's product!
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