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

Ballistix Memory Overview Display Utility

You probably have been thinking how Crucial shows the temperatures of your RAM, right? Well, since they added a thermal sensor to the PCB this will be the first time you'll be able to monitor your DIMMs from your screen. Crucial recently launched the MOD Utility which is a very simple application with 32 & 64 bit Windows OSs support which shows the SPD Data and temperatures of your memory installed.

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The first menu shows you the SPD DATA of your DIMMs. While this should work with any other memory kit we didn't tested it as there are many other applications for that purpose. It will let you choose any module installed on your motherboard slots and show the JEDEC and XMP information along with the capacity and model's number. As you can see the application is very basic, and it doesn't show the command rate, but it's still in BETA phase so Crucial has some time to debug and optimize it. One thing I might like would be to have a small/miniature mode because right now the software takes a big portion of your screen.

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The second tab shows the temperatures per DIMM. It shows a little graph per slot (where a DIMM is installed) and you can even log the temperature every interval of time to a file.

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Finally, the settings tab is where you can select your temperature's unit (Celsius and Fahrenheit), and the update intervals of the chart and file's log. The "About" Tab shows the info of the creators and current version of the utility installed. That's pretty much what Crucial is offering as an extra value for this kit, and they say they aren't charging extra money for it.



 

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# 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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