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 DDR3 Final Thoughts

Crucial is taking an interesting step for enthusiasts with their BL2KIT25664FN1608 kit. After this kit, upcoming products could all have the thermal sensor and that makes you feel satisfied since you'll have the possibility to monitor your RAM temperatures in a window on your screen, practically the same way you do with the rest of the HW sensors. Then, the real question is: Do you really need to monitor your RAM temperatures? Why is it that necessary?

In order to answer that question I think first we should think about system stability. If RAM overheating caused system instability there wouldn't be other way than lowering voltage or adding a fan over the RAM. Lowering voltage could also cause instability and that would become to an endless cycle. I can imagine that kind of situations in small cases with reduced airflow, like the mITX based ones, but in mid-tower or bigger cases it would be really difficult to suffer RAM overheating. Most probably you will have heat problems in your CPU or GPU than in your RAM. That's why RAM thermal monitoring isn't as important at the moment.

The second profile I could imagine to love this new extra would be Overclockers. While overclocking, voltage and temperature are key values to achieve the maximum frequency. Since we can manipulate and monitor voltage within the BIOS, the only factor remaining would be temperature. Anyway, it's most likely you won't over-voltage your memory without a good CPU-Heatsink, and nowadays many heat sinks cool the whole socket area and not only the CPU. More important, overclockers won't add voltage if the integrated circuits in the memory manufacturing don't support it and less if the kit won't overclock well even with higher voltages and lower temperatures.

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This kit proved not to be interesting for overclocking, so thermal sensor isn't really necessary, but before I close my final thoughts with this sentence please remember this is their first thermal-sensor equipped kit. That means this product will work more like a pilot than a released product, and the MOD Utility is still in BETA phase. In some months, we could see some interesting and very overclockable Crucial kits with integrated thermal sensors and there is where the fun will be.

Let´s summarize all the results and head to the conclusions of this article.



 

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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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