Summary: Just as with the kit we looked at back in July, the Ballistix Smart Tracer 6GB (3x2GB) PC3-12800 kit is very stable and offers solid performance. Based on our testing, it outperforms several other kits with the same or slightly better specifications.
Pros: » XMP profile for 8-8-8-24 timings at 1600MHz, » Thermal sensors and customizable lights give you added bang-for-your-buck, » Moderately priced compared to kits with similar specifications, » Limited lifetime warranty
Cons: » Packaging takes some brute force to get open, » Innovations don't do anything for memory performance
Conclusion: I have to say ... what a difference 2Gb of memory actually makes.Thanks to Crucial, my little netbook has sprung to life! I'm now able to run several applications simultaneously with limited amount of lag or waiting time.
Summary: The Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1600 MHz CL8 kit is the company's only offering of the new memory standard at the moment, which is aimed at the enthusiast. There are slower, standard variants available, but no faster ones.
Pros: Manages 1600 MHz CL7-7-7-15, Lot of room up to 1944 MHz CL8-8-8-20 at 2.0V, Runs at CL5-5-5-10 and 1333 MHz with ease., Lifetime warranty, Environmently friendly packaging, Compact heatspreaders, Sticks also sold seperately
Cons: Pricey, Currently only this one model available, SPD progamming holds three weird settings., Stickers do not hold any usable information, Other brands run at 7-7-7-18 at same speed.
Summary: Crucial has once again succeeded in producing a set of special edition memory that truly tailors to the PC enthusiast on all levels. While this kit is rated to run at 2.2V, it easily managed to run at the rated 800 MHz and CL4 timings at only 1.8V.
Pros: Enormous potential for overclocking, reaching speeds of 1152 MHz at CL5 timings and stock 2.2V., Broad spectrum of stable settings regarding memory clock and timings without adjusting voltage., Stable overclock increases linearly with more voltage., Great for motherboards with limited voltage adj...
Cons: No sticker indicating rated settings., Limited edition (availability)., Only available through Newegg and thus unavailable to those outside the U.S., Slight premium in price over similarly rated RAM on the market currently.
Excerpt: Today I will be upgrading a computer system from 2GB to 4GB, but I will also be testing the same PC using the original 2GB OCZ PC2-6400 and comparing it to the Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 2GB LED kit .
Pros: Lower latency than some other competing RAM, LED “tracers”, excellent overclock ability.
Summary: The Ballistix Tracer PC2-6400 modules are another great example of the fine Crucial memory products. Not only do these modules look fantastic, both in and out of your computer, but they have more than enough overclocking potential to please even the most hardcore overclockers.
Pros: Very high clock speed, Loads of overclocking headroom., Good performance, Timings can be tightened a lot
Cons: Sticker on modules does not show the recommended frequency, timings or voltage., Lots of excess heat is produced, which can impede overclocking.
Excerpt: First in our series of DDR2 memory reviews, we will look at Crucial Technology's DDR2 offerings in the form of the Ballistix PC-8000 2GB memory kit. So what is Ballistix memory? The Ballistix line is specifically built for performance enthusiasts who want to push the performance envelope without...