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. When overclocked though, we have a mixed bag of results depending on which benchmark you look at.
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. It can be considered a solid start for the new format, but holds room for improvement. It would have been nice to see the memory being offered at CL7-7-7, as it can easily manage the advertised speed at these settings.
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. On the other end, 1152MHz were achieved at CL5 without any voltage adjustment!
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 adjusting., Blue LEDs look amazing!
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 . The original OCZ memory that is already in the PC is excellent memory and it will be very interesting to see how the Crucial Ballistix compares.
Pros: Lower latency than some other competing RAM, LED “tracers”, excellent overclock ability.
Summary: While there are already faster DDR3 kits on the market, the Ballistix 2GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit from is definitely up there, and is the fastest to land at Bigbruin.com so far. To be honest, the idea of 1600MHz memory intimidated me, and before the review started I was unsure how things would go.
Pros: » Blazing fast, » Tight timings, » Crucial's traditional quality, reliability, and warranty; in an overclocking DDR3 kit, » Have to assume your system won't need a memory upgrade for a long time, » New heatspreader design looks good and makes great contact with all memory chips
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. This could be due to the fact that Crucial are a division of Micron, so they get the best of the Micron D9 chips to use in their DIMMS!
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.