Excerpt: Crucial is the consumer-focused memory brand behind Micron Technologies, which has been pumping out memory for nearly 35 years. While more modest in size compared to other memory giants, Crucial can still pump out some impressive, fairly priced memory for all needs and tastes, including the DDR2...
Excerpt: A system is only as strong as its weakest link, and in many cases (no pun intended) RAM is that weak link. Pairing slow memory with a fast CPU and GPU is going to cause you to lose out of some potential performance.
Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 DDR3 Dual Channel 4GB Memory Video Review
26 April 2013
Summary: The Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 DDR3 Dual Channel 4GB Memory performs very well. It has a speed of 1600MHz, latency of 8-8-8-24 and is 1.65 volts. The orange/silver heatspreader looks excellent and since this memory is of normal dimension it will not interfere with CPU coolers.
Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 DDR3 Dual Channel 4GB Memory with Thermal Sensor Video Review
26 April 2013
Summary: If you're in the market for DDR3 dual channel memory that performs very well, is reliable and compatible, the Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 DDR3 Dual Channel 4GB Memory might just be what you are looking for. This memory also comes with Crucial's new heatspreader and a thermal sensor.
Summary: Crucial has always tried to differentiate the brand and its products from the fierce competition. They managed to do so with the Tracer series and the thermal sensor on the latest Ballistix are certainly a nice touch as well.
Pros: Manages well over 2300 MHz with CL10, Temperature sensor included, Software monitoring utility, Great quality, Can do 1866 MHz at CL8, Runs 1866 MHz CL9 at standard voltage - 1.5V, Some headroom at CL9, cracked 2000 MHz, Lifetime warranty
Cons: Does not like high voltage settings, On the expensive end of the price spectrum, Will require an Intel i7 8XX series for the 2:12 divider to reach the speed, Simple packaging
Summary: Because there is a lot of system tweaking that goes along with clocking up memory to non-standard speeds, we haven't included a lot of "real world" benchmarks. Often, in order to get the memory to run at speeds other than 1066MHz, 1333MHz, or 1600MHz, the motherboard bus and CPU must be clocked up...
Pros: Awesome custom lighting, Software monitoring of DDR3 temperatures!, XMP profile, Decent overclocking kit at CL9
Cons: Doesn't overclock much at CL8, Only 2GB sticks available currently
Conclusion: Conclusion [COLOR=#000000] Crucial have done it again by releasing a product that ticks almost every box. This memory gives something unique to the design by offering up the patented Ballistix heatspreaders and Tracer LED features, but this time with an improvement as the functionality has been...
Conclusion: The performance of the Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2133 at default BIOS AUTO settings (DDR3-1333) was pretty good, but nothing to shout about. That's because the memory modules was not running at the optimised settings.