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Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1600MHz 4GB review

Not the Ballistix missiles overclockers may be hoping for...

Our Verdict

If you are looking for a stable memory kit which you can tweak slightly and monitor the thermal dynamics as you do it, then this is the kit for you, want serious overclocking potential then look to Crucial's competitor's or other modules in the Ballistix range.

For

  • Decent price
  • Thermal monitoring built in

Against

  • High voltage requirement to run at stock speed
  • Limited overclocking potential

Crucial's Ballistix range of high performance DDR3 memory modules are well known amongst the overclocking fraternity offering faster clock speeds and lower latencies and in some instances fancy LED displays, than the standard Crucial product range.

The latest addition to the family line-up, is a 4GB memory kit of DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) modules, carrying the part number Ballistix BL2Kit25664FN1608 if you want the full nomenclature.

The new modules also bring a change in module design to the product line and a new feature which some overclockers will find very useful.

The small discrete heatsink covers found on the rest of the Ballistix range have been replaced by the high profile finned heat spreaders favoured by most of Crucial's competitors on their high performance memory modules.

The new modules have also been fitted with a thermal sensor which when used in conjunction with Crucial's new Ballistix MOD software utility (downloadable from Crucial's website) allows real time monitoring of the modules temperature on your desktop.

Tech Specs

Product TypeRAM Module
Product FamilyBallistix
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Memory Size4 GB
Brand NameCrucial
Form FactorDIMM
Memory Speed1600 MHz
Error CheckingNon-ECC
Number of Pins240-pin
Signal ProcessingUnbuffered
Width30 mm
Length133.4 mm
ManufacturerCrucial
Product ModelBL2KIT25664BN1608
Product NameBallistix BL2KIT25664BN1608 4GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module
Product LineBallistix
Manufacturer Part NumberBL2KIT25664BN1608
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.crucial.com
Marketing Information

The Ballistix line is specifically built for performance enthusiasts who want to push the performance envelope without worrying about data loss or corruption, mysterious intermittent errors and display problems, or worse the dreaded BSOD. The Ballistix line of high-performance memory modules features advanced speed grades, low latencies, and integrated aluminum heat spreaders.

Number of Modules2 x 2 GB