Crucial Ballistix Finned DDR3-1600

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Crucial Ballistix Finned DDR3-1600
Test Setup and Software
Benchmarking the Ballistix Temp Kit

Product: Crucial Ballistix Finned DDR3-1600 4GB Kit
Provided By: Crucial

Price: N/A at time of publication



Crucial is no stranger to the memory industry.  They've been around long enough earn the respect of the community.  They've also been around long enough to learn from their mistakes.  They've had a few issues over the years with some bad batches of DDR2, but their DDR3 memory seems to be a bit stronger.  Today we are looking at a brand-new DDR3-1600 CL8 4GB kit that has some upgraded heat spreaders.

This kit features 2x 2GB sticks that have 8-8-8-24 2T timings at 1.65v and while that doesn't appear to be all that exciting, the new finned Ballistix modules from Crucial throw an interesting twist into the bag by including software-capable temperature monitoring on their modules.  We'll take a look at the memory, the software and see how well they stack up in a couple of light benchmarks.

 Ballistix Package


First Impressions:

At first glance, you notice that this memory has much beefier heat spreaders that other Crucial memory.  In fact, previous Crucial Ballistix memory has had very thin aluminum heat spreaders that - although they look good - are thin enough not to hold much heat.  They also can get quite warm during normal operation unless you have good airflow in your case.  These heat spreaders are quite heavy and offer much greater thermal dissipation properties - are pimped out with a flashy logo on the front and are all business in the back - sort of a reverse mullet if you will.

Front Side
Front Side
Front And Back
Front & Back


Specs & Info:

While there isn't that much information on this memory at the moment, our testing and analysis has revealed these few details.

BL25664FN1608.16FF Modules

  • Module Size: 4GB kit (2GBx2)
  • Package: Ballistix  240-pin DIMM (with fins)
  • Feature: DDR3 PC3-12800
  • Specs: DDR3 PC3-12800 • 8-8-8-24 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1600 • 1.65V • 256Meg x 64


Close Up

On the next page we'll take a look at the test setup and the software before we jump into testing.