Crucial Smart Ballistix 4GB DDR3-1600 Kit

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Crucial Smart Ballistix 4GB DDR3-1600 Kit
Test Setup and Software
Benchmarks and Lights

Product: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB DDR3-1600
Provided By: Crucial
Price: $90.99 At Time of Publication

 

Introduction:

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 offers a bit of "Alien Technology" in terms of lighting, control and monitoring.

This kit features 2x 2GB sticks that have 8-8-8-24 1T timings at 1.65v (XMP Ready) and while that doesn't appear to be all that exciting, the new Smart Ballistix modules from Crucial throw an interesting twist into the bag by including software-capable temperature monitoring, lighting control and even usage monitoring.  We'll take a look at the memory as well as the software and see how pretty it is in action.

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First Impressions:

At first glance you may think we stepped back a few years to the original Crucial Ballistix Tracer Memory.  This memory takes a step backwards from the "Finned Ballistix" memory we looked at back in June 2010.  Although this memory kit we are looking at today isn't as beefy when it comes to the heatspreaders, we'll see on the following pages why this is a good thing and what this memory has to offer.  I do like the color and style of the Ballistix Smart Tracer and they seem to run cool enough with these thinner heatspreaders to be safe.  If they get too hot, there are also some options as we'll find out on the next page.

 

 

Specs & Info:

While there isn't that much information on this memory at the moment we have posted some of the relevant information below.  Make sure you head on over to the product page at Crucial's site for all the details.

BL2KIT25664ST1608OB Modules

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

 

The Ballistix Smart Tracer features activity-indicating LEDs on the top edge and ground-effect LEDs along the bottom. Add to it the downloadable MOD utility, and you get the real-time temperature monitoring-and more!

Play with even more bling-customized by you. These Smart Tracer modules are available in either Blue/Orange or Red/Green LED color combinations that you can manipulate in real time, switching up the color options. In addition, select from four different LED patterns, adjust brightness, or turn the LEDs on/off. All of this can be done on-the-fly! Turn on the lights — and turn up your performance — with Ballistix Smart Tracer memory.

 

Lined Up

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