Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1866 8GB Kit

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Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1866 8GB Kit
Specifications and Features
Let the Benchmarks Begin
Benchmarks Continue
Final Conclusion

Product: Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR3-1866 8GB Kit
Provided By: Crucial
Price: $67.99 MSRP at Publication (Shop Crucial RAM here)


Today we have some DDR3 ram modules from Crucial on our test bench. Crucial - if you haven't heard of them - has come a long way in the memory market and as they are a division of Micron, they have been one of the pioneers in the memory market. They are a serious contender in the memory market, even if they don't have the highest-clocked modules around.  If you are not familiar with their products or just want to know more about them, check out their website.

The samples they have sent us are the Crucial Ballistix Elite Series DDR3 PC-3 14900 @ 1866MHz. This kit features 2×4GB that have 9-9-9-27 1T timings @ 1.5Volts. This is achieved via the XMP (eXtreme Memory Performance) profile on Intel systems.  If you use this memory on an AMD-based system, you may have to specify the XMP settings in the BIOS.  By default, they will default to a JEDEC standard also listed in the memory's SPD.

Package Front Package Rear

First Impression:

Crucial packaged their ram as you would expect - in a plastic clam shell.  Once you open the clam shell you will find that both modules are in a molded plastic tray.  The molded tray snaps out for easy access to memory sticks and did a great job of protecting them during shipping.  The first thing I noticed once I have removed the memory from the clam shell was that Crucial did use high quality aluminum in the heat-spreader.  In fact, a module of the Crucial Ballistix Elite series memory is about twice as heavy as the Corsair Vengeance memory I was using.

Elite Pile Front & Back

On the next page, we'll cover the specifications and features before we jump into testing.