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Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800 (1600MHz) 6GB Kit

By: Shawn Baker | DDR-3 Memory in RAM | Posted: May 13, 2010 2:26 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Crucial



Out of the box the Crucial modules aren't anything spectacular or mind blowing; we don't mean that in a negative way. There's just no denying that a 1600MHz DDR kit that carries with it an 8-8-8-24-1T setup is something very standard in today's DDR3 memory world.




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While they might not be anything too fancy, we didn't expect to run into any problems when it comes to achieving the stock clocks. And not to our surprise, they ran like a charm at the default settings.


As always, we have the need; the need for speed. When it came to overclocking the kit honestly went a lot better than I thought it would. At first I thought I would leave the CPU at the default BCLK and adjust the memory divider so that the memory went to 2000MHz. No dice, though! A 400MHz DDR overclock was probably a bit too hopeful.




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Instead we dropped the BCLK down and started working our way up to see what we could achieve. Slowly but surely we increased our BCLK which increased our memory clock. Eventually we ended up on a surprising 195BCLK that resulted in our memory running at 1954MHz DDR; less then 50MHz DDR shy of that 2000MHz DDR mark we had dreamed about.


Important Editor Note: Our maximum overclocking result is the best result we managed in our limited time of testing the memory. Due to time constraints we weren't able to tweak the motherboard to the absolute maximum and find the highest possible FSB, as this could take days to find properly. We do however spend at least a few hours overclocking every motherboard to try and find the highest possible overclock in that time frame. You may or may not be able to overclock higher if you spend more time tweaking, or as new BIOS updates are released. "Burn-in" time might also come into play if you believe in that.


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