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Crucial ballistix tactical tracer - Review

 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:46 pm Post subject: No icon Crucial ballistix tactical tracer - Review Reply with quote
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Just got these delivered (3 days early! yay for amazon!) - I paid £33.05 for the 4GB set - Very good value!
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First impressions:

The ram was well packaged in an easy to open package, no scissors required to open.
It feels very premium, the heat spreaders go well with my motherboard and other components in my case.

Fitting:

Although it looks low profile I had an issue installing in the slot closest to my Arctic cooling freezer 7 pro CPU cooler. It would probably fit at a push but i didn't want to risk the spreaders coming off as I had read that this was possible in an amazon review.
In the other slots it fitted fine, with a small amount of force.

Operation:

At default the modules run at 1300mhz. I enabled the XMP profile in my bios to get them to 1600mhz they are advertised at. I further pushed them to 1866mhz by tweaking the multiplier slightly still using the XMP profile and they run very nicely at this speed with 10-10-10-28 timings. Could probably tighten these a bit but im not very good with ram timing overclocking so will probably leave it at that.

Performance:

Compared to the Kingston HyperX Genesis and also Corsair Vengeance DDR3 I had been using in this board they are on par with a slightly lower latency.

Appearance:

I love the LED's. The tracer series is the only ram that has activity LED's on them. You can see what they do in this video (Might want to turn the volume down if you do not like hard dance music):


There are 4 patterns for the lights and you can also pick the colour too. My set is blue and orange LED's but they are also available with red and green LED's too.

The heat spreaders are gunmetal grey with a camouflage look to them.

Overall I am very happy with this ram. It seems stable and my computer has not had one BSOD or crash since installing it.
I would recommend to anyone who has a side panel on their case and wants something to make it unique!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:02 pm Post subject: No icon Re: Crucial ballistix tactical tracer - Review Reply with quote
Aaaand the kicker is:

One of the orange LED's was faulty so I contacted crucial for RMA.

Unfortunately they no longer make the 2GB modules... So they apologised, and exchanged them for 2x 4GB modules!

Cannot believe my luck! Nice one Crucial!

8GB for just over £33... cracking deal if I do say so myself.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 10:30 pm Post subject: No icon Re: Crucial ballistix tactical tracer - Review Reply with quote
That was a fu***** load of luck I think, well mindfactory gave me a lot of nothing but showed me a real bad ass costumer service...
The end of the stick is that I could not use my pc for gaming for months...

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