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Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR3-1866

Posted June 15, 2012 by James Baranski (Drdeath) in RAM







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by James Baranski (Drdeath)
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As of late, we have seen plenty of memory introductions with Intel’s X79 and Z77 platform buzzing along. The X79 platform supports Sandy Bridge “E” processors in quad channel and the Z77 platform supports both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors in dual channel. We have seen memory speeds easily surpass 2400MHz and inklings of up to 2800MHz which to say the least, is mind boggling. It is safe to say bandwidth is at a premium with the addition of PCIe 3.0, USB 3.0 and oh yes, SATA III 6G.

Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors use socket 1155 but this will be history as Intel will continue their next evolution named Haswell using LGA 1150. Quad channel memory seems to be the target as the Z77 platform (dual channel memory) seems to be at its bandwidth limit (or somewhat close).

Crucial has been manufacturing quality memory modules for nearly 15 years. They are also well known for manufacturing Solid State Drives and USB Flash Drives. The Ballistix name has also been around for some time and is associated with great quality without breaking the bank. Today, we have Crucial’s 16GB Ballistix 1866MHz memory modules on the test bench so let’s see what they bring for the X79 platform.



    Masi Q

    Read your review I own this ram and the voltage is not limited to 1.5v that depends on your motherboard I have these running at 2400mhz on my rampage iv extreme with 1.6v perhaps writing proper reviews would be great. Or bean clear perhaps you mean voltage is limited because of warranty and it is voided if over locked? Either way your review is incorrect in other key areas.


      We ran the modules up to 1.7 volts masi. The Modules had a problem. It happens with hardware even review samples. We report what we test and we test hundreds of memory modules at Pure Overclock and get the highest overclocks on review samples over the world FYI.


      if you dont know how to overclock then try it on an old sytsem first. dont do it on your primary desktop. overclocking is done based on the sytsem. some motherboards allow it and others dont.


    Plus we ran it on the X79 platform if you look a bit closer. FYI, if you ran them on IvyBridge they have a re worked IMC (internal memory controller) and get higher frequencies.

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