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Review: Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP 2x8GB DDR3-1600MHz CL9 1.35v

Published by Christian Ney on 19.12.12 (39117 reads)
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About four months ago, we reviewed no less than four Crucial DDR3-1866 and DDR3-1600 memory kits and we noticed that all of them share the same, highly overclockable Micron ICs. This got us thinking whether or not it is possible to have a similar experience using their brand new Ballistix Sport VLP modules, which hit the market exactly one month ago.

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The modules name already tells what the main feature of these modules is going to be. The shortcut VLP stands for "Very Low Profile" and we have to say, these modules, they indeed feature a very low profile form factor. Not only the height of these modules is low, the rated voltage has also been lowered compared to today's standard. The Ballistix Sport VLP series only need 1.35v.
The Ballistix Sport VLP are available in single, dual, tri and quad channel kits with a capacity per module of 4 or 8GB.

Manufacturer Crucial
Series Ballistix Sport VLP
Part Number BLS2C8G3D1609ES2LX0CEU
Type DDR3
Capacity 16 GB (2 x 8GB)
Frequency 1'600 MHz
Timings 9-9-9-24
VDIMM 1.35 Volt
Registred/Unbuffered Unbuffered
Cooling Passive Heatspreader
Waranty Lifetime warranty
Package Type Plastic Blister

The kit we are having a look at today is the dual channel 16 GB one. The rated frequency isn't extraordinary with timings at 9-9-9-24 but they do so at only 1.35v, which is quite an achievement for 4Gb chips. From all the 2x8GB kits we tested there is only the HyperX DDR3-2133 MHz from Kingston based on Hynix's MFR that managed to surprise us overclocking wise. Let's hope Crucial changes that!

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Published: 2013/5/5 18:50  Updated: 2013/5/6 8:17
 Crucial Ballistix Tactical 2x8GB
Hello, first I'd like to state that your memory reviews are one of the very best/detailed I have seen. I'd like to ask you to include Crucial Ballistix Tactical 2x8GB kit into your testing. According to several reviews they have more OC potential than Ballistix Sport VLP tested here and are low voltage/low profile. I am very interested into your findings before I buy them. Thanks in advance.
Published: 2013/5/6 8:20  Updated: 2013/5/6 8:20
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From: Zürich CH
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 Re: Crucial Ballistix Tactical 2x8GB
Thank you. We appreciate, that you like our memory reviews We'll see what we can do. So far, we're planning on publishing another "batch" of memory reviews this summer, after Haswell has been released. It is our intention to do future memory reviews based on Haswell setups, since we have hopes that Haswell's IMC is a bit better than the one you can find with Ivy Bridge.
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