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Hambone
12-14-06, 06:42 PM
I was really thinking about ordering this kit. I can't find anything negative about them. The two reviews I found were very positive.

Just looking for a pat on the back. :)

Crucial Ballistix 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820146563

review:
http://hardware.gamershell.com/articles/crucial_ballistics_pc2_8000_c5_2gb/

Stoneyguy
12-14-06, 06:48 PM
Be careful with the 2.2 volt requirement. Other then that, it looks like awesome memory.

stevemedes
12-14-06, 07:38 PM
That's the RAM I just got! Well I got the Ballistix Tracers, same RAM, different heatspreader and comes with LED's.

Heres a thread about this ram at xtremesystems.org
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=124985

People with P5B deluxes have this RAM running fine despite the 2.2v requirement.

This RAM comes with D9GMH chips so it is very good for overclocking. My thoughts on this is that its awesome RAM. :captnkill:

Hambone
12-15-06, 06:11 AM
Thanks.

I really can't find anyone complaining about them dying or arriving DOA except from those that are overclocking them.

Well, I ordered a Gigabyte DS3 and an E6600 as well. Hopefully that memory well just post the MOBO and run at it's rated specs w/o issue. I plan on OC'ing the E6600 a lot but not the RAM for now.


edit: I ordered one of these to go with the memory just to be safe...
EVERCOOL NEON CRAB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835119011





Other reading I found:

http://www.tweak3d.net/review/memory/crucial-ballistix-pc2-8000-ddr2_4

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1124804&highlight=BL2KIT12864AA1005

http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1127603

centvalny
12-15-06, 03:48 PM
One thing about this ram is...It really performed well with a good N680i board. I didn't try with other board though. Plus the price comparo with other DDR2 1000 2GB.

HeavyH20
12-15-06, 04:32 PM
I have the Crucial DDR2-1000. It runs fine at spec and at 1066 (1:1, linked) with the 5-5-5-15, 2T timings, but, I found it better at 850 or so with 4-4-4-12, 1T timings.

On the 680i board, in Expert mode for the memory settings, the memory OC's pretty much spot on. It does error a bit to loose timings, but it gives a nice starting point and even detects the right voltage (2.2).

Hambone
12-15-06, 05:15 PM
Hey HeavyH20,

I might just go ahead and go with the EVGA 680i board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813188009

I still two weeks away from rebuilding so I have a bit of time to think about it. I read some comments about the chips on this memory not being very well liked by the Gigabyte DS3 boards. If I have to go up to a PB5 (deluxe-ish), I might as well drop a bit more and get the EVGA 680i. The biggest problem that anyone seems to have is with the RAID controller, and I don't use RAID arrays.

The only other thing...

I know about the issue with some 2.2v RAM causing the system not to start (on a new board which defaults to 1.8v -- in which case the solution is to jump start the system with a cheap 1.8v stick and up the voltage in the BIOS). I don't have any other DDR2, so I'm wondering what the odds would be of the system starting if I got that board. :)

When you put this memory in was the board new or did you have existing RAM and the opportunity to up the vDIMM beforehand?

DvST8
12-17-06, 01:03 AM
I got the Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR2-1000 with my Evga 680i and Evga 8800 about a week ago from Newegg, I read about the voltage it defaulted to 1.9v and I haven't had to change it. It's running great at 995 MHz.

I'm going to try and push the new CPU and ram more next week when I have off for the holidays.

I think to price went up some since last week also, Think I got mine for around $275.

stevemedes
12-17-06, 01:32 AM
I got the Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR2-1000 with my Evga 680i and Evga 8800 about a week ago from Newegg, I read about the voltage it defaulted to 1.9v and I haven't had to change it. It's running great at 995 MHz.

I'm going to try and push the new CPU and ram more next week when I have off for the holidays.

I think to price went up some since last week also, Think I got mine for around $275.

its rated at 2.2, you should increase the vdimm to 2.2 and o/c it and post your results here! ;)

HeavyH20
12-17-06, 01:37 AM
There is some posting issues with DDR2 on some boards. Mostly, I found those were the 975 or 965 based boards. The 680i started right up. I just posted into the BIOS, set the memory to Expert which the Ballistix supports, and restarted. Works like a champ.

If you want a board that is easy to OC, reliable, and has very good BIOS controls, I would say the 680i is a great choice. I have two, both with Crucial RAM, and on air, the 6600 OC'd to 3.6 Ghz with ease.

I do not run RAID, so I cannot confirm or deny any issues with that.