The product: The Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red modules are dominated by a shiny red heat spreader made from aluminum. On the edge of the heat spreader, there's a metal edge with a ruff structure.
The same structure is seen on the Crucial logo placed in the middle of the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red modules.
Whether you like the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red design or not is a matter of taste - but undersigned thinks it looks very cool. But no matter what it's different and striking. When the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red modules are installed in the motherboard they don't look any bit less striking.
At the top of the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red modules, a row of LED's have been placed, which lights up depending on how much stress the modules are experiencing.
At the bottom of the modules there's a few LED's too, lighting up the RAM sockets and most of the surrounding motherboard.
The red LED's is pretty powerful and provides a bright red light. There's no doubt that the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red modules have a very distinct look. But at the same time, the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red modules looks and feels like quality. But all this doesn't matter if they don't perform well.
Overclocking: Now we've reached the part of the review where we're about to test the performance of the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red modules. But before looking at the performance in various software, we'll find out how much the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red modules can be stressed. This is done to add the results to the test later.
To stress the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red modules and thereby find their overclocking potential, the timing is reduced a little, making them run at 5-5-5-15 T2 instead of the stock 4-4-4-12-T2. After a couple of tries and after raising the Northbridge voltage on the motherboard, it was possible to get a lot more MHz from the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red modules.
As the graph reveals it was possible to raise the frequency to 1100MHz which is 300MHz more than the stated stock frequency. But if you go higher than 1100MHz, they give up, even after raising their voltage. The 1100MHz was reached at 5-5-5-15-T2 at 2.2v, so it's safe to say that the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red modules have a big overclock potential.
Tightening the timings was tried as well but this resulted in unstable performance.