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|Memory Speed||1600 MHz|
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Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) UDIMM 240-Pin Memory - BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
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- Integrated Aluminum heat spreader
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|Capacity||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||32 GB||8 GB|
|RAM Size||8 GB||8 GB||8 GB||64 GB||32 GB||4 GB|
|Item Dimensions||0.44 x 7 x 5 in||4.5 x 13 x 0.1 in||1.63 x 5.2 x 0.3 in||3.94 x 3.94 x 3.94 in||0.28 x 5.32 x 2.17 in||0.1 x 5.25 x 1.42 in|
|Memory Clock Speed||1,600 MHz||1,600 MHz||1,600 MHz||1,600 MHz||3,333 MHz||1,600 MHz|
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|Memory Storage Capacity||4 GB||8 GB||4 GB||8 GB||8 GB||4 GB|
|Number of Items||2||1||1||2||4||1|
|Number of Pins||240||240||240||240||288||240|
|RAM Technology||DDR3 1600||DDR3 1800||DDR3 1600||DDR3||DDR3 2133||DDR3|
|Size||8GB Kit (4GBx2)||8GB Kit (2 x 4GB)||8 Gb||8 Gb||—||8GB Kit (4GBx2)|
|RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||DDR3 SDRAM|
Crucial Ballistix Sport is a 8GB kit consisting of (2) 4GB DDR3 modules that operates at speeds up to 1600 MT/s and has a CL9 latency with extended timings of 9-9-9-24. It is Performance and is non-ECC. It conforms to the industry standard UDIMM layout of 240 pins and is compatible with computers that take DDR3 UDIMM memory. The new Crucial Ballistix Sport Series is designed for mainstream users and enthusiasts. A simple, slick heat spreader delivers thermal performance along with standard timings and voltages, making this reliable, quality module ideal for maximum stability and compatibility. With industry -standard specifications, little or no BIOS configuration is required. That means this product installs easily, so you can get up and going / gaming quickly. Available in both DDR2 and DDR3 in the most common and popular speeds and densities, you’ll be sure to find a product that suits your needs.
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I decided to get 2 additional modules of 4GB each or total of 8GB. I almost purchased the Corsair Vengeance because of its popularity. But then I read how some users had fit and clearance issues with the Vengeance due to its size. To avoid that problem, I went with these Crucial Ballistix 2x4 GB modules.
Upon opening my desktop PC tower to install the Crucial RAM sticks, I was glad that I went with these Ballistix. They are the same height as the original RAM modules, and there is not much clearance. I removed the original 2x2 GB modules (already 6 years old) and put them in the slots that have been open since purchase. Then I inserted the Ballistix in their place to have them closest to the CPU. Installation was very easy and quick. Afterward, I verified that the system now recognizes that total RAM is now 12 GB (new 8G + original 4G).
It has been two weeks since I installed the Ballistix modules. So far no more crashes. Also everything just seems much quicker than before, especially when I have multiple applications running at the same time.
Very glad I purchased this item. I should have done this sooner.
I run these sticks rock-solid at DDR 2133. When I tried DDR 2400 I could boot but would freeze or restart during games (I'm too afraid to increase voltage to overclock more). My ASRock Z77 Extreme4 perfectly recognized these modules and set the correct CL, TCL, etc. timing perfectly. For my previous (but 4-5 year old) G.Skill sticks I had to manually input the timings.
I used to have a 6 DIMM slot motherboard that had 6 sticks of 2gb RAM for a total of 12 GB. My new motherboard only had 4 slots, so then I could only have 8 GB. Playing Grand Theft Auto V used up almost all of my RAM and caused the game to stutter severely (this doesn't register in frames per second as measured by Precision X or FRAPS). Upgrading to this RAM allows me to play GTAV without running out of RAM. The most mem use has been 10.1 GB.
A nice side benefit is that it reduced heat compared to my previous setup as it has half as many modules and better airflow.
Cons: There are no cons that I can see, except that my next motherboard will probably require DDR4, but I'm not upgrading for at least a couple years.
Other Thoughts: I tested these at different speeds using a TF2 benchmark, which is ideal since this old game is not tied as much to graphics. Here are the results (I tested at 2133 twice):
2639 frames 30.650 seconds 86.10 fps (11.61 ms/f) 3.462 fps variability
2639 frames 30.124 seconds 87.61 fps (11.41 ms/f) 3.637 fps variability
2639 frames 30.211 seconds 87.35 fps (11.45 ms/f) 3.618 fps variability
2639 frames 29.676 seconds 88.93 fps (11.25 ms/f) 3.794 fps variability
Again though, 2400 wasn't stable so I stick to 2133. I never tried tweaking the voltage.
So the marginal improvements in FPS based on the above are as follows:
Edit: Bought even more ram, but Chrome is still not satisfied. Must sacrifice firstborn so I can buy more ram. Joking aside, this is some very good ram. I can see lots of reviews for the 1600 mhz ddr3 Kingston for about three dollars more, but I don't understand why so many people would pay for ram that is essentially worse. This ram is made by Crucial (already a plus there) and it has basically the same specs as the Kingston ram, the difference being that this Crucial ram has lower latency than the Kingston (CAS 9 vs CAS 10). The only reason I could see people would buy the Kingston ram is because it has the barebones ram almost completely covered by the heatsink, compared to this ram, where it only partially covers the ram; In other words, for the looks.
But Crucial seems to be one of the top, possibly the best, RAM manufacturer, and they did a great job with this application. Crucial has a good reputation, and they very well may be worth their higher prices.
For some reason, Crucial's own site doesn't indicate the 16 GB (4x4GB) kit for the Optiplex 980, but they do list the 8 GB (2x4B) kit, even though they know it's supposed to be able to handle 16 GB. This worried me a bit, but it also made my curious. So I decided to order the 16 GB (4x4GB) kit and see if it works. And it works great! My computer is able to recognize all 16 GB, and it runs good with no problems.
The Optiplex 980, and possibly others or maybe any Intel Core i3/i5/i7, cannot use 4-rank memory. It MUST be 2-rank or single-rank. Luckily, the Ballistix Sport 4x4GB kit is 2-rank, or 2Rx8.
It is also possible for it to vary by build date. My computer was built in early March 2011.
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And for the ignorant "anti 2nd Amndmnt": blame the person, not the g u n.