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At home I like to keep busy and have for many years stripped down computers, repaired damaged ones and just built new ones to pass time.. Having used a variety of different products from several hardware manufacturers including the ram I must say I was pleasantly surprised to see the results of my new Crucial Ballistix!
Having purchased from Dabs a couple of weeks back it cost me around £40 with delivery, which really is saving the old penny's. Having not really used much crucial memory in my systems before I was unsure as to what the results would really be like.
The installation was smooth and hassle free, the system booted and recognised the new memory straight away and immediately the boot up time had increased probably 5x faster than before. As soon as the OS loaded the system was ready to be used within a couple of seconds of log-on, applications load almost instantly, games run smoothly and also load fairly quick, multi-tasking really is seamless. A lot of systems this days are built with either 2 or 4 GB ram so to have a huge 8GB across two blocks creates much more potential for any system.
The ram is actually advertised as been designed for a high demanding user, i.e music producer, graphical designer etc or for gamers due to the high demand in resource, Crucial proclaim that with the integrated heat spreader this memory really is designed for optimal performance.
All I can say on the matter is so far so good, having run around 15 applications at once im still left with over 3.5GB of RAM available which leaves my new build running fine...
If you do serious work with your PC, like picture or video editing or encoding, chances are you have had problems caused by a lack of RAM. You can easily check this in the Task Manager in Windows (CRTL+ALT+DELETE). If your used RAM is above 75% most of the time, you don't have enough RAM.
Luckily, with the current pricing of RAM, you can buy 4, 8 or even 16 gigabytes of RAM for very little money. I bought this package of 2x 4GB 2000Mhz DDR3 RAM by Crucial.
After installing it in my PC, I immediately noticed the time it took for my system to boot up was shortened. Great! When I tried to fully load the RAM, I had a really hard time with it. I opened multiple big pictures in Adbobe Photohop CS5, some HD video files in Cyberlink Powerdirector 10, but still I had only used 60% of all the RAM. Scrolling through pictures and seeking through video files was also very fast, it felt very responsive. This is probably due to this RAM being DDR3 and on top of that being 2000Mhz, which is high, even for DDR3 RAM.
This RAM is great, I can multitask a lot better now on my system. RAM is a cheap way to give your PC a boost, so go ahead! But before you buy anything, check if your motherboard supports the RAM you're buying! You can check this on the site of your motherboard manufacturer.
After recently building a new home pc i decided to use a different manufacturer for my RAM memory. I had a look around online and came across the 'Crucial Ballistix 4 GB DDR3 2000Hz (x2) for a total of 8gb of RAM for only £98.88! I couldn't help myself but to give them a try.
After arriving a few days later i unboxed them. Both being securely wrapped in a plastic bag lined with bubble wrap; then securely held in place by a white foam mould to stop them from being damaged in transit. They also came with a help guide, warranty numbers and information and also a minimum and recommend system and hard ware requirements documentation. There was also a driver installation CD for use depending on your system configuration.
I performed a test with this using Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium. The system took to the new hardware and booted up speedy and faster than i thought (On a fresh installation). I installed several Adobe software licences including "Photoshop CS5 extended edition, Dreamweaver CS4 and director." I also tried out installing "Pinnacle studio ultimate 15 and Sony Vegas 10" as these also take up large amounts of memory to run. The system its self was using a 500gb HDD so storage space wasn't an issue.
I managed to run all 3 of those adobe products without fuss, and this included using the software, browsing for files, saving files and using other various system tools such as iTunes and Norton 360 insight scan. Which again take up system resources.
I decided to try and push the system to its limits and push the ram to see how far it would stretch. I managed to have World of Warcraft running, command and conquer, iTunes and photoshop running and still no crashes!! I was amazed at how much this Ballistix could take. My computer is one of the fastest i have used and is a no wait no fuss computer at the moment in my opinion.
The technology behind it is DDR3 SDRAM using a form factor of DIMM 240-pin, The maximum memory being 2 x 4gb giving a 8gb total RAM Size running at a memory speed of 2000Hz (PC3-16000).
I still haven't had any issues with the computer since the ram has been installed, i've had 2 friends that have used it with 2 separate major motherboards different to mine and they have no trouble, so all major mother boards will be compatible with this product.
If you want a RAM drive that's going to majorly speed up your computer and give it truly 'Ballistix' speed and endurance then i highly recommend this product. Its a must have if your building your own system or merely just upgrading to a bigger RAM size. This is a must HAVE. However i will say, only get this if you are going to be pushing your computer to the limits e.g. for gamers, video editors developers, photo editors ect.