Thursday, June 3rd 2010

Lexar Announces Crucial Ballistix Memory Modules with Thermal Sensor

Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced Crucial Ballistix high-performance memory modules with thermal sensor and temperature-monitoring utility, encased in a radically redesigned and more effective heat spreader. The thermal sensor and monitoring utility allow PC enthusiasts to view memory module temperature in real time, a major benefit for overclockers and enthusiast users constantly battling against excessive system heat. Additionally, the new Crucial Ballistix modules feature a redesigned "finned" heat spreader design that reduces memory module temperature by up to 30% more than the current Crucial Ballistix design. The new Crucial Ballistix modules are initially available exclusively at popular online retailer Newegg.com.

"Ask any PC enthusiast and they'll tell you that system heat is a constant concern," said Crucial Ballistix senior product manager, Jeremy Mortenson. "Our new Crucial Ballistix memory modules offer two incredibly effective tools in memory cooling: thermal sensors for temperature monitoring, and an improved heat spreader design."

Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 Unbuffered DIMMs with thermal sensor are designed for enthusiasts, overclockers, modders, and high-end computer builders. The temperature-monitoring utility allows users to view their memory module temperature in real time, a significant benefit for enthusiasts familiar with the dangers of excessive system heat. The temperature-monitoring utility is available for download at Crucial.com at no cost to customers purchasing the Crucial Ballistix modules with thermal sensor. The monitoring utility is designed specifically for — and is compatible with — the newest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors on the Intel chipsets.

The modules come with a radically redesigned heat spreader design to improve thermal performance along with reliability, stability, and style. Across the top of the module are 32 "fins" designed to increase surface temperature. The design has been proven in thermal testing to cool the memory module by up to 30% more than the current Ballistix heat spreader design. The memory includes an XMP Profile for easy setup and configuration, and comes in popular 4GB kits (2 x 2GB). The product part number is BL2KIT25664FN1608. All Crucial Ballistix memory modules come with a limited lifetime warranty.

Initially, Crucial Ballistix modules with thermal sensor are available exclusively at popular online retailer Newegg.com, and are expected to be available beginning in July through select partners and online at www.crucial.com.
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10 Comments on Lexar Announces Crucial Ballistix Memory Modules with Thermal Sensor

#1
Mussels
Moderprator
how do you read the temps?
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kaosII
by: Mussels
how do you read the temps?
The temperature-monitoring utility allows users to view their memory module temperature in real time, a significant benefit for enthusiasts familiar with the dangers of excessive system heat. The temperature-monitoring utility is available for download at Crucial.com at no cost to customers purchasing the Crucial Ballistix modules with thermal sensor. The monitoring utility is designed specifically for — and is compatible with — the newest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors on the Intel chipsets.
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Mussels
Moderprator
yeah but how does the software magically read from the memory chips? Its not like the DDR3 standard just automagically supports temp reading of the modules...

there must be some wire hookup to USB or something.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
agreed or it comes with a p[robe or something
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#6
overclocking101
who knows maybe a certain dram reviewer on the forums here (ahem me) may already have a set of these to test out. :D cant post results yet but soon as the word comes through I will, just got them 2 days ago. they say a few weeks time I should be able to show some stuff.
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#7
kenkickr
According to this the i5/i7 board chipset must support XMP.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Mussels
yeah but how does the software magically read from the memory chips? Its not like the DDR3 standard just automagically supports temp reading of the modules...

there must be some wire hookup to USB or something.
The memory chips have thermal diodes, duh.

Crucial (Micron Technology) makes its own memory chips.
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overclocking101
by: kenkickr
According to this the i5/i7 board chipset must support XMP.
?? almost every P55/X58 board supports XMP so why would that make a difference???
by: btarunr
The memory chips have thermal diodes, duh.

Crucial (Micron Technology) makes its own memory chips.
Yep thermal diodes just like cpu's and gpu's have.

by: Delta6326
very cool
Just wait until I can post some testing results! got word today that soon I can release some "teasr" pics! wont be long guys.
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