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I am afraid that my ballistix my be overheating at its stock 2.2v

I say this because I get random freezes in game and sometimes in windows which reults in me having to restart manually.

Is this a symptom of RAM overheating or being faulty.

I have kinda rules out my CPU oc because i ran 3Ghz with 1.5 V Core to check and still had the problem.

I did run 1 pass on memtest86+ on each module which game me no errors, so then, could it be my ram overheating.


Testing 2.1v 800Mhz as we speak.
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post #2 of 11
They melt. Or splode.

ITS OVER 9000!

No but seriously, too much voltage will fry them, or cause insane corruption which will render them unusable.
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post #3 of 11
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Well I dont consider the default reccomended to be too much but maybe these modules cannot take it 24/7.

I have just played a few rounds of cod4 at 2.1v 8800Mhz 4-4-4-12 without a freeze.

Time to employ my brother to play COH for a few hours.
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post #4 of 11
IMHO Crucial rates the voltage too high on their modules for the quality of heat dissapation that they put on them. Mine have always run stable, but warm yes. Perhaps this is why I keep blowing D9GMH ICs at the stock 2.20V.

I have noted on both all 3 sets of Ballistix I've had in the last year that the heat tape and spreaders tend to pull away from the ICs over time. There is pressure from the clip at the top, but no clip or pressure at the bottom where the tape pulls away from the IC....uneven heat dissapation....hotspots...=dead RAM.

Perhaps everyone could take out their Ballistix for a moment and take a look at how the heat spreader and TIM underneath looks. Every module that I've had uses TIM tape and clips instead of an epoxy.

Hey Crucial....can we get better heat sinks please????
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2.1v 8800Mhz 4-4-4-12 .
wow that some ram 8800mhz
post #6 of 11
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LOL!

800Mhz*

Well, at 2.1v 800Mhz 4-4-4-12, I have had no crashes whereas I would have done before hand.

Also I have that antec spot 2 cool fan on the modules so there is a high amount of airflow on the dimms.

Lol.... looks like I may no longer be running my RAM at 1066Mhz then

Oh well, back to 800Mhz 4-4-4-12 for me.
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post #7 of 11
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Hmmm.... they work no probs now at 2.1v 800Mhz 3-3-3-10.

If this is an issue with the heat spreaders then I may RMA them, sell em and buy a 4GB kit of Corsair Dominators.
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I remember it was in an article that if RAM goes even 1C over their thermal spec, they consume twice as much power. Can't tell ya where I read it though, I don't remember. Seems like it was our Crucial rep...
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It has a low chance that it will overheat but its very unlikely since RAM can handle much more higher temps then a CPU.
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I like my ram timmings . Does real good folding. ITs at 1:1 so its around 760MHz so I can tighten up the timmings. THey do get hot though. but if they die thats what RMAs are for
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