How Does CMIL (Crucial Memory Integrity Labs) Ensure Ballistix™ Products Meet Specifications?

crucial testing process A basic overview of CMIL's test methodology

What has CMIL done to make sure Ballistix products operate at the published speed ratings? Here's a brief overview of the Ballistix product line test process.

We test each individual component through rigorous procedures using advanced DRAM test equipment, and that's before we even put them on module! From there, each individual module undergoes various electrical and synthetic tests. Finally, 100% of our modules are tested on some of the latest motherboards and chipsets deemed capable of running at the rated specifications.

Keep in mind that many more boards and systems are fully compatible with Ballistix and will work just fine. If you are not sure, use our system selector or scanner to verify compatibility. Also be sure to read about the nature of Ballistix.

Whereas the methodology may change over time, the following sections illustrate how we currently perform testing.

Ballistix DDR3
Module performance is verified by testing each Ballistix DDR3 DIMM in the motherboards shown in the table below. The modules are tested in pairs at the front side bus (FSB) speeds specified for each module type. In addition, the chipset, CPU, and BIOS revisions are listed for each motherboard setup.

Motherboard & processor information*

Motherboard Type Chipset Processor BIOS DDR3-2000 2.00V DDR3-1800 1.65V DDR3-1800 1.90V DDR3-1600 1.80V
        BL2KIT12864BN2009
BL12864BN2009
BL3KIT25664BN1808
BL25664BN1808
BL2KIT12864BE1808
BL12864BE1808
BL2KIT25664BE1608
BL25664BE1608
BL2KIT12864BE1608
BL12864BE1608
        Note: EPP SPD Profile for nVidia Chipsets Note: XMP SPD Profile for Intel Chipsets Note: EPP SPD Profile for nVidia Chipsets Note: EPP SPD Profile for nVidia Chipsets
ASUS
RAMPAGE EXTREME
X48 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 1201    
ASUS
MAXIMUS EXTREME
X38 C2 DUO 2.33GHZ 1104      
ASUS
P5E3 DELUXE
X38 3.0GHZ C2D E6850 1412      
ASUS
P5E3 PREMIUM
X48 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 704      
ASUS
P5K3 DELUXE/
WIFI
P35 3.0GHZ C2D E6850 1205      
ASUS
STRIKER II EXTREME
NFORCE 790I 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 1104  
ASUS
P5Q3 DELUXE
P45 C2Q 2.66GHZ Q9450 1406      
ASUS
M4A79T DELUXE
790FX 2.6 GHZ QUAD CORE 503      
ASUS
P6T DELUXE
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 1003    
ASUS
RAMPAGE II EXTREME
X58 3.2GHZ CI7 965 EX 705    
DFI
UT X58-T3eH8
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 LX58D217    
EVGA
NFORCE 790I SLI FTW
NFORCE 790I C2Q 2.66GHZ Q9400 SZ10    
EVGA
132-CK-NF79
NFORCE 790I 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 P08
EVGA
X58 SLI CLASSIFIED
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 SZ27    
FOXCONN
RENAISSANCE
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 853F1P10      
GIGABYTE
GA-X38T-DQ6
X38 EXPRESS 3.0GHZ C2D E6850 F7G      
GIGABYTE
GA-P35T-DQ6
P35 EXPRESS C2 DUO 1.86GHZ F7A      
GIGABYTE
EP45T-EXTREME
P45 C2Q 2.83GHZ Q9550 F4      
GIGABYTE
GA-EP45T-DS3R
P45 C2Q 2.83GHZ Q9550 F2      
GIGABYTE
GA-MA790XT-UD4P
790X 2.6 GHZ QUAD CORE F3      
GIGABYTE
EX58-EXTREME
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 F2    
MSI
X48 PLATINUM
X48 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 2.3      
MSI
P45 DIAMOND
P45 C2Q 2.66GHZ Q9450 1      
MSI
X58 PLATINUM
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 1.3      
XFX
MB-N790-IUL9
NFORCE 790I 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 P07  

Motherboard Type Chipset Processor BIOS DDR3-1600 1.80V DDR3-1600 1.65V DDR3-1333 1.80V DDR3-1333 1.65V
        BL2KIT25664BA1608
BL25664BA1608 BL2KIT12864BA1608
BL12864BA1608
BL3KIT25664BN1608
BL3KIT25664TB1608
BL3KIT25664TG1608
BL3KIT25664TN1608
BL3KIT25664TR1608
BL25664BN1608
BL25664TB1608
BL25664TG1608
BL25664TN1608
BL25664TR1608
BL3KIT12864BN1608
BL3KIT12864TB1608
BL3KIT12864TG1608
BL3KIT12864TN1608
BL3KIT12864TR1608
BL12864BN1608
BL12864TB1608
BL12864TG1608
BL12864TN1608
BL12864TR1608
BL2KIT25664BA1336
BL2KIT25664TA1336
BL25664BA1336
BL25664TA1336
BL2KIT12864BA1336
BL2KIT12864TA1337
BL12864BA1336
BL12864TA1336
BL3KIT25664BN1337
BL3KIT25664TB1337
BL3KIT25664TG1337
BL3KIT25664TN1337 BL3KIT25664TR1337
BL25664BN1337
BL25664TB1337
BL25664TG1337
BL25664TN1337
BL25664TR1337
BL3KIT12864BN1337
BL3KIT12864TB1337
BL3KIT12864TG1337
BL3KIT12864TN1337
BL3KIT12864TR1337
BL12864BN1337
BL12864TB1337
BL12864TG1337
BL12864TN1337
BL12864TR1337
        Note: XMP SPD Profile for Intel Chipsets Note: XMP SPD Profile for Intel Chipsets    
ASUS
RAMPAGE EXTREME
X48 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 1201    
ASUS
MAXIMUS EXTREME
X38 C2 DUO 2.33GHZ 1104      
ASUS
P5E3 DELUXE
X38 3.0GHZ C2D E6850 1412    
ASUS
P5E3 PREMIUM
X48 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 704      
ASUS
P5K3 DELUXE/
WIFI
P35 3.0GHZ C2D E6850 1205      
ASUS
STRIKER II EXTREME
NFORCE 790I 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 1104      
ASUS
P5Q3 DELUXE
P45 C2Q 2.66GHZ Q9450 1406      
ASUS
M4A79T DELUXE
790FX 2.6 GHZ QUAD CORE 503
ASUS
P6T DELUXE
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 1003
ASUS
RAMPAGE II EXTREME
X58 3.2GHZ CI7 965 EX 705
DFI
UT X58-T3eH8
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 LX58D217
EVGA
NFORCE 790I SLI FTW
NFORCE 790I C2Q 2.66GHZ Q9400 SZ10    
EVGA
132-CK-NF79
NFORCE 790I 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 P08      
EVGA
X58 SLI CLASSIFIED
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 SZ27
FOXCONN
RENAISSANCE
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 853F1P10
GIGABYTE
GA-X38T-DQ6
X38 EXPRESS 3.0GHZ C2D E6850 F7G    
GIGABYTE
GA-P35T-DQ6
P35 EXPRESS C2 DUO 1.86GHZ F7A      
GIGABYTE
EP45T-EXTREME
P45 C2Q 2.83GHZ Q9550 F4    
GIGABYTE
GA-EP45T-DS3R
P45 C2Q 2.83GHZ Q9550 F2    
GIGABYTE
GA-MA790XT-UD4P
790X 2.6 GHZ QUAD CORE F3
GIGABYTE
EX58-EXTREME
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 F2
MSI
X48 PLATINUM
X48 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 2.3      
MSI
P45 DIAMOND
P45 C2Q 2.66GHZ Q9450 1      
MSI
X58 PLATINUM
X58 2.66GHZ CI7 920 1.3
XFX
MB-N790-IUL9
NFORCE 790I 2.5GHZ C2Q Q9300 P07      

Ballistix DDR2
Module performance is verified by testing Ballistix DDR2 DIMMs in the motherboards shown in the table below. The modules are tested in pairs at the front side bus (FSB) speeds specified for each module type. In addition, the chipset, CPU, and BIOS revisions are listed for each motherboard setup.

Motherboard & processor information*

Motherboard Type Chipset Processor BIOS Version DDR2-1066 BL2KIT12864AA106A
BL2KIT12864AL106A
BL12864AA106A
BL12864AL106A
DDR2-800 BL2KIT12864AA80A
BL2KIT12864AL80A
BL2KIT25664AA80A
BL2KIT25664AL80A
BL2KIT25664AR80A
BL12864AA80A
BL12864AL80A
BL25664AA80A
BL25664AL80A
BL25664AR80A
ABIT IX38 Quad GTX 38C2 DUO 2.33GHz12
ASUS M2N32 SLINFORCE590SLIATHLON 643200+ 0504
ASUS M2N32 SLINFORCE590SLIATHLON 643500+ 0504
ASUS M3A32-MVP DELUXE790FXAM2+ 2.2GHz1102 
ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULAX38QUAD C2 2.4GHz1004
ASUS P5B DELUXEP9653.0GHzAMI 1216
ASUS P5EX38C2 DUO 2.33GHz0702
ASUS P5EX38QUAD C2 2.4GHz Q66000702
ASUS P5KP35C2 DUO 1.86GHz0603
ASUS P5KP35QUAD C2 2.4GHz Q66000603
ASUS P5K WSP35C2 DUO 1.86GHz0601
ASUS P5K-SEP35C2 DUO 1.86GHz0205
ASUS P5WD2-PREMIUM955X 0422 
ASUS STRIKER II FORMULA780iC2 DUO 2.33GHz0902
EVGA 122-CK NF68680i3.0GHz3/9/07 P26
EVGA 122-CK NF68680iC2 DUO 1.86GHz2/8/07 P25
EVGA 650650i 3/27/07 P01
FOXCONN C51XEM2AANFORCE590SLIAMD 64 3200+5/24/06 P20
FOXCONN C51XEM2AANFORCE590SLIATHLON 64 3500+5/17/06 P19
GIGABYTE GA-EX38 DQ6X38C2 DUO 2.33GHzF1
GIGABYTE GA-EX38 DS4X38C2 DUO 2.33GHzF2
GIGABYTE GA-EX38-DS4X38QUAD C2 Q6600F2
GIGABYTE GA-P35 DS3RP35C2 DUO 1.86GHzF11
GIGABYTE GA-P35 DQ6P35C2 DUO 1.86GHzF7
GIGABYTE X48 DQ6X48C2Q 2.4GHz Q6600F6
GIGABYTE P35 DS3LP35QUAD C2 2.4GHzF7
XFX-MB-N780-ISH9(780i)C2 DUO 2.33GHz12/21/07 P02
DFI LP DK P35-T2RSP35QUAD C2 2.4GHz3/11/08 
GIGABYTE GA-MA790FX-DS5790FXAM2+ 2.1GHz X3F5 
MSI K9A2 PLATINUM790FXAM2+ 2.2GHz QUAD1.3 
MSI P6N SLI650i V1.5 101307
ASUS P5KCP35C2 DUO 1.86GHzAMI 0701 
ASUS M3A770AM2+ 2.2GHz1001 
ASUS STRIKER EXTREME680iC2 DUO 1.86GHz1503
ASUS P5N32-E SLI680i3.0GHz0805 
EVGA 112-CK-NF77-A1630iC2 DUO 2.33GHz11/26/07 

*At the time of product qualification these are the systems that were used to verify performance. As newer Motherboards/BIOS are released we may use them for our production testing.

** Additional cooling may be required

Don't forget ...
We put great effort into testing our Ballistix modules in the configurations detailed above, but keep in mind that some system configurations may not operate at the published Crucial Ballistix memory speed and timing settings. Actual performance may vary based on configuration, usage, and manufacturing variability. Overclocking, running your system faster than published speed, or otherwise modifying your system timing may result in damage to computer components. If you plan to operate your hardware outside of specifications, do so at your own risk.

Archived testing data