Review: Crucial Ballistix Sport 12GB PC Memory Kit

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I haven’t purchased memory since 2006 so I had to do a little refresher. My machine, a Dell Precision T3500, takes memory in “threes,” where every other machine I’ve had in recent history used memory sticks in pairs. I’ve had some bad experiences in the past with memory that doesn’t work quite right with the particular computer setup I had, so this time I made sure to cross-check these in Crucial’s memory configurator. They didn’t show up in a direct search for Dell Precision T3500-compatible memory, however, when I went to the Crucial product page for the memory and entered my machine make and model, the system told me they were compatible. So far they are working just fine.

Crucial Ballistix Sport 12GB Kit (4GBx3) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS3KIT4G3D1609DS1S00

Edit: I shouldn’t have implied the T3500 only takes the memory in threes, it actually has ability to accept memory in twos with the right configuration. There’s a table in the T3500 manual that tells you the acceptable dual- and tri-channel configurations. For instance, there is no supported configuration for 8GB of memory, even though you could hypothetically install two 4GB modules. I went with 6 sticks of 4GB each (that’s two of this particular Amazon product code) which is the max for this machine. At the 24GB configuration, they’re pretty specific about the memory being dual rank (not to be confused with dual channel). Crucial doesn’t tell you if the memory is dual ranked or not, but they do tell you its configuration is 512meg x 64bit. I count 16 chips per stick of memory, which adds up to 512 x 16 = 8,192 (8GB) if these were single rank sticks. They’re two ranks of 4GB, making them dual rank sticks of memory. I probably butchered the explanation so maybe a true memory expert could chime in on this. Regardless, the sticks are working great in my T3500.