Crucial RAM failures

tecninja

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I figured I'd ask here in the OC forums, as you folks are probably the most likely to have encountered the issue. Anyhow Back in May 08' I had a set of Crucial Ballistic RAM sticks fail after working for a few months (2x 2GB). The Replaced them with their "new configuration" in late August saying the problems had been worked out. Anyhow that new set (that uses 2.0v instead of 2.2v) Failed A few days ago, and I was wondering if people were still having difficulties with this series of RAM?

Currently I'm sure its bad, it won't run under relaxed timings and underclocked to 667mhz. The RAM was never in its life set to anything other then the box specs until I underclocked it for testing, so I'm not sure why it would keep failing.

Just wondering if anyone has any knowledge/experience that indicates they have or have not worked out this problem. I know it was so bad that over at NewEgg they purged all the old comments when they came out with the "new configuration", so you can't read the 100s of complaints from Jan 08' to June 08' complaining about the failures.
 

Mondoman

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Any RAM sold with a spec voltage higher than the max 1.9V DDR2 standard is sold as an overclocked module, and typically, overclocked modules fail sooner than non-overclocked modules. At least a spec voltage of 2.0V suggests this 2nd batch isn't overclocked as much as the earlier ones.
 

tecninja

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Well the Odd thing is, the original 2.2v configuration they were using ran fine and error free at 1.8v at the speeds I was running (which wasn't very aggressive). It chugged along fine for 2-3 months and then just went kaput and no settings worked. It wasn't even a case of gradually needing more and more juice or less and less speed, it just up and died. Anyhow I don't think they got cooked, I think there is something just general wrong with the modules.

Just was curious if anyone was still using Crucial Ballistix line RAM, and if they had any info as to wether they were still failing, or if the problem has passed. I can RMA it and I'm sure Crucial will be good about it, as their CS is really good. But for $70 I could get 4GB of any other brand and not worry about the musical RMA game every 3 months.