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Crucial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan Review
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Crucial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan

Crucial is a well known computer memory manufacturer, producing not only standard DDR2 and DDR3 memory but also performance-grade Ballistix memory modules and even solid state drives and Gizmo! USB drives. They are not known for producing computer accessories, however, and so you might be surprised to learn that Crucial actually offers an active memory cooler - the Ballistix Active Cooling Fan, which boasts the following features :

  • Active cooling for your Ballistix memory
  • Increase airflow to your system memory
  • Reduce memory temperatures with proper airflow
  • Easy to attach (flex attachment to memory sockets with no tools required)
  • Low noise level
  • Complementary color scheme (black/silver)
  • Clear fans allow you to still see your Ballistix Tracer lights (sold separately)
  • Limited 1 year warranty

The advantage of such a cooler is obvious - active cooling courtesy of two fans will greatly improve the thermal dissipation of the memory modules and allow for better overclocking and a longer lifespan. Let's see how well it performs.

 

Specifications

Model

• BLACTIVECOOL

Dimensions

• 155 mm long
• 77.6 mm tall
• 71.6 mm wide

Weight

• 200 g

Fans

• Two 60 mm fans with clear blades

Fan Bearing Type

• Sleeve bearing

Fan Speed

• 3,000 RPM

Rated Air Flow

• 15 CFM

Noise Level

• 25 dBA (average)
• 28 dBA (maximum)

Power Supply

• 12 V
• 3-pin connector (standard)
• 4-pin adaptor (included)

Certifications

• WEEE
• RoHS

Warranty

• 1 Year Warranty

 

Packaging

The Crucial Ballistix active cooling fan comes in a hard cardboard box with a clear plastic window on top showing the two fans. The cooler's main specifications are listed on the right side of the box. Although it is ostensibly meant for use with Crucial Ballistix memory, you can use this cooler with any other type of memory module.

    

Inside the box, you will find the following items :

  • One Crucial Ballistix active cooling fan
  • Two retention clips
  • One set of four screws
  • One 3-pin to 4-pin power adaptor
  • One installation guide

The retention clips and screws are individually packed into plastic bags to prevent them from getting scratched. The chromed surfaces of the fan and retention clips are susceptible to scratches and fingerprint stains, so be careful when you take them out.

 

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Crucial Ballistix Active Cooling Fan
Specifications
Packaging

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A Closer Look
Installation

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Testing The Ballistix Active Cooling Fan
Maximum Temperature

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Conclusion



 
   
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