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Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB Single DDR4 2666 MT/s (PC4-21300) CL16 DR x8 Unbuffered DIMM 288-Pin Memory - BLE8G4D26AFEA

This Crucial RAM has 8GB DDR4 memory clocked at a speed of 2666MHz.

It is made up of 1 stick and has a voltage of 1.20V.

Its timings are 16-18-18-36.

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Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB Single DDR4 2666 MT/s (PC4-21300) CL16 DR x8 Unbuffered DIMM 288-Pin Memory - BLE8G4D26AFEA

Total Memory8GBThe amount of memory is the RAM's primary feature and defines how much data it can store for temporary fast access
Total Speed2666MHzSpeed defines how many data transfers can be made per second.
Stick Count1The number of sticks define the number of slots in the motherboard necessary to house the RAM
RAM TypeDDR4The RAM type defines compatibility with motherboards, as well as the limits to performance
Voltage1.20VModern Intel systems require 1.5V or lower, AMD require 1.95V or lower. Can be changed in the BIOS
Timings16-18-18-36Timings show latency, row address to column address delay, row precharge time, and row active time

Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB Single DDR4 2666 MT/s (PC4-21300) CL16 DR x8 Unbuffered DIMM 288-Pin Memory - BLE8G4D26AFEA compatibility review

Rather than storing data permanently like in large capacity hard drives, RAM provides a temporary cache that your system uses to store the data that you are currently using. This makes accessing the most relevant data much faster, because accessing RAM requires much less time than your hard drive. In fact, most systems are configured to use the hard drive as a substitute for RAM when the RAM is being overloaded with data. This can bring your PC to a crawl, however, and is why having enough RAM is crucial.

DDR4 RAM is the latest technology and has the highest performance limits of any market RAM. Not yet available to consumers, it offers various improvements over DDR3 including both power efficiency and performance. While its improvements may be less marked than those of earlier iterations, new motherboards are going to begin implementing DDR4 as standard, which should be kept in mind when purchasing new RAM.

With a total memory of 8GB, the Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB Single DDR4 2666 MT/s (PC4-21300) CL16 DR x8 Unbuffered DIMM 288-Pin Memory - BLE8G4D26AFEA has the capacity to help run a large array of applications simultaneously, or a medium sized server. It should be more than enough for any gaming or general PC usage requirements. This Crucial DDR4 RAM has a speed of 2666MHz. RAM speed is not a crucial feature, but it does contribute significantly to PC games and certain applications like video-editing software. 2666MHz is among the fastest speeds available on the market, so this RAM will exhibit superb performance helping to run either of these.

The RAM timings reflect different performance benchmarks. The first number, the CL, or CAS (Column Address Strobe) latency, is the time it takes to send a column address and get a response. This Crucial DDR4 RAM has a CL of 16. Generally speaking, the lower the latency the better, but there are other contributing factors such as clock speed.

The second number, the tRCD, or Row Address to Column Address Delay, is the required clock cycles necessary after a row of memory is opened before columns within it can be accessed. The tRCD of this Crucial DDR4 RAM is 18.

The third number, the tRP, or Row Precharge Time, is the clock cycles necessary after the precharge command is executed before the next row can be opened. The tRP of this RAM is 18.

The last number, the tRAS, or Row Active Time, is the clock cycles necessary after a bank active command before the ensuing precharge command is executed. The tRAS of this RAM is 36.

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