Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 PC3-12800 6GB kit

Packaging & Appearance

Packaging & Appearance

The packaging of the Crucial Ballastix is the same as Ballistix kits have been packaged in the past. A plain brown cardboard box with an anti tamper sticker sealing the box. While this type of packaging is basic it does afford the modules inside excellent protection.

box open box
Opening up the box we find that the modules are neatly stacked side by side in sealed anti-static sleeves. These sleeves are printed with all the information you require to get the memory up and running such as the timings, frequency and voltage. 

inner tri
The modules themselves are shielded by some very attractive heatsinks. The green 'holographic' effect given off by the heatsinks is very appealing. These heatsinks/modules are also available in Blue and Red to perfectly match the aesthetics of your PC setup should you be concerned about such matters. Most readers who read this article will find this appealing and it is these readers who Crucial are marketing the products for: Case modders and overclockers, which pretty much sums up the bulk of our readers I believe.

front rear

Being of nominal height, these modules will not interfere with fitting an oversized CPU, certainly no more than any modules without heatsinks would anyway. On the top and bottom of modules there are a number of tiny LED's which are pretty much indistinct when the modules are not powered up.

top side
Taking the heatsinks off the modules we get to see the banks of integrated chips which in the Ballistix case are Samsung HCF0, the very same chips used in the 2000MHz Kingston modules we reviewed recently which spells good news. Crucial have not used Micron IC's, which is surprising considering Crucial are a division of Micron. Nevertheless, the Samsung chips are a very good choice and should prove to be excellent overclockers.

iC samsung
That about rounds up the packaging and presentation section of the review. Check out the test setup page where I power up the modules which give off a stunning light display...

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Most Recent Comments

12-03-2009, 20:06:02

They look nice.

Would prefer them in red though.

Jim - get some to match your bloodrage.Quote

12-03-2009, 20:32:55

Originally Posted by name='themcman1'
They look nice.

Would prefer them in red though.

Jim - get some to match your bloodrage.
These or the Corsair GT's are on my list for sure Quote

12-03-2009, 20:43:10

Oh crap Jim now has to choose between Dominator GT or these. Both are good so go for the performance ones lol.

For aesthetics then this is the way to go.

Bit pricey tho'.Quote

12-03-2009, 20:55:11

I ordered a set of the DDR2 for my AM2 system on monday, so as long as they preform as nicely as this lot I will be happy.. and the LEDs look so great.Quote

12-03-2009, 21:00:40

Too bad that the chips don't have red led's instead of the green.

The red would be perfect for your case!

Do I see another mod happening here?Quote

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