Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR3 PC3-12800 6GB kit


Crucial Technology should now be called Lexar Media but people in the PC market still recognise and hold value with the Crucial name. Much the same as those in the know will recognise Micron, the company renown for making extremely good integrated chips on memory products. Micron Europe are the parent company of Lexar who have the fingers in almost every memory component you can think of from Solid State Drives to USB flash drives and of course the product we are reviewing to day, PC memory.

The Ballistix brand name is the pinnacle of Crucial’s PC memory product line and has been widely used by PC enthusiasts for years thanks to the magnificent overclocking abilities. As overclockers we tend to push things a little too far but fear not because Crucial offer limited lifetime warranty. Backed up by one of the most famous names in the memory sector, you can be assured that the product you are buying is top of the line.

We were very impressed with the last Crucial kit we reviewed so here’s hoping for a repeat performance.

Here’s what Crucial had to say about their latest DDR3 Kit:

What is Ballistix Tracer memory? Ballistix Tracer memory is specifically built for performance enthusiasts and case modders who want to push the performance envelope while adding flash appeal to their boxes. The Ballistix line of high-performance memory modules features advanced speed grades, low latencies, and integrated aluminium heat spreaders.

We test each individual component through rigorous procedures using advanced DRAM test equipment, and that’s before we even put them on module! From there, each individual module undergoes various electrical and synthetic tests. Finally, 100% of our modules are tested on some of the latest motherboards and chipsets deemed capable of running at the rated specifications.


The following specification was taken directly from the Crucial website.

• Module Size: 6GB kit (2GBx3)
• Package: Ballistix Tracer 240-pin DIMM (with LEDs)
• Feature
: DDR3 PC3-12800
• Bandwidth: 1600MHz
• Latency: 8-8-8-24
• Voltage
: 1.65v

All fairly standard so far and matches the specification of the majority of PC3-12800 kits out there. Perhaps the only noteworthy aspect of the specification is the inclusion of LED’s but more on that later in the review.

Let’s see how Crucial have presented their latest Ballistix kit…