Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-5300 Review

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Ballistix Memory Brings The Bling To Crucial Consumers

Crucial Ballistix PC2 5300

Today Legit Reviews takes a look at some Crucial DDR2 memory with some bling, Ballistix PC2-5300. These memory modules mate top end performance with some serious flair. They are designed to run at 667MHz and have some nice blinky LED’s to let others know you have a killer system. These modules should definitely be at or near the top of your shopping list if you are one of those who has to show off their system. Read on as we take a look at this sub $200 memory kit and compare the performance to other memory kits from Corsair, Kingston and Wintec. 

From Crucial’s website:

“The Crucial story starts with Micron Technology, Inc., one of the largest dynamic random access memory (DRAM) manufacturers in the world and the only one based in the U.S. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Micron manufactures DRAM chips and assembles them into high-quality memory modules for sale to original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) worldwide.

Over the past 26 years, Micron has learned that when you make some of the very best memory in the world, lots of companies want it, from computer makers to wireless device manufacturers to printer producers. (And we’re really glad that they do!)

But then Micron asked, well, what about the end user? What about the everyday folks who want to upgrade their existing systems with OEM-quality memory?the home desktop user, the IT network guy, the student notebook user? Why don’t we offer our memory to the public, at factory-direct pricing?

So in 1996, Micron responded to a growing demand for high-quality memory upgrades among end users who wanted the best possible performance from their systems. Micron launched Crucial Technology in November of that year, and for the first time, end users had the opportunity to buy directly from the manufacturer the same memory modules bought by the world’s major OEMs for original installation in their systems.”

Let’s take a look at the specs before moving on to an in depth look at the modules themselves.

Product Specifications:

  • Module Size: 1GB kit (512MBx2)
  • Package: Ballistix Tracer 240-pin DIMM (with LEDs)
  • Feature: DDR2 PC2-5300
  • Configuration: 64Meg x 64
  • DIMM Type: UNBUFFERED
  • Error Checking: NON-ECC
  • Speed: DDR2-667
  • Voltage: 1.9V
  • Memory Timings: 4-4-4-10

“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 aluminum heat spreaders. Ballistix Tracer memory features a black PCB, black integrated heat spreaders, and two rows of eight “chasing” red and green LEDs atop the module, circulating at varying speeds proportional to usage. A custom-designed circuit relays bus activity to the LEDs, allowing them to accurately reflect usage of each memory module. In addition, eight blue ground effects LEDs emit a constant glow near the pins.”

Let’s take a look at the specs before moving on to an in depth look at the modules themselves.

Product Specifications:

  • Module Size: 1GB kit (512MBx2)
  • Package: Ballistix Tracer 240-pin DIMM (with LEDs)
  • Feature: DDR2 PC2-5300
  • Configuration: 64Meg x 64
  • DIMM Type: UNBUFFERED
  • Error Checking: NON-ECC
  • Speed: DDR2-667
  • Voltage: 1.9V
  • Memory Timings: 4-4-4-10

“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 aluminum heat spreaders. Ballistix Tracer memory features a black PCB, black integrated heat spreaders, and two rows of eight “chasing” red and green LEDs atop the module, circulating at varying speeds proportional to usage. A custom-designed circuit relays bus activity to the LEDs, allowing them to accurately reflect usage of each memory module. In addition, eight blue ground effects LEDs emit a constant glow near the pins.”

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