It takes a lot more than LED bling to deliver a good memory module. That goes double if you plan to overclock it. Crucial's Ballistix Tracer PC4000 2x512MB modules have all that and then some. Read on to find out why Memphist0 gave it the coveted DevHardware Recommended award.
Memory manufacturers have gotten so good at producing their wares that simply making high performance memory is not enough. All top tier memory manufacturers can do that. We have watched as the manufacturers scrambled to make high frequency (front side bus) memory supporting up to PC4400 speeds, and competed to make quality low latency memory with tight timing (CL 2-2-2-5 at PC3200). Now that all the major memory manufacturers have accomplished those hurdles they are competing with aesthetics.
Originally the ideal behind making "pretty" memory was that the addition of the heat spreader with color and composition would set them apart. However, Corsair upped the ante several months back by placing activity LEDs on their memory modules. The LED setup used by Corsair looked similar to what can be found on stereo equipment, with two lines that lit up with memory access activity. Crucial, with their Ballistix brand of memory, has answered with their own style of LED activity lights that brings even more style to their memory modules.
Some performance enthusiasts may wonder if by adding bling to the memory modules affects performance of the memory? That is what this review hopes to address while explaining what sets Crucial's LED scheme apart from others.
To get started, here is what Crucial thinks of their Ballistic Tracer modules: "The introduction of the Ballistix Tracer memory series takes Crucial's high performance memory to a whole different level. Tracer modules are for the hard-core enthusiasts demanding not only the best possible stability and performance, but also the revolutionary visual effects that set Tracer modules apart from their competition. The activity-indicating LEDs offer our customers the opportunity to identify which games and other applications make their Tracer memory work the hardest." - John Stroozas, Crucial Director of Engineering
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