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Review 2x1Gb Ballistix Tracer PC2-6400

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With Microsoft Windows Vista release and the growing needint to have huge memories quantity in our systems, the DDR2 kit gain more and more commercial values, and we are here to show you the new BALLISTIX TRACER PC2-6400.

The Ballistix Tracer memory kit is well know for its extreme performances and for the spectacular scenic effect that it can make!

Are you bored about the usual memory kit? You want something more? Faster and more beatifull…?
Well, Crucial thought to you, with a series of product made ad hoc for the “tuning” enthusiast like you!


Anyway, this is not just an aesthetic thing…infact while most memory makers brands are trying to product faster and faster DDR2 kits with always tighter timings, with this kit we are in front of some unusual chips (with performance a lot similar to OCZ PC 8500 SLI edition kit). We still are in front of Micron D9 chips but with different over clock aims! We’ll see…


Let’s see how this kit perform on a Intel Core 2 Duo platform…

A bit of Micron & Crucial History….

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.


For nearly three decades, 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.


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 September 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 leading manufacturers for original installation in their systems.


In 1999, Crucial Europe opened for business in Kilbride, Scotland, offering end users outside the U.S. the same benefits of reliability and performance combined with manufacturer-direct savings and convenience.


Demand for Crucial upgrades has grown rapidly since the Crucial Europe launch, and we have expanded our product line to include graphics cards, flash cards and readers, and USB flash drives.



Unlike other memory sellers, we ensure testing for 100 percent of the modules that go out our doors. That's important to customers who need quality-assured memory for mission-critical applications.


The Ballistix series has got the best chip avaible! And all them are tested so they can work at so high frequencies.

Memories Introduction.

The memories shows up in the classic Crucial blister:

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The "Ballistix" memory family is the high end of the Crucial DRAM products.

If you are still not satisfied with the Ballistix, then you should take a look at the new Ballistix Tracer, the best and the most beautifull memory kit you can find in all the Crucial products. :

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All the modules are equiped with black aluminum passive heat-spreader kept toghether with an adesive themical pad. On the heat spreader we can find the classic Ballistix logo that let us see the two different colord LEDs rows (red and yellow) that lights up in a different way for each status. We can find a blu LED row that lights up the mainboard PCB with a fantastic light blue light!!!! Just an awesome aspect for the modding enthusiast.

The PCB is a normal 6 layers pcb used by every memory maker for high-end products

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The memories are equipped by Micron D9 GMH chip.

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Here is the constructor characteristics:

Ballistix Tracer PC2-6400

Opeative Frequency

800 MHz DDR2

Timings

CL 4-4-4-12 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS) a 2.2 volt

Modules

Memory Modules 128M x 64-bit 1GB (1024MB) DDR2-800 CL4

SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM), on a 16 64M x 8-bit DDR2 FBGA

Component per module
2GB KIT (2x1 GB) optimized for Dual Channel

Features

SLI Ready, UNBUFFERED, NON-ECC

Volts Range

2. 2v

Price for a 2x1GB kit

350-360 €

This kit is guaranteed with the standard PC 6400 JEDEC, DDR2 800 Mhz, with 4-4-4-12 timings, without the need of high voltage, since we can find 2.2v on every ddr2 mainboard. But we’ll see this kit will reach a lot higher frequencies!

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