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Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1GBx2) PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory Kit
Author: Jason Kohrs
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Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1GBx2) PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory Kit
October 20, 2006

The Basics:

Inside the box, small cardboard dividers keep everything separated, and it is a surprisingly simple and effective way to make sure everything arrives safely. The below left image shows the two DDR2 memory modules individually sealed in anti-static bags, while the below right image shows the balance of the box's contents. You have a coupon for System Mechanic 6 software and a brief installation guide.

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In the images below we have the actual DDR2 modules to be reviewed, and that they look exactly like the promotional image seen previously. The look is sharp, and although it is clear that these are performance modules from the specifications and appearance, Crucial doesn't go too far with gaudy features that really won't contribute anything but more cost. Either side of the heatspreader is printed with the "" and "Ballistix" logo, while one side of each also features two stickers with part numbers and other manufacturing information.

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Crucial offers the Ballistix series of DDR and DDR2 in a variety of speeds and timings, and for those that do want a bit more razzle-dazzle on their system memory, they offer the Ballistix Tracer series. These modules provide LEDs that react to the memory's activity, providing a bit of a light show inside your case while the memory is at work.

I always like to check whether the heatspreader is making uniform contact with the memory modules, as sometimes the thermal tape isn't doing anything since it is not being squeezed tight enough. The image below attempts to show that good contact is being made with the chips on either side of the modules, but I did have to help one chip... The tape on one side of one module had pulled away from the very last module, leaving a slight air gap. I squeezed it together a few days ago and it is still holding, so hopefully that takes care of that minor issue.

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