Unlike relatively new companies such as Corsair and OCZ that arose within the last decade or so out of a growing demand among computer enthusiasts for high performance memory above and beyond that of JEDEC specification, other manufacturers like Crucial under its parent company Micron have been producing high quality, standard spec computer memory for more than 30 years. Although a latecomer to the performance marketplace, Crucial has not disappointed their fans and has built quite a name for its Ballistix line of memory over the last six years, beginning with their high speed DDR up through DDR2 and now DDR3. The Tracer series adds an interesting twist, that of LED activity lighting on the memory sticks themselves, useful for indicating memory utilization and also just for the bling factor.
The memory I have for review today is the red version of Crucial's latest Ballistix Tracer series, in a 2x2Gb kit of PC3-12800 8-8-8-24. Other colors are available, including blue, green and the original black with multi-colored LEDs, and either DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600 speeds with capacities ranging from single 1Gb sticks up to 3x2Gb triple channel kits. All of the DIMMs operate at a relatively low 1.65 volts, satisfying the demand of Intel processors with sensitive memory controller voltage requirements. And of course, all are backed by Crucial's lifetime product warranty. Join me as I take a closer look at the Crucial Ballistix Tracer BL2KIT25664TR1608 kit.