The Crucial memory comes shipped in a sealed clear plastic blister pack that must be cut open. Inside we find space for up to three sticks of memory, obviously the same packaging is used for their triple channel kits. These new Ballistix Tracer kits color match the anodized aluminum heat spreaders with that of the PCB and as we'll see later, the LEDs as well. This is also true of the blue and green kits, while the original black modules use a combination of red and green LEDs.
The heat spreaders have a machined finish that causes a diffusion lighting effect when viewed at various angles. The raised edges of the spreader as well as the Ballistix Tracer logo have the anodized color removed, revealing the bare metal underneath. A specification sticker on one side of each DIMM indicates the part number as well as speed and timings of the module, in this case PC3-12800 1600MHz and 8-8-8-24 with 1.65v.
The double-sided DIMMs have up to 32 color matched LEDs adorning the top and bottom edge of the PCB. The 24 along the top, 12 on each side, flash in response to memory activity, while the eight along the bottom of the heat spreader have a steady glow to illuminate the motherboard. The spreaders are no bigger than the width and height of the PCB, and not much thicker than the memory chips, so no clearance issues are expected with surrounding components or interference between the modules themselves, even when placed in immediately adjacent slots. Let's get them installed and see how they look.