Crucial Ballistix Tracer Black PC3-12800
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 02-22-2011
Provided by: Crucial

I'm installing the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Black into the following system:

AMD 1090T X6 Phenom II BE
Swiftech H20-320 Edge
128Gb Crucial C300 RealSSD
Icy Dock 2.5" Adapter
1Tb WD Caviar Black
1Tb Hitachi Deskstar
LG 8x BD-RE 16x DVD-RW
ASUS EAH5870 V2 1G
Zalman VF3000A
OCZ Fatal1ty 750w
Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Edition
Windows 7 Home 64bit

Unlike the Red, Blue or Green Tracers, which have LEDs color-matched to their spreaders and PCB, the Black Tracer memory uses a combination of colors. The bottom ambient lighting is blue and the top activity LEDs are a mix of red and green. If you're trying to coordinate the color scheme in your case you may prefer one of the three matched sticks, however if you already have a hodge-podge of colors or you're going for maximum attention-grabbing color explosion then the Blacks may be just what you're looking for. Blue LEDs being the brightest, the bottom ambient lighting makes the entire DIMM socket area glow, nearly overpowering the red and green were it not for their rapid-changing flashing pattern.

Next let's put the Ballistix Tracer through its paces.

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