Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer PC3-12800
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 03-24-2011
Provided by: Crucial
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Crucial has improved on their already great Ballistix Tracer series of memory with the new Smart Tracer product offering. In addition to switchable color illumination LEDs, they've also added the ability to control the brightness, or turn the lights off entirely, as well as giving the option between four different activity patterns. Furthermore, the free, downloadable M.O.D. utility provides SPD information as well as Temperature monitoring and live reporting via the Vista/7 sidebar widget.

Although only initially offered in either 2Gb, 4Gb or 6Gb kits of DDR3-1600, Crucial plans to introduce faster speeds in the near future. With the AMD Bulldozer core purportedly supporting DDR3-1866 as an official standard, it's our hope that they've got something like that or possibly even faster in the works.

With the new Smart Tracers averaging only $5-$10 more than their first generation Tracer counterparts, it really makes sense to spend the 10% extra for all the additional features. OCIA.net has awarded the Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer PC3-12800 our Gold Seal of Approval.




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