Crucial is the only memory upgrade supplier that is owned by a major DRAM manufacturer, Micron Techonology. The Crucial name is synonymous with consumers for memory upgrades and accessories such as flash cards and drives. Branching out from its bread and butter of standard memory products, Crucial developed a branding called Ballistix. It is with its Ballistix brand that Crucial reaches out to overclocking and performance crowd. At circuitREMIX, we've already tested DDR2 from Crucial's Ballistix line of memory products and we came away impressed. Now we will be taking our first look at our first Ballistix DDR3 product.
Crucial's Ballistix line of DDR2 and DDR3 memory all bear the same resemblance. They share the same aluminum heatspreaders, with the standard Ballistix burnt orange and the Tracers black. The Ballistix, Crucial and Micron logos are silkscreened on the heatspreaders. There is no clear indication as to the specifications of the memory other than looking up the model number off the stickers on the memory.
The PCB of each module is black. The heatspreaders have a ridged silver edge.
The heatspreaders don't have any clips holding them together and are affixed using adhesive thermal pads. They are making even contact with the IC's. The DIMM is single sided.