Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 1GB Dual Channel Kit

Written by John Chen    Monday, 18 April 2005 11:00
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For the past 9 months, Samsung TCCD chips were the craze.  It's only recently that Winbond's new BH5 chips were being produced again.  Now people are going crazy over the new BH5 chips.  Yet, people fail to realize that there is another strong competitor in the field.  Although not as surprising as the TCCD chips, Crucial's use of Micron chips are capable of providing top notch performance.  We've seen what their DDR2 chips can do in the Ballistix PC2-5300 review, and now we're going to see what their DDR solution is capable of.

If you think that Corsair is the only player in the flashy memory game, you're wrong.  Crucial joins them with their Tracer line of memory.  Unlike the Corsair Pro series, where rows of lights flash up and down to show memory activity, Crucial's Tracer line has blinking LED's that light up in no specific order to show memory usage.  Crucial calls these LED's "chasing LED's".  Why?  Because the red and green LED's light up in a circular manner that seem like they're chasing each other.  This look is definitely flashier than Corsair's solution.  Looks are not everything, though.  With the Ballistix, you get flashy looks AND performance.