Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 1600MHz DDR3 4GB Kit Review
Andy Ruffell / 6 years ago
There are many different segments in the memory market, with modules being aimed at the lower end budget users, mainstream and enthusiast markets including the hardcore overclockers. You will find as you look at these various product types, the style and design changes somewhat dependant on your budget. When you look at the high-end enthusiast based memory, you will see that the overall product design has a slight jenesequa with fancy heatspreaders and the very best components used, as expected.
Brands who adopt the above criteria for their products, are generally the better known manufacturers who have stood the test of time when it comes to the recession and come out on top in this cut-throat market. These include the likes of Kingston, Corsair, Crucial and G.Skill who each have their own unique products to offer.
Crucial however, have taken this one step further by offering the very best components, and the fancy styling but with a bit of a twist, of which they call it the Ballistix brand. Ballistix are a well known part of the Crucial company offering PC enthusiasts high end products with fantastic overclocking ability for many years.
Another sub division of Crucial and the Ballistix brand is their Tracer memory, which offer all of the benefits of the Ballistix product range whilst also giving activity LEDs on top of the modules as well as an illuminated LED effect on the bottom. Stemming off from this however is the Smart Tracer range which includes several new features including the ability to change the colour of the LEDs, switching them on and off, changing the brightness and also changing the activity pattern that the memory performs. The memory also has some improved features including the temperature and voltage features of which we will look into a little bit more as the review continues.
These memory modules are aimed at the enthusiast market, but obviously some users will be a bit reserved about overclocking their memory, but with Crucial having a solid base to work from, all of these fantastic new features and offering up a limited lifetime warranty, what reason would you have not to push your memory to the limits?