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Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 DDR2 1066MHz (2 x 1GB) RAM

Price: $217.99 USD


People usually go ballistic when something absolutely amazing happens or something completely unexpected occurs. Can a set of memory make you go ballistic in disbelief of its performance? With some of the overclocks that I have pulled off, it takes a lot to impress me, so let’s see how Crucial’s Ballistix Tracer 2 x 1GB PC2-8500 DDR2 1066 RAM affects my computer’s performance and gauge just how far it can go when pushed. Will it be able to compete against some high-end memory modules? Let’s dig in and find out!

Crucial Technology has been around for quite some time now and has sent shockwaves throughout the gaming and enthusiast world when it came out with its Ballistix RAM for DDR1. Now that everyone is moving to the DDR2 scene, it's good to see this great lineup of memory modules back in action. Crucial Technology keeps producing innovative products to keep itself amongst the elite of the memory industry.


Closer Look:

The RAM was shipped in a rather small cardboard box that had the Crucial Technology logo sticker holding the box shut. Once you look inside, you’ll notice the sticks are in anti-static bags and are propped up by a piece of cardboard cut with two slits.



At the bottom of the box, you’ll find the instructions folded up neatly. Below is a picture of what’s included.


The sticks themselves have a very nice black finish on them with silver lining. The Ballistix logo is painted in yellow with an orange outline to really make the logo stick out. On the sticks you’ll find Crucial's website URL painted on the heatsinks. Notice the orange sticker with the statistics of the RAM on it.


Here you can see the LEDs on top of the sticks. This is one of the special features on this particular set of memory. These are 240-pin sticks and the picture on the right shows the underside of the RAM where the pins are.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Specifications
  3. Testing: CPU-Z & Task Manager
  4. Testing Cont. (PCMark05 & Sandra XI)
  5. Testing Cont. (CacheMem & Far Cry)
  6. Overclocking
  7. Overclocking Cont. (CacheMem & Far Cry)
  8. Conclusion
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