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Crucial Ballistix 2x 512MB PC3200 (DDR400) Memory Review

Price: PC3200 $138.99 +/- USD (256MB PC3200 $74.99 +/-)

In a recent poll of our forums members, not too many people thought of Crucial when it comes to �High Performance Memory.� Well, a good explanation to that would be that Crucial hasn't had a high performance memory until recently. Sure, they've been a big name in mainstream memory and flash memory, but they've left the niche stuff to the other guys. Well, not too long ago Crucial announced a new performance memory line, Ballistix™. How will this newcomer to the performance line stack up? How well will it hold out against the likes of a big contender like Mushkin? Let's see...

About Crucial
Crucial Technology is a division of Micron Semiconductor Products, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc. Located in Boise, Idaho. Micron manufactures dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips and assembles them into memory modules for the global computer industry. Currently, Micron is the only DRAM manufacturer in the US and one of the three largest in the world. Micron is one of the top suppliers of memory to the major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including Compaq, Gateway, HP, and IBM.

In response to growing demand for high-quality memory upgrades among end users who wanted the best possible performance from their systems, Micron launched Crucial Technology in November 1996. For the first time, end users were given the opportunity to buy direct from the manufacturer the same memory modules bought by the world's major OEMs for original installation in their systems. Crucial remains the only memory upgrade supplier selling to consumers that is also part of a major DRAM manufacturer.

About Ballistix
The Ballistix™ line of high-performance memory modules features advanced speed grades, low latencies, and integrated aluminum heat spreaders. Ballistix modules are specifically built for performance enthusiasts who want to push the performance envelope without worrying about data loss or corruption, mysterious intermittent errors and display problems, or worse-the dreaded BSOD! For more information, please visit the Ballistix web site.


Module Size: 512MB
Package: Ballistix 184-pin DIMM
Feature: DDR PC3200
Configuration: 64Meg x 64
DIMM Type:
Error Checking: Non-parity
Speed: DDR400
Voltage: 2.8V
Memory Timings: CL=2 (2-2-2-8)

*NOTE: According to our contact at Micron/Crucial, this memory should have timings of 2-3-2-6. However, since my system is set up to auto-detect the timings, and all other information available on the Internet show that this memory is 2-2-2-x, we will continue reporting/testing the memory as 2-2-2-8. If anything changes, we'll update you on it.

  1. Introduction & Specfications
  2. Closer Look
  3. Testing
  4. 512 MB Test
  5. Conclusion
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