Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 PC3-12800 Memory Kit Review

Memory by stefan @ 2011-03-21

The Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 PC3-12800 BL2KIT25664ST1608OB memory kit comes with two interesting features: fully customizable lighting system, along with thermal sensors that can be monitored via the M.O.D. software utility.

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Features, Specifications

Product Description

The Ballistix Smart Tracer features activity-indicating LEDs on the top edge and ground-effect LEDs along the bottom. Add to it the downloadable MOD utility, and you get the real-time temperature monitoring-and more!

Play with even more bling-customized by you. These Smart Tracer modules are available in either Blue/Orange or Red/Green LED color combinations that you can manipulate in real time, switching up the color options. In addition, select from four different LED patterns, adjust brightness, or turn the LEDs on/off. All of this can be done on-the-fly! Turn on the lights — and turn up your performance — with Ballistix Smart Tracer memory.

Ballistix Tracer memory is specifically built for performance enthusiasts and case modders who want to push the performance envelope while adding flash appeal to their boxes. The Ballistix line of high-performance memory modules features advanced speed grades, low latencies, and integrated aluminum heat spreaders. And, Ballistix Tracer memory is available in variety of colors depending on technology.

DDR3 Ballistix Tracer has been updated with more LEDs (up to 32 total) with one or two rows of 12 activity-indicating LEDs along the entire top length of the module. The wider spacing and pattern moves from the center toward the outside of the module and creates some interesting light patterns and effects in your case. Eight constantly illuminated ground effects lights along the bottom edge will light up your motherboard. DDR3 Ballistix Tracer is available in classic black, as well as red, all blue or all green (PCB/heat spreader/LEDs). Show the world your true colors by picking scheme that suits your style or matches your rig.



Lights on

Crucial custom programmed Ballistix Memory Overview Display (MOD) utility provides you with on-the-fly customization of LED activity colors and patterns. Turn on the lights — and turn up your performance — with Ballistix Smart Tracer memory.

Utility work

The Crucial Ballistix MOD utility also allows you to view uptime, voltages, and set alarms for temperatures. Enjoy real-time temperature monitoring and keep tabs on your high-performance memory while you play. A voltage and temperature history is also included, where the highest measured voltage and temperature data is stored. Ballistix MOD Utility is downloadable at

Trusted Performance

This 4GB (2GB x 2) DDR3 1600 kit, with low CAS latency of 8, has passed rigorous testing to meet or exceed specifications when used on the latest Intel and AMD dual-channel platforms. Each module features a heat spreader design resulting in up to 30% better performance in heat dissipation over its predecessors.

Support for Intel XMP

Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP) technology provides a robust, profile-based overclocking solution for novice and experienced overclockers - easily overclock your platform by selecting the predefined profile in the BIOS, or manually adjust frequency and timings to extract maximum performance from your system.


Technical Specifications:

Capacity: 4GB (2x2GB)

Speed: DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

CAS Latency: 8

Timings: 8-8-8-24

Voltage: 1.65V


Buffered/Registered: Unbuffered

Multi-channel Kit: Dual Channel Kit

Heat Spreader: Yes

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