Just like the previous memory kit we had from Crucial, these Ballistix Elite also come in transparent plastic packaging of original design.
Apart from the part number which is engraved into the heatspreader, the modules look exactly like every other Ballistix Elite out there. As we have already stated before, we are huge fans of this design as it’s both attractive and cooling efficient.
SPD that is flashed inside is also clean and simple. Combined with information about the
manufacturer, part and serial numbers, it also features three JEDEC profiles with an additional XMP that will automatically set the memory to its rated speed on Intel platforms.
Memory heatspreaders are meant not to be removed by end users. Crucial must have clearly had this idea in mind as undressing the Ballistix Elite is quite a challenge.
With heatspreaders out of the way, we see that 2GB modules use the same Micron memory ICs as their bigger
4GB brothers. This time Crucial doesn’t hide the model – D9PFJ is clearly written on the chips.
Another thing to note is that these modules are single-sided. Although this makes them lighter on the memory controller, easier to bin and cheaper to make, using one memory bank per module slightly reduces performance in certain benchmarks, so the benching community won’t like what they’ll see.
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