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Our recent tests of different platforms with Sandy Bridge processors and various memory modules proved that the most optimal solution today will be DDR3-1600 SDRAM. On average, memory like that costs a little more than the common DDR3-1333, but a few extra bucks may guarantee higher performance that will be comparable with the scale of your additional financial investment. However, if you are eager to agree with our arguments and your primary goal is to purchase not some unique high-speed overclocker memory, but something like DDR3-1600 SDRAM, then you will face a different problem – problem of choice.

There are a lot of different DDR3-1600 SDRAM kits from a wide variety of overclocker memory makers in stores today. It is not surprising at all, actually, because DDR3-1600 SDRAM has long turned from elite offerings to mainstream solutions. These memory modules may differ slightly in price and default timings, but their primary distinguishing feature is, actually, their exterior appeal. In fact, the manufacturers understand it also very well, that is why they have been experimenting with heat-spreader size, shapes and colors for quite some time now. Another popular trend is adding some LED lighting to the modules that would reflect the intensity of processor requests. Actually, if you have a system case with one of those transparent windows on the side, then you will have no problem finding a memory kit that would meet your aesthetic vision.

However, even among mainstream DDR3-1600 SDRAM memory kits there are unique products that stand out nicely. One of products like that is going to be the main subject of our today’s review. I am talking about Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer series from Micron. This particular memory series has three unique advantages: well-known manufacturer – LexarMedia Company owned by Micron, unique looks created by colorful LEDs, and a useful Ballistix MOD Utility tool that comes with the modules.

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