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Closer Look: Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000

We received a kit of two Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 modules 512MB each. These modules were intended for use in systems with the dual-channel memory controller. The part number of a kit like that is BL2KIT6464AA1005, which serves to identify these memory modules. Note that Crucial is also offering the same memory modules of higher capacity: 1GB each.

The Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 kit we received arrived in our lab in a common carton box, with the memory modules packed into antistatic plastic bags. Unlike many other memory makers, Crucial doesn’t use any transparent plastic packaging with multi-color leaflets inside, but ships its memory in traditional cartons. This type of packaging doesn’t have any remarkable distinguishing features, but serves its purpose well enough protecting the modules against physical damage during transportation.

The memory modules included into Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 kit are built on black PCBs and are equipped with standard aluminum heat-spreaders with yellow anodization. The heat-spreaders carry the URL of the company’s official web-site – crucial.com, and the name of the product series – Ballistix, both written in black color. There are no technical details or specifications mentioned anywhere on the memory modules. There is only a small sticker with the product part number, which you can use to find the info about these memory modules on the manufacturer’s site.

The official specifications of the Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 (BL2KIT6464AA1005) look as follows:

  • Frequency: 1000MHz;
  • Nominal timings: 5-5-5-15;
  • Organization: 64M x 8 DDR2;
  • Nominal voltage: 2.2V;
  • The set includes two 240-pin unbuffered DDR SDRAM modules, each 512MB big, without ECC support;
  • Aluminum heat-spreaders with yellow anodization;
  • Life-time warranty.

So, Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 joined the team of DDR2 memory modules intended to work at 1GHz+ frequencies with the highest latencies. However, as our practical experiments have proven so far, modules like that can very often work at frequencies below 667MHz but with very aggressive timing settings, in other words, modules like that may very often turn out universal.

 
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