Today We is taking a look at Crucials' newest memory offering, the Ballistix DDR500 PC4000. We'd like the thank the fine folks over at Crucial for supplying us with 2 X 512MB Ballistix modules. We will be running this memory on the AMD64 939 platform against Corsair's XMS4400 memory. The Crucial Ballistix memory uses a Cas latency of 2.5-4-4-8 @ 2.8 volts.
The gold heatspreaders on the modules make the Ballistix memory stand out.
Specifications & Features
Module Size: 512MB
Package: Ballistix 184-pin DIMM
Feature: DDR PC4000
Configuration: 64Meg x 64
DIMM Type: UNBUFFERED
Error Checking: NON-ECC
Memory Timings: 2.5-4-4-8
What is Ballistix?
The Ballistix line of high-performance memory modules features advanced speed grades, low latencies, and integrated aluminum heat spreaders. The Ballistix line is 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!
Our Ballistix line of high-performance memory comes in 184-pin DIMMs (DDR1) and 240-pin DIMMs (DDR2). (Ballistix Tracer memory currently comes only in 184-pin DIMMS.)
What is a Ballistix 184-pin DIMM?
A dual inline memory module (DIMM) consists of a number of memory components (usually black) that are attached to a printed circuit board (usually green). The gold pins on the bottom of the DIMM provide a connection between the module and a socket on a larger printed circuit board. The pins on the front and back of a DIMM are not connected to each other.
Ballistix 184-pin DIMMs are used to provide DDR SDRAM memory for desktop computers. Ballistix 184-pin DIMMs are available in PC3200 DDR (DDR400) SDRAM or PC4000 DDR (DDR500) SDRAM. Ballistix Tracer 184-pin DIMMs are available in PC4000 DDR (DDR500) SDRAM. To use DDR memory, your system motherboard must have 184-pin DIMM slots and a DDR-enabled chipset. A DDR SDRAM DIMM will not fit into a standard SDRAM DIMM socket. (Information about which memory technology your system uses is included in the Crucial?Memory Advisor?tool.)
The number of black components on a Ballistix 184-pin DIMM can vary, but it always has 92 pins on the front and 92 pins on the back, for a total of 184. Ballistix 184-pin DIMMs are approximately 5.25 inches long and 1.25 inches high, though the heights can vary. While 184-pin DIMMs and 168-pin DIMMs are approximately the same size, 184-pin DIMMs have only one notch within the row of pins.
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