Crucial Ballistix 1600mhz & MOD Review
RAM very rarely comes in anything approaching unique packaging, and nor does it need to. I've always found it curious that something so statically sensitive comes in two sides of plastic that need to be pulled apart. It's almost a recipe for static. However it is standard across all manufacturers and so clearly works.
As the Ballistix line has moved on and been refined through the years it always kept its very distinctive gold heatspreader. After all with brand identity being such a huge part of any business if you're keeping the name you might as well keep the colour scheme. So it's with some disappointment we see that this kit is far more generic with a black heatspreader and only the Ballistix name giving a clue.
However it's important to note, and also remember through the rest of this review, that this isn't one of Crucials full-on all-out kits. So in a lot of ways it makes sense they've kept the all-gold look to their high-end products and this kit, being about the bottom of the Ballistix line, is more sedate.
Finally we get a close look at the size and see that modern heatspreader design has started to be refined to the point we no longer see curious attempts to be cooler. In much the same way that most CPU coolers have taken up the four heat-pipe + tower design.