Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 2GB DDR2 Kit

Packaging & Appearance


Most memory modules that I've reviewed in the past have been packaged in a clear plastic blister pack. This seems to work well for showing off sexy heatspreader designs, but doesn't always provide optimal protection for the memory against damage.

Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 DDR2 Box Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 Packet

As with the previously reviewed PC2-6400 modules, Crucial have decided to package their Ballistix modules in a double walled cardboard box sealed with a Crucial sticker. This may look very plain, but certainly serves its purpose in protecting the modules contained within. To prevent any damage from static electricity occurring to the memory, each module is individually packaged in a sealed anti-static bag.


Crucial have been using the the same heatspreaders for all of their Ballistix range for almost a year now. Therefore it was no surprise to see the PC2-8500 modules furnished with the very same gold clip-on design that we first became acquainted with in the previous Ballistix review.

Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 Front Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 Back

Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 Heatspreader Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 PCB

The Ballistix modules use a full-cover heatspreader design finished in metallic gold paint with an aluminium silver surround. Printed on the right-hand side of the module is a black and red Ballistix logo. A nice touch is the black PCB, which looks rather extreme when compared to the more standard green that we've come to expect from other manufacturers.
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27-03-2007, 07:48:36

$1000USD MSRP...well if its faster than a R600 Need some benchmarks though.Quote

27-03-2007, 07:58:41

Gotta love the graphics "game". nVidia are just playing it as usual. This time though I don't know whether ATI will have a product that has better IQ...unlike the X1800/X1900 series.Quote

27-03-2007, 13:33:28

why is it ATi are always so late introducing new technology?? it was the same for 9.0C as well, Nvidia are always first to bring it out then ATi follow second :SQuote

27-03-2007, 13:35:26

But NVIDIA rushes them out whereas ATI don't, e.g. the whole FX series was shocking. But I still love NVIDIA Quote

27-03-2007, 14:19:33

^^ fanboy. But seriously, $1000? the most expensive (gamer targeted) card ever?Quote

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