Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR2-800

Posted on September 9, 2007
Author: Sean Potter
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Crucial was created by Micron in 1996 as a response to consumers wanting memory upgrades to get the best possible performance from their systems. Currently, they offer over 217,000 upgrades for more than 27,000 desktops, notebooks, servers, printers, routers, and other electronic devices on their website.

Crucial's Website & Tools

Crucial has one of the most useful manufacturer websites we've ever come across. As soon as the page has loaded, you're greeted with two options to find the best possible memory upgrades for your system: Selection by Motherboard, or a System Scanner.
I figured the System scanner would be the best way to go. I was feeling a little lazy and didn't feel like looking up my motherboard's model. I use Firefox as my primary browser and it ended up that the scanner only supported Internet Explorer, as it depends on some whacky ActiveX stuff. Luckily, they offer a downloadable version of the scanner that just pops up a new window of Firefox with the results. I chose to take the Internet Explorer path just to watch the nifty web dialog.
As I already have 2GB of RAM on this motherboard, the website reported that there were no compatbile upgrades for my system. I found that a little odd, as the RAM I have installed is value-level RAM that isn't even matched for Dual-Channel. I bet if there was only one stick of RAM in then it would give me a few upgrade options.
I went back to the homepage to select upgrades by motherboard. I was impressed for many manufacturers and devices they had in their database. You're not limited to motherboards, but entire systems, printers, everything. I don't think I've ever come across a more complete list. I selected my manufacturer as ECS, then selected motherboard, and found the GeForce6100SM-M. It returned all the memory they had that was compatible with my motherboard. The screenshots below show me looking for RAM for the new motherboard coming soon, the Asus M2N4-SLI.
I'm very much a computer enthusiast, and if I'm ordering new RAM, I want the good stuff. Crucial's enthusiast RAM happens to be the Ballistix branding. This RAM comes with black heatspreaders, and you have the option of ordering it with LEDs that signal current activity. After selecting my motherboard, I looked for a 2GB kit of RAM and narrowed it down to RAM with LEDs. RAM with LEDs would look wicked sick in my case window.
I wanted some space for overclocking to get that extra performance if I ever needed it, so it looks like the 2GB DDR2-800 will be on our bench today. Overall, Crucial makes it extremely easy to find the proper upgrades for your specific motherboard. They have two tools available for you. I'm suggesting you use the manual look-up process, rather than their system scanner. If you have all your RAM slots filled, I'm not sure if it will list any upgrades. Even with my 2GB installed, it didn't suggest any 4GB upgrades, which Crucial does offer.

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