Packaging and Crucial Ballistix
Upon arrival, our box looks like it had a rough ride to the house, but the damages are contained to the cardboard outer packaging. In the box, we see a sticker at the top, providing the density speed and voltage of the kit inside. In the middle is a window to get a look at the heat spreader design and verify color, while at the bottom, we see Crucial's name, Micron's name, and the Ballistix Gaming Memory series name. The internal packaging is plastic, which creates a shell around the sticks and saves our memory from even the slightest scuff.
The back of the box offers up the warranty terms at the top, before you get to any of the naming. In eleven languages is explained that these kits are engineered for speed and optimized for both camps. It also states to visit the site for additional information, which is then listed at the bottom, above the social media channels, and the dog tag containing the part number.
With nothing to block our view, we can now appreciate the design that Crucial puts on the Ballistix memory, which does differ slightly from what is found on the Ballistix RGB. The heat spreader design is more straightforward than most we see, yet still adds style, while not getting aggressive or over the top. With matte black spreaders and matte white paint applied for the names, these sticks will blend right in and become a part of the backdrop.
The opposite side of the sticks looks identical to what we saw previously, down to all but one detail, the sticker near the bottom. It is there that we see the part number, this time ending in M16FE1, and that they were assembled in Mexico. Below all of that, there is the density of the stick its speed with the XMP profile, as well as the timings and voltages windows should boot with once XMP or DOCP is enabled.
Even when it comes to the top of the heat spreader, Crucial was able to add style, yet at the same time, deliver something that many will appreciate with their system. We see similarities to things like Ripjaws, or bits that look like gun parts, but all the same, we feel the appearance with the Ballistix name as the only thing of contrast is a good look for Crucial!
On both sides of each B1 PCB are eight ICs, sixteen on each stick in total, all of which are Micron D9VPP MT40A1G8SA-075:E, and for those who keep up on what is hot currently, there is much chatter of how impressive the Micron E-die ICs are!
Installing the 32GB worth of our black Ballistix memory on our ASUS C8H Wi-Fi, we like the look, and the memory nearly disappears into the background, if not for the hints of white that attract the eyes. While we typically prefer not to see the product sticker from this side, it is much easier to see, should you run into an issue and not want to remove the stick to gather than information.
Installed on the AsRock X299 OCF, we get an idea of how it would look if you wanted to populate all of the slots on a mainstream motherboard. Even though you do lose some of the visual appeal by blocking more of the sides of the heat spreaders, we have no complaints about how it looks in this arrangement!
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Crucial Ballistix]
- Page 3 [Test System Details]
- Page 4 [AMD Performance]
- Page 5 [Intel Performance]
- Page 6 [Final Thoughts]