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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-02 11:57
Subject: Invisibling
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About a month ago, I decided that my home PC could probably do with a little more RAM. It was previously running a 32-bit variety of Windows, which meant that any more than its installed 3GB of RAM would have been pointless, but I had upgraded to 64-bit Windows 7.

So I decided that I'd up the amount to 8GB, which would be 4 sticks of 2GB each. I then went off to look for suitable memory, and settled on a pair of Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB kits (matched pairs of 2GB sticks, DDR2 800MHz). Why that particular memory? Well, a good brand, 4-4-4-12 timing rather than 5-5-5-15, and heat spreaders to help keep it a bit cooler.

Note to mention the price: £50 + VAT per kit from Novatech. (No, don't look, it's now £75 + VAT per kit). They didn't have it in stock, but never mind, I wasn't in a hurry, this was a luxury upgrade, not a required one.

It finally arrived yesterday, and I installed it. It's nice RAM, if a little underutilised, but it was going to be future proofing. There's just one feature ...

That 'Tracer' in the title?

It means that there are LEDs on the RAM packages. There are blue LEDs along the pin edges, nicely lighting up the circuit board, and red/green LEDs along the opposite edge, merrily chasing themselves in random patterns.

It's a shame my case cover is opaque and that whole effect is totally wasted.
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Barry: 12 Wizard Speed Time
User: hobnobs
Date: 2009-12-02 14:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:12 Wizard Speed Time
When I built the box I use now I went for Ballistix Tracer myself, and it's been solid since the day I got it.

Although the LEDs aren't random, strictly speaking. They have a defined order for the lighting order, and cycle through it according to how memory read/copy/write activity occurs - which is close enough.
(I have a case with a see through side, and have watched them many times whilst bored in a kind of "oooh, shiny" way. :) )
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-12-02 14:22 (UTC)
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The Tracers are definitely nice looking packages, and as I said, the price was good (I suspect Novatech underpriced them, and/or there's been a heck of a price jump in DDR2 in the last month). I'd have been plenty happy with straight Ballistix though. The concealed blue LEDs shining on black aluminium in my case door is quite sufficiently shiny for me.
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