2. Opening the box
Crucial provided us with the retail package of the 2GB kit (1GBx2), Ballistix Tracer (BL2KIT12864TA1336), which is currently sold at Crucial's online store for ~$110.
The kit arrived in our lab in a common box, with the memory modules packed into antistatic plastic bags.
The memory modules are placed between the aluminum heatspreaders.
What is unique for the BallistiX Tracer memory kits is the series of LEDS placed at the top side of the modules that circulate in a random pattern based on memory utilization.
A custom-designed circuit relays bus activity to the LEDs, allowing them to reflect usage of each memory module. In addition, eight blue ground effects LEDs emit a constant glow near the pins:
We installed the memory and fired up the CPU-Z utility that provides some information about the modules.
According to the software, the Crucial BallistiX Tracer PC3-10600 2x1GB memory does not support either Nvidia's EPP profiles nor Intel's XMP profiles, meaning that you should expect only the standard JEDEC timings for 444, 593 and 667MHz, which of course are very relaxed... Hopefully the memory modules will perform much better, as we will see the later in the overclocking tests.
Even more information is provided by Lavalys Everest edition: