The Crucial story starts with Micron Technology, Inc., one of the largest dynamic random access memory (DRAM) manufacturers in the world and the only one based in the U.S. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, Micron manufactures DRAM chips and assembles them into high-quality memory modules for sale to original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") worldwide. Over the past 26 years, Micron has learned that when you make some of the very best memory in the world, lots of companies want it, from computer makers to wireless device manufacturers to printer producers.
But then Micron asked, well, what about the end user? What about the everyday folks who want to upgrade their existing systems with OEM-quality memory—the home desktop user, the IT network guy, the student notebook user? Why don't we offer our memory to the public, at factory-direct pricing? So in 1996, Micron responded to a growing demand for high-quality memory upgrades among end users who wanted the best possible performance from their systems. Micron launched Crucial Technology in November of that year, and for the first time, end users had the opportunity to buy directly from the manufacturer the same memory modules bought by the world's major OEMs for original installation in their systems.
Today we are looking at the 1GB kit (512MBx2) DDR2 PC2-5300 Ballistix Tracer 240-pin DIMM (with LEDs) high-performance memory modules, with DDR2 now nearing its final potential we are starting to see quality performance DDR2 hit the shelves and finally showing improvements over DDR1. With this set rated at 667 with timings of 4, 4, 4, 10 I am hoping to see some excellent results, so without ranting on here let us get on with the review.
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