Page 2: A Closer Look
Wondering what a $500 memory kit looks like? Here it is, in mobile form anyway. Unlike the desktop sector, most notebook memory kits don’t come with heatspreaders. Part of the reason is because they take up too much space and could render the SO-DIMMs incompatible with some notebooks. And in most cases, this should be a non-issue, as the majority of notebooks don’t come equipped with overclocking-friendly BIOSes anyway.
On the technical side, our Crucial 8GB kit consists of unbuffered, non-ECC, 512Meg x 64 memory chips on a green printed circuit board (PCB). It comes rated at 1.5V, so it should work in any DDR3-based notebook.
The bigger the kit the looser the latencies, right? Not necessarily. Higher latencies are typically associated with higher frequencies, and since this is a modest DDR3-1066 kit, Crucial managed to keep the timings down to a respectable 7-7-7-20.