Such a simplistic component should have less packaging, and the Black Edition modules are given over to this idea. They are encased in a clear plastic covering. Whilst this is minimalistic it would be nice to see companies trying, wherever possible to make this packaging recyclable. After all, this is one of the big concerns these days.
Being clear, the modules can be seen through the casing. On the reverse we have some information giving the usual technical specifications.
If you have seen or had the pleasure of using OCZ platinum, gold or silver series you will be familiar with the XTC heat spreader that OCZ dress the modules in. Following on from the great success this cooling solution offers, OCZ have decided to use the XTC heat spreader on the Black Edition memory modules also - but this time they are obviously black!
With the XTC heatsinks being low profile and standard height, you will suffer little if none compatibility problems when installing on the motherboard. Some kits come with extravagant heatsinks causing the modules to clash with the bottom of CPU heatsinks but clearance issues are certainly something the Black Edition kit avoids.
The dual channel kit in this review is rated at 8-8-8-24 at 1.65v and being PC3-12800 this memory operates at 1600MHz by default.