Crucial Ballistix PC5300 DDR2 Memory Review

Memory by JNav89GT @ 2004-11-29

There has been alot of controversy surrounding Intel?s introduction of Socket T/775 motherboards, of which DDR2 has not escaped. However, DDR2 has been proclaimed the future memory standard by Intel, and like it or not Intel does dictate the majority of standards for our PCs. Crucial has stepped up to the enthusiest?s plate with their PC2-5300 Ballistix DDR2 memory which promises 667mhz memory speeds at timings of 4:4:4:10.

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Synthetic Benchmarks

Benchmarks Used:

  • Futuremark PCMark 2004
  • Futuremark 3DMark 2001SE(build 330)
  • Super Pi 1MB Test-Lower is better
  • Cachemem
  • Sciencemark 2.0 Beta
  • Aida32 Memory Write Speed(default low details, no optimization otherwise)
  • SiSoft Sandra Memory Bandwidth-Buffered

    System Benchmarking

    System benchmarks were run at speeds listed below at FSB/CPU speed/Memory MHz respectively:

  • 200MHz FSB/3GHz CPU/533 MHz Memory
  • 240MHz FSB/3.6GHz CPU/640 MHz Memory
  • 250MHz FSB/3.75GHz CPU/667 MHz Memory (default rated speed of memory)
  • 255MHz FSB/3.825GHz CPU/680 MHz Memory

    Onto the results:

    Madshrimps (c)

    PCMark2004 is an application-based benchmark and tool for measuring overall PC performance. Results show a rather large jump from 200MHz FSB/3.0GHZ/533MHz to 240MHz FSB/3.6GHz CPU/640MHz Memory frequency. Scores continue to scale thereafter as well. By 3.825GHz scores are quite respectable.

    Madshrimps (c)

    Actually I was quite surprised with these results. With a mainstream graphics card, I was not expecting to break 20k marks, but I was proven wrong. Again we see a rather large increase in performance from the jump up to 240MHz FSB/3.6GHz CPU/640MHz Memory frequency. Scores continue to increase slightly as the fsb/cpu/memory frequencies are scaled.

    Madshrimps (c)

    Results for Super Pi continue to improve as system speeds increase. I would say at default speeds the Super Pi scores leave quite a bit to be desired; however by 3.825GHz the scores become respectable.

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