Crucial 2GB kit (1GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-8500 memory module

Conclusion

Testing:

Intel Extreme X6800
MSI K9N Neo-F motherboard
Crucial Pc2 8500
Sapphire X300 video card
Maxtor IDE 133 80GB HDD 7200 RPM
Zalman ZM460-APS

The memory will be tested with the following software, Sisoft Sandra XI Professional, Everest Home Edition, SuperPi and Pcmark2005.

We used the following ram kits to compare with, Corsair 8888C4DE and Mushkin Pc2-8500.

Everest Home Edition:

Crucial 2GB kit (1GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-8500 memory module

In Everest we are able to measure, Read, Write and Delay performance. One again the Mushkin seems unbeatable but we still got a few tests to go and then finally the most important overclocking test.

SuperPi:

Crucial 2GB kit (1GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-8500 memory module

8M is in our eyes the best way to show the speed difference in our eyes, I guess 2M would do the work also. The lower time the better is what counts in SuperPi. We can see that we got the exact same times on all kits in this test.

Overclocking Results:

Crucial 2GB kit (1GBx2), Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-8500 memory module

Some small changes and testing can give you a nice boost on your memory performance. We can see this in the graph above, the ram went upp all the way to 306*11 which is above the specifications. The ram voltage as this stage was at 1.95V which is not to bad seeing the good results. The timings at 306*11 was at stock speeds.

We were able to run the ram at a bit lower timings. We got it all the way down to 5-5-5-12 at 295*11 FSB. This setup did not run SuperPi though we were able to run SuperPi at 290*11 FSB.

Conclusion:

This is a good memory kit and I have tried to find out something that it stands out of the crowd for and that is the price, for 179$USD you get a really nice performing memory kit that also overclockes well. Even during heavy overclocking the ram does not heat up to bad and it maintains the stability it has during stock speeds. The only con I could see was that it was outperformed during stock speeds but the difference is so limited that you won’t even notice it under normal use. Overall it’s a great kit for a small amount of money.

Pros:

+ Stable performance
+ Good price
+ Well packed
+ Nice looking
+ Overclocks well

Cons:

– Stock speed performance

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