Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2 8000 (1000Mhz) 2 gig kit
Posted by: Rchiilleea on: 09.09.2006 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Install is straightforward, I suggest you always remove the mains plug before changing anything in your PC.
OK, on to testing.
Non removable disks
2x 250-GB Maxtor
Pioneer 16x speed D/L†
(testing software used)
Sisoft Sandra pro Memory Bandwidth, Lavalys Everest Memory Benchmarks and PCmark
Game based benches used
3Mark06, HalfLife2, F.E.A,R , Quake4
First up was to get the CPU up to speed as well as putting the FSB up to get the ram to run at 1000mhz, I was expecting a few trial and errors here but to my surprise there wasnít. Here are the CPU id screenshots.
Everest ultimate edition CPU id info.
Let us get on with benching shall we and see how this kit really performs first up Sandra!
Sandra 2005 pro Memory Bandwidth
On the Sandra test there was nothing in it, just a few points here and there, this is the closest result I have seen from identical spec modules personally so it was inclusive for me here.
Everest is a fairly new benchmarking and hardware information tool from Lavalys.† Their home-edition software is available for download at www.lavalys.com, which includes the benchmarks used here.
Again only slightly better on the Everest tests I reran these tests with all sets involved just to make sure the results are the same give or take 10-20 either way. You cant complain really as the Kingston performed well and the Crucial just scoring a few above means it is more than capable of performing well as well.
As you can see there was not much difference here on PC mark, let us see if we can change that with some game based tests.
On 3Dmark 06 there was a performance increase and although marginal it was a bigger jump than any of the other tests. With that in mind let us see what happens in the game FPS tests.
As with the 3Dmark test there was a little improvement over the Kingston set. Although marginal again.†
I do not think this game needs any introduction as in my opinion there is no point playing it without 2 gig of ram. Yes it is playable and yes it can still look good. Nevertheless, this is one game that really needs that extra gig.
Again the same sort of result as we had with the previous game, at least we know the 2 gig Crucial kit is more than up to the challenge.
On Quake 4 we see some different results with the Crucial closely tied with the Kingston set. Donít be put off by this as it shows the Crucial kit is on par if not a minute bit better than the Kingston which performed well.
Well I have to say I was quite surprised with this result, the Kingston would only let me get an extra 10 MHz and the Crucial didnít allow me to go past 1015 no matter what I tried. So I went to head for the timings. There was still no more juice coming from these. The next course of action was to try to lower the timings then add more volts, so a fan came out and the ram was set to 2.3 and the memory timing changed to 5,5,5,14. This was stable and I am still running it now.
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