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Crucial PC2700 DDR333 Memory Review

Crucial PC2700 DDR333 Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: With the recent JEDEC approval of the DDR333 (PC2700) standard Crucial is one of the first memory companies to release compliant DDR RAM.
 86% Rating:   
Filed under: Memory Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Crucial.com May 06 2002   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Memory > Crucial.com PC2700 DDR

3DMark benchmarks, QIII, RTCW & Conclusions

3DMark2001 SE Source: MadOnion

3DMark2001 SE is the latest installment in the 3DMark series by MadOnion. By combining DirectX8 support with completely new graphics, it continues to provide good overall system benchmarks. 3DMark2001 SE has been created in cooperation with the major 3D accelerator and processor manufacturers to provide a reliable set of diagnostic tools. The suite demonstrates 3D gaming performance by using real-world gaming technology to test a system's true performance abilities. Tests include: DirectX8 Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites, DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping, support for Full Scene Anti-aliasing and Texture Compression and two game tests using Ipion real-time physics. Higher 3DMark scores denote better performance.

3DMark2001 SE Default Benchmark Results
Memory (FSB/Memory) 3DMarks Ranking
1.

256MB Crucial PC2700 DDR (166/333 MHz)

11233
2.

256MB Crucial PC2700 DDR (180/360 MHz)

11845

The Crucial PC2700 does quite well in 3DMark2001, attaining some very respectable numbers at stock speeds. Please keep in mind the 60 MHz CPU speed differences though.

Quake III Arena

Source: ID Software

Quake III Arena is a First Person Shooter (FPS) that revolutionized gaming as we know it. Using multiple light sources and having graphics textures that can fill videocards, even after 3 years it's still able to bring a cutting edge system to its knees.

Quake III Arena Fastest demo001

Memory (FSB/Memory)

FPS Ranking
1.

256MB Crucial PC2700 DDR (166/333 MHz)

281.3
2.

256MB Crucial PC2700 DDR (180/360 MHz)

296.4

Quake III Arena Fastest nv15demo

Memory (FSB/Memory)

FPS Ranking
1.

256MB Crucial PC2700 DDR (166/333 MHz)

81.6
2.

256MB Crucial PC2700 DDR (180/360 MHz)

83.7

This is pure Quake III gaming bliss. Again, keep in mind that the CPU speed difference is 60 MHz which accounts for the differences found in the nv15demo

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Source: ID Software

Return to Castle Wolfenstein is a relatively new game benchmark. However, RTCW takes up where Quake III left off and continues to form the basis of the first person shooter system stressing that QIII has become a hallmark for. Based upon the Quake III engine, RTCS is obviously going to be quite taxing on even a top end system. Higher numbers denote faster frames per second (FPS), and hence, better performance.

RTCW (640x480 atdemo6) Benchmark Results

Memory (FSB/Memory)

(FPS) Ranking
1.

256MB Crucial PC2700 DDR (166/333 MHz)

60.9
2

256MB Crucial PC2700 DDR (180/360 MHz)

63.1

RTCW (640x480 atdemo8) Benchmark Results

Memory (FSB/Memory)

(FPS) Ranking
1.

256MB Crucial PC2700 DDR (166/333 MHz)

167.5
2

256MB Crucial PC2700 DDR (180/360 MHz)

174.3

RTCW confirms what Quake III says at 166 MHz FSB, the Crucial PC2700 has no problems what so ever and at 180 MHz FSB, things are just that much sweeter.

Conclusions

Crucial has done it again. Their JEDEC compliant PC2700 or "DDR333" RAM offers amazing performance from 166 MHz all the way up to 180 MHz! Like all Crucial memory, their PC2700 DDR RAM is priced very competitive; at $170 CDN it's some of the least expensive DDR333 approved RAM around with a lifetime warranty.

While 180 MHz FSB is nothing to be ashamed of, we were a little disappointed that the Crucial memory wouldn't go higher. Could this be a limitation of not having heat spreaders perhaps? Probably not, but it might be a good marketing addition for Crucial to consider adding. The PC2700 DDR memory does generate a bit of heat so a little cooling couldn't hurt.

If you're a performance user/enthusiast or just use your computer for word processing, you won't be disappointed with the Crucial PC2700 DDR RAM - just remember you have to be overclocking your system to take advantage of its full potential!

Head on over to the forums and let us know what you think of Crucial's DDR333 - is its the performance up to snuff?

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Contents of Article: Crucial.com PC2700 DDR
 Pg 1.  Crucial PC2700 DDR333 Memory Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking The Crucial PC2700
 Pg 3.  — 3DMark benchmarks, QIII, RTCW & Conclusions

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