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Crucial PC3200 DDR400 256MB Memory Review

Crucial PC3200 DDR400 256MB Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: After JEDEC approved the PC3200 standard in Dec. 2002, manufacturers began the rush to not only get their DDR400 memory compliant.
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Filed under: Memory Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Crucial Apr 09 2003   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: Sandra, PCMark2002

PCStats Test System Specs #1:

Computer Hardware:

Processor:

AthlonXP 3000+

Clock Speed:

13 x 166 MHz = 2.17 GHz

11 x 200 MHz = 2.2 GHz

Motherboards: Epox 8RDA+
Chipset: nVIDIA nForce2 SPP
Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2
2x 256MB OCZ PC2700 EL
2x 256MB Crucial PC3200*

Hard Drive: 20GB Maxtor DiamondMax+
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK-6 W/40CFM YS Tech
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
nForce 2.03
ATi Catalyst 3.1

* - Crucial Memory was running 3-4-4-8 timings at 200 MHz FSB.

PCStats Test System Specs #2:

Computer Hardware:

Processor:

Pentium 4 1.6A

Clock Speed:

16 x 133 MHz = 2.13 GHz*

16 x 150 MHz = 2.4 GHz**

Motherboards: Abit IT7 MAX2 Rev2
Chipset: i845PE
Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9700 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Crucial PC3200*

Hard Drive: 20GB Maxtor DiamondMax+
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Swiftech MCW5000-P
PowerSupply: Enermax 550W PSU
Software Setup WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF's 4.30
ATi Catalyst 3.1
Benchmarks

SiSoft Sandra 2003 Pro
PCMark2002
3DMark2001 SE
Quake III Arena
UT2003

* - At 133 MHz FSB we were using the 3/4 memory divider which means memory was running 354 MHz and was using 2-2-2-5 memory timings.

** - At 150 MHz FSB with the 3/4 memory divider enabled, memory was running 400 MHz and was using 2.5-3-3-6 timings.

Sisoft Sandra 2003 Pro Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Higher numbers represent better performance.

SiSoft Sandra 2003 Benchmark Results

Memory Benchmark (FSB/Memory)

AMD/ALU

1. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 (166/333 MHz) 2581 MB/s
2. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB OCZ PC2700 EL (166/333 MHz) 2575 MB/s
3. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (166/333 MHz) 2584 MB/s
4. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (200/400 MHz) 3083 MB/s

Intel/ALU

5 Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (133/354 MHz) 2699 MB/s
6 Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (150/400 MHz) 3035 MB/s

AMD/FPU

1. Float FPU - 2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 (166/333 MHz) 2449 MB/s
2. Float FPU - 2x 256MB OCZ PC2700 EL (166/333 MHz) 2454 MB/s
3. Float FPU - 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (166/333 MHz) 2459 MB/s
4. Float FPU - 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (200/400 MHz)

2883 MB/s

Intel/ALU

5. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (133/354 MHz) 2698 MB/s
6. Integer ALU - 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (150/400 MHz) 3034 MB/s

SiSoft Sandra does not care very much about memory timings, that's why the bandwidth is about what we'd expect from memory running at 200 MHz FSB.

PCMark 2002 Source: MadOnion

PCMark is a new benchmark from our pals at MadOnion which a whole system benchmark. It can be used on desktop PC's, Laptops and even Workstations and tests everyday computing from home to office usage. PCMark specifically stresses the CPU, memory subsystem, graphics subsystem, hard drives, WindowsXP GUI (if WinXP is used), video performance and even laptop batteries. This benchmark was released March 12, 2002 and can be downloaded from Madonion if you would like to give it a test run on your computer for comparisons sake...

PCMark2002 Benchmark Results

AMD Memory (FSB/Memory)

Score

Ranking

1 2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 (166/333 MHz) 5904
2. 2x 256MB OCZ PC2700 EL (166/333 MHz) 5904
3. 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (166/333 MHz) 5907
4. 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (200/400 MHz) 6535

Intel Memory (FSB/Memory)

1. 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (133/354 MHz) 6300
2. 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (150/400 MHz) 7184

With the AMD based system, it's no surprise that the stock performance is all the same at stock speeds. Pentium 4 based systems have always had more bandwidth then AMD that's why the Intel numbers are so high relatively speaking.

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Contents of Article: Crucial PC3200
 Pg 1.  Crucial PC3200 DDR400 256MB Memory Review
 Pg 2.  — Benchmarks: Sandra, PCMark2002
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE, QIII Arena
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion

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