Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's
multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine
technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond
the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as
Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the
most out of the game.
We're not videocard limited in UT2003
at 640x480, yet the DDR-2 memory modules perform the same. Overclocking boosts
frame rates slightly, but I doubt you'd notice it when gaming.
Unreal Tournament 2004
Unreal Tournament 2004 is the
sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest
Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders
and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard to you plan to play
At stock speeds
the Crucial PC4200 DDR2 memory performs the same as the Samsung which
shouldn't be much of a surprise. Overclocking boosts score slightly which should be important
DDR memory has served the market well these last three years, but it has gone as
far as it can go. Just look at how enthusiast suppliers are raising memory voltages,
and even memory timings, in an attempt to reach higher speeds.
Once consumers have made the transition to DDR-2, scaling
higher systems will be much easier for manufacturers. And with this in mind, the
Crucial PC4200 DDR-2 modules are bit conservative. The memory comes with timings
of 4-4-4, yet we had no problems running the Crucial PC4200 DDR2 DIMM's at a more aggressive 3-3-3
The performance of the Crucial DDR-2 PC4200 RAM was
exactly as we expected. In pretty much every benchmark, these two sticks of
256MB DDR-2, ran identical to Samsung PC4200 we compared them against. Samsung
are known for their quality memory, so the results are encouraging.
We're not sure of the true overclocking limit Crucial's DDR-2 will go, given
that the test system ran into the Intel FSB lock, but once we get a
motherboard that's a bit more powerful we'll retest these DDR-2 modules and
find out. Bottom line, if you want a cutting edge system with DDR-2, Crucial should be one of the first manufacturers
you look to.
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