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Crucial PC2-4200 DDR-2 Memory Review

Crucial PC2-4200 DDR-2 Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Each module is 256MB in size, and the FBGA DRAM (the small back memory chips) are rated to run with 4-4-4 memory timings, at 200 MHz, while drawing just 1.8V.
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External Mfg. Website: Crucial Aug 09 2004   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004, Conclusions

Unreal Tournament 2003

Source:Epic

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.

UT2003 - 640x480
Flyby FPS Ranking

2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 (200/533)

235.88

2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (200/533)

235.12

2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (216/575)

245.62
Botmatch FPS Ranking

2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 (200/533)

81.2

2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (200/533)

81.52

2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (216/575)

89.43

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

Source: Epic

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 competitvely.

UT2004 - 640x480
dm-rankin FPS Ranking

2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 (200/533)

87.49

2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (200/533)

87.42

2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (216/575)

90.09

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FPS

2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 (200/533)

51.12

2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (200/533)

51.14

2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (216/575)

54.58

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 to gamers.

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 pace.

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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Contents of Article: Crucial PC4200
 Pg 1.  Crucial PC2-4200 DDR-2 Memory Review
 Pg 2.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004, Conclusions

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