It's great to see how individual memory stacks up
against one another under stock configuration, but we're also going to show how
they stack up to each other when overclocked. The results are listed below for
some of the recent memory to cross our test bench. The higher the speed, the
On both AMD
and Intel platforms the Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 DDR memory overclocks very well.
We were able to overclock it to 251 MHz which is extremely fast for Athlon64, and on the
Intel rig it maxed out at 262 MHz. It's a shame that the Tracer PC4000 DDR couldn't
run with tighter CAS timings though.
Bright Lights, Cool Memory
With a majority of
enthusiasts still rocking away with DDR memory (and ignoring DDR-2), manufacturers have had to
be creative to woo potential consumers. Adding little LED lights that represent
memory activity seem to be the current craze, and Crucial have taken that ball and
are now running with it. Enter the companies' Ballistix Tracer memory
With eighteen red/green alternating
activity LEDs on the top and eight blue underlight LED's near the pins,
the Crucial Ballistix Tracer memory is a case modders dream! They'll definitely
increase the "cool" factor of any pimped out computer, and will surely draw some
attention at LAN parties. I know when they were running in my main PC, it looked much
better. Oh I'll be sad to see them go...
default, Crucial's Ballistix
Tracer PC4000 memory is hums at a quick 250 MHz while maintaining 2.5-3-3-8
timings. Not the greatest for AMD users who should probably go with memory with
tighter timings, but these figures work well with Intel systems. In both cases,
the Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 DDR memory was able to overclock extremely well.
On our Athlon64 system we saw an amazing 251 MHz overclock, the highest ever thus far. On
the rig, the tracer PC4000 DDR eached a top speed of 262 MHz.
In terms of
performance, at stock speeds the Ballistix Tracer PC4000 memory
performs slightly slower than the memory that could run aggressive timings like
the Mushkin PC3200 Level II Version 2 or Corsair TwinX 1024-3200XL. Still I doubt anyone but the most hardcore of enthusiasts would
notice this, and for everyday use gaming, it's still a good
With a retail price of $389 CDN ($320 US) for the 1GB pair, the Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000 memory
is quite aggressively priced. Crucial has done a bang up job with its
new Ballistix Tracer memory and all those blinking lights will certainly add charm to
even the dullest of cases.
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