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Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory Review

Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In the following pages of this review, PCSTATS will be overclocking a 1GB set of Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 DDR2 memory in bright orange aluminum heatspreaders.
 85% Rating:   
Filed under: Memory Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Crucial Jan 09 2006   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > Memory > Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200

Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Sandra 2005, PCMark04

PCStats Test System Specs:
Processor:

Intel Pentium 4 540

Clock Speed:

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
16 x 246 MHz = 3.93 GHz

Motherboards:

Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X)

Videocard:

MSI RX800XT-VTD256E

Memory:

2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300
2x 512MB Mushkin PC4300
2x 512MB PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB
2x 512MB Corsair Twin2X1024-4300C3

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor
CDROM: Gigabyte GO-W0808A DVD Burner
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel Stock HSF
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 6.00.1045
Catalyst 5.7

Workstation Benchmarks

Business Winstone 2004
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark04
3DMark2001SE
3DMark05
X2: The Threat
UT2003
UT2004
Doom 3

 

Winstone 2004 Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2004 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Business Winstone 2004:
Memory: Points Ranking
2x 512MB PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB (200/533) 22.7
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5400 (200/533) 23.5
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 23.7
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (200/533) 23.6
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (242/644) 28.9

Despite running with loose timings, the Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 still does quite well in Business Winstone 2004. Overclocking provides a very large performance boost, but remember the CPU is also running faster.

SiSoft Sandra 2005 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 2005 Benchmark Results
Memory Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 5344 5362
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5400 (200/533) 5383 5375
2x 512MB PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB (200/533) 5346 5353
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (200/533) 4994 4977
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (242/644) 5903 5849

The Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 memory has lower bandwidth than the other systems by ~400MB/s which is rather surprising.

PCMark04 Source: FutureMark

The latest version of the popular PCMark series, PCMark04 is an application-based benchmark and a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance. It uses portions of real applications instead of including whole applications or using specifically created code. This allows PCMark04 to maintain a smaller installation size while still giving accurate results.

PCMark04:
Overall Points Ranking
2x 512MB PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB (200/533) 5321
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5400 (200/533) 5372
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 5368
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (200/533) 5209
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (242/644) 6103
Memory Points Ranking
2x 512MB PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB (200/533) 5676
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5400 (200/533) 5702
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 5694
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (200/533) 5326
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (242/644) 6277

PCMark04 sees similar results to Sandra, at stock speeds the overall and memory scores are slightly lower than expected.

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Contents of Article: Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200
 Pg 1.  Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory Review
 Pg 2.  — Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Sandra 2005, PCMark04
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05, X2: The Threat
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 5.  Max Memory OC and DDR2 around the corner!

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