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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  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004, Doom 3

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 - Flyby:
640x480 FPS Ranking
2x 512MB PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB (200/533) 250.47
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5400 (200/533) 258.46
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 258.41
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (200/533) 252.13
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (242/644) 301.86
UT2003 - Botmatch:
640x480 FPS Ranking
2x 512MB PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB (200/533) 82.64
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5400 (200/533) 86.35
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 84.56
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (200/533) 84.09
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (242/644) 99.49

UT2003 numbers are decent but nothing out of the ordinary. The Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 memory is not able to separate itself from the rest of the pack at stock speeds. Overclocking brings about a nice little boost though.

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 if you plan to play competitively.

UT2004:
dm-rankin FPS Ranking
2x 512MB PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB (200/533) 91.24
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5400 (200/533) 92.014
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 92.1
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (200/533) 90.92
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (242/644) 107.03
as-convoy FPS Ranking
2x 512MB PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB (200/533) 58.65
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5400 (200/533) 58.69
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 58.72
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (200/533) 61.6
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (242/644) 75.54
ctf-bridgeoffate FPS Ranking
2x 512MB PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB (200/533) 126.5
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5400 (200/533) 127.52
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 127.16
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (200/533) 127.04
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (242/644) 149.34

The Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 does very well in UT2004 and is able to beat out faster memory in certain demos!

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced game to date. it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limit. At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom 3
LQ 640x480 FPS Ranking
2x 512MB PQI Turbo PQI25400-1GDB (200/533) 86.8
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5400 (200/533) 87.1
2x 512MB Mushkin PC2-4200 (200/533) 87.1
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (200/533) 83.6
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-4200 (242/644) 98.1

A speed of 83.6 fps is very good, but a bit slower than the other memory at stock speeds. Still I doubt even hard core gamers would notice the difference in performance.

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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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