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
|2x 512MB Patriot PEP5125600ELK PC5600
|2x 512MB Corsair TwinX1024-3200XL PRO
|2x 512MB Centon GEMiNi PC3200 (200/400)
|2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC4000 (200/400)
|2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC4000 (273/546)
Doom 3 has always loved high bandwidth systems and here
we finally see some real benefits from the increased memory frequency.
Max Memory Overclocking Results
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 PCSTATS' test bench. All memory was tested at
its most lax timings as well as its most aggressive. In terms of best overall
overclocking performance, PCStats currently gives more weight to the combination
of moderately high speeds and low latencies (2-2-2-5) than high speeds at the
expense of latency timings.
* - 2GB dual
channel kit, the rest are 1GB.
Crucial Ballistix PC4000 memory is not the fastest we've ever tested,
however its performance is not too shabby.
Crucial has been supplying
memory to computer users for years and enthusiasts everywhere were thrilled to
hear about Crucial's entrance into the high end memory market. Its Ballistix
memory has made quite an impression since then. With regards to the Crucial
Ballistix PC4000 (2x512MB) DDR memory modules we tested here, they are certainly
good for the no fuss overclocker who wants good memory without spending hours
With a default clock speed of 250 MHz at 3-4-4-8 memory
timings (2.8V), the two 512MB sticks of memory have no problems running tight
timings when clocked a bit more conservatively. A speed of 200 MHz with 2-2-2-5
timings is a go, but if you really want to push your system loosen up the
memory timings and watch it fly.
The particular Crucial Ballistix PC4000 DIMMs we
tested were able to reach an overclocked speed 273 MHz, not bad for memory
with a retail price of $234 CDN ($200 US). I think if you're
looking for some no fuss enthusiast calibre memory from a great company, Crucial
can deliver the goods.
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