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Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2-667 2GB Memory Kit Review

Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2-667 2GB Memory Kit Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The memory that we'll be checking out today is Crucial's 2GB PC2-5300 Ballistix set of memory. Rated in a dual channel configuration at 667 MHz with default timings of 3-3-3-12.
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External Mfg. Website: Crucial Jun 29 2006   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, PCMark05, 3DMark05

SiSoft Sandra 2005 Source:Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system as well as the individual components. The results are also purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2005 Benchmark Results
Memory Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 7314 7262
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 7318 7236
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 7334 7251
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (200/667) 6750 6690
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (200/622) 6916 6885
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (252/784) 7208 7144

Memory bandwidth numbers are in line with what we would expect from PC2-5300 class memory. Overclocking the Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 RAM gives us a nice bandwidth boost.

PCMark05 Source: FutureMark

PCMark05 is a premium tool for measuring both normal home use and simple 3D performance of the latest PC hardware. There are 11 system tests - each one is designed to represent a certain type of PC usage. By running these tests, PCMark05 stresses the components in a similar manner as they are stressed in normal home usage.

PCMark05:
Overall Points Ranking
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 6623
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 6612
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 6619
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 6622
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (200/622) 6653
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (200/622) 6612
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (252/784) 6773
Memory Points Ranking
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 5194
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 5207
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 5214
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 5391
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (200/622) 4909
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (200/622) 5011
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (252/784) 5115

PCMark05's overall numbers are pretty good for the Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300, the systems didn't seem to differentiate between the different memory modules tested. In the memory portion of the PCMark05 tests, the Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 memory trails the Corsair PC2-6400 DIMMs just slightly.

3DMark05 Source: FutureMark

3DMark05 is best suited for the latest generation of DirectX9.0 graphics cards. It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher! By combining high quality 3D tests, CPU tests, feature tests, image quality tools, and much more, 3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware.

3DMark05
Overall Points Ranking
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 7980
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 7995
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 7993
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 7935
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (200/622) 7924
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (200/622) 7952
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (252/784) 8046
CPU Points Ranking
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 7843
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 7856
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 7879
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 7994
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (200/622) 7315
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (200/622) 7558
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (252/784) 7914

The lower memory bandwidth does not affect 3DMark05's overall score, but it does lower the CPU score at stock speeds. Overclocking the Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 brings performance up to par with the DDR2-800 class memory.

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Contents of Article: Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300
 Pg 1.  Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2-667 2GB Memory Kit Review
 Pg 2.  Ballistix Overclocking!
 Pg 3.  — Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4, Battlefield 2
 Pg 5.  Max OC Chart and Conclusion

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