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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: Doom 3, Quake 4, Battlefield 2

Doom 3

Source: id Software

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 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 184.1
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 183.8
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 183.7
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 184.6
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (200/622) 169.4
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (200/622) 174.8
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (252/784) 185.6

The Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 memory sees a slight performance boost over the 1GB SyncMAX memory kit. Overclocking brings performance up to DDR2-800 levels.

Quake 4

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark!

Quake 4
LQ 640x480 Custom Demo FPS Ranking
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 182.8
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 183.2
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 184.1
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 187.1
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (200/622) 173.6
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (200/622) 177.5
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (252/784) 183.5

Quake 4 numbers are pretty good for the Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300, gamers will be happy with any of these modules installed.

Battlefield 2

Source: Guru3D

In Battlefield 2, players will choose to fight for one of three military superpowers: the United States, the Chinese, or the newly formed Middle East Coalition. Armed with the latest modern weaponry, players can take control of any of the games 30+ vehicles to engage in major conflicts with over 64 players in some of the largest online battles on the PC. Test is run five times, which will then be averaged with the highest and lowest runs disregarded, settings are high quality at 1024x768.

Battlefield 2
HQ 1024x768: FPS Ranking
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 362.148
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 371.478
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 375.636
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 378.415
2x 512MB SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express (200/622) 288.475
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (200/622) 343.521
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 (252/784) 376.148

In the last benchmark of the day, the Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 shows how important memory capacity has become. The 1GB modules boost performance in Battlefield 2 much more than any other aspect. Conversely, the 512MB Syncmax modules post the lowest result in this particular game.

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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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