It's great to see how individual memory stacks up
against the competition under stock configurations, but we're also going to show
how it compares when overclocked. With performance in mind, we're going to
compare the maximum overclocked results of the various DDR2 DIMMs we've tested
in the past which are listed below. Remember, just because memory is clocked
fast doesn't mean it's the best thing for a computer. Timings are also
important, and getting the right ratio of both is the real key to performance
3-3-3-12 timings, the Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR-2
RAM does fairly well and almost hits the 800 MHz plateau. Lowering the
timings to 5-5-5-15 allows the Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 memory to fly to a nice 1056 MHz
Good and Reliable, but not
The odd multiplier Socket AM2 Athlon64 issue is making overclocking a bit
more complex on this platform, but I suspect experienced users will pick up on things pretty
quickly. In either case, it certainly adds another dimension to consider when
overclocking a socket AM2 computer.
Ballistix line of memory is enthusiast class memory that is guaranteed to run fast, and it
does for the most part. The 2GB dual channel Ballistix PC2-5300 kit that PCSTATS
tested retails for $410 CDN ($369 US, £199 GBP) , and while it is not the fastest DDR-2 to have passed through our labs it does offer good solid performance.
You would be hard pressed to notice the difference between this memory and a high speed set of DDR2-800 at stock speeds, but that's always the case.
Overclocking is where enthusiast grade memory really comes into its own, and when pushed to 790MHz with CAS latency timings of 3-3-3-12 the Ballistix PC2-5300 kit comes in fourth among similar capacity modules.
The Crucial 2GB Ballistix PC2-5300 memory performed well in the
overclocking tests with very tight timings, putting it in arms reach
of DDR2-800 speeds. Loosening the timings to 5-5-5-15 permitted the
Ballistix PC2-5300 memory to overclock to 1056MHz on PCSTATS'
test platform. Good, but not strong enough to out pace some of those spiffy new
Corsair modules. Ultimately the 2GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300
DDR-2 RAM kit is great memory, but it doesn't quite set
itself apart from the enthusiast grade competition when overclocked.
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