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Crucial PC2-6400 Ballistix 2GB DDR-2 Memory Kit Review

Crucial PC2-6400 Ballistix 2GB DDR-2 Memory Kit Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: As the model number suggests, the 2GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 memory is rated to run at JEDEC's DDR2-800 specification... but Crucial goes one step further than that.
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External Mfg. Website: Crucial Jul 19 2006   Max Page  
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Max OC Chart and Conclusions

Max OC Chart and Conclusion

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 DDR-2 memory modules PCSTATS has 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 based overclocking!

Maximum Overclocked Speeds - PCstats Results

Maximum Speed w/ Low Latency

Timings

Capacity Max Speed

Ranking

Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 4-4-4-12 1024MB 1040 MHz
Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 4-4-4-12 1024MB 1016 MHz
Corsair Twin2X2048-8500C5 4-4-4-12 1024MB 952 MHz
Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3 3-4-3-9 1024MB 872 MHz
SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express 4-4-4-10 512MB 840 MHz
Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 3-3-3-12 1024MB 790 MHz

Maximum Speed

Timings

Capacity Max Speed

Ranking

Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 5-5-5-15 1024MB 1104 MHz
Corsair Twin2X2048-8500C5 5-5-5-15 1024MB 1104 MHz
Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 5-5-5-15 1024MB 1104 MHz
Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3 5-5-5-15 1024MB 1056 MHz
Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 5-5-5-15 512MB 1056 MHz
SyncMAX PC2-5300 Express 5-5-5-15 1024MB 904 MHz

The Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 2GB memory kit is definitely very fast.... it comes in with the top spot because of its tight 4-4-4-12 memory timings and 1040MHz overclocked speed!

What happens if we loosening up the CAS Latency timings to 5-5-5-15? The Crucial PC2-6400 DDR-2 memory ties first place with two other modules from Corsair, the PC2-6400 C4 and PC2-8500 C5 units.

Crucial's Ballistix package - Tuned for Success?

Crucial's new 2GB Ballistix PC2-6400 dual channel DDR2 memory kit is exactly what the doctor ordered, whether you're someone looking for a high end system or a hardcore enthusiast aiming for stratospheric overclocking results.

Crucial does one better than JEDEC's DDR2-800 specification and its Ballistix PC2-6400 memory has memory timings rated at 4-4-4-12 at stock speeds. If you have a wild side, Crucial also warrants the memory up to 2.2V. That should let motivated users push this memory to the max.

In terms of performance the 2GB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 DDR2 memory kit is in very good company. It was just as quick as Corsair's Twin2X2048-6400C4 set and just a hair slower than the Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C3. Gamers will definitely have a difficult time telling each of these three different memory modules apart, the frame rates are just too close...

The Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 DDR2 memory really impressed with its overclocking abilities! With 4-4-4-12 timings, the memory hit a very nice 1060 MHz clock speed. Loosening up the timings allowed it to break the 1100 MHz mark. With a retail price of $473 CDN ($418 US. £227GBP) for this 2GB kit of Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 DDR2 memory, you're spending a lot for a set of 1024MB DDR2-800 memory modules with 4-4-4-12 timings, but it's on par with other enthusiast grade memory out there. If you want something that offers no fuss, this set of Crucial memory should definitely be an option!

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- SyncMAX PC2-5300 DDR2-667 Express Memory Review
- Corsair Twin2X2048-6400C4 Memory Review
- Buffalo FireStix FSX1000D2C-K2G PC2-8000 DDR-2 Memory Review

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Contents of Article: Crucial PC2-6400 Ballistix
 Pg 1.  Crucial PC2-6400 Ballistix 2GB DDR-2 Memory Kit Review
 Pg 2.  Time to push the Ballistix PC2-6400
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4, Battlefield 2
 Pg 5.  — Max OC Chart and Conclusions

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