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Crucial PC1600 / PC2100 DDR Memory Review

Crucial PC1600 / PC2100 DDR Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: In layman terms, DDR is basically the result of designing the data to be processed on both the upward and downward signal slopes, whereas SDR is just a single process per signal slope.
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External Mfg. Website: Crucial.com Jun 21 2001   Ivan Woo  
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Quake 3 Arena Benchmarks

Quake 3 Arena was used to test performance under a gaming environment.

The accumulated data shows some surprising results when using the Asus A7A266 motherboard when used in conjunction with the various flavors of SDRAM and DDRAM.

Please note that we arbitrarily chose the following two settings to maintain a sense of consistency and alternated between High Quality and Default (and 16 and 32 bits for both colour and texture settings). The results were tabulated by performing the same test for its particular setting, for a total of 3 runs each, wherein we ended up with the average among the highest and lowest frame rates to obtain our scores.

Here are the listed benchmarks in their respective order:

128MB PC133 CAS 2
Resolution: 16bit: 32bit:
640x480 111.3 fps 111.8 fps
1280x1024 49.2 fps 46.6 fps

256MB PC133 CAS 3
Resolution: 16bit: 32bit:
640x480 107.8 fps 107.3 fps
1280x1024 49.2 fps 46.6 fps

128MB PC1600 200MHz CAS 2
Resolution: 16bit: 32bit:
640x480 110.6 fps 110 fps
1280x1024 48.72 fps 46.1 fps
128MB PC2100 266MHz CAS 2.5
Resolution: 16bit: 32bit:
640x480 110.6 fps 109.9 fps
1280x1024 49.2 fps 46.6 fps

The QIII benchmarks, which ran numerous times, revealed that there wasn't much of an advantage when using DDRAM over SDRAM in a gaming setup. In fact it didn't appear to have much of an impact at all.

Conclusions:

After carefully reviewing all the necessary data, I must stress that I have decided that in its current iteration, the current DDRAM technology is an evolutionary advancement, and it's a simple progressive step up from present SDRAM, and not the revolutionary jump which some people have hoped it would bring about.

Since DDRAM is still in its infancy, the technology has some time still to mature, and as I was writing this review, the DDRAM manufacturers consortium announced a newer standard that would allow for a higher spec'd bandwidth memory rating.

The future for DDRAM is promising and you can count on Crucial/Micron to be an integral part of the group which will help in the ongoing development and support of this latest technology. With an eye to future upgradeability though, I would still recommend moving towards the DDR platform. The price difference between SDRAM and DDRAM is effectively level, so there isn't much to hamper the changeover.

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Contents of Article: Crucial.com PC2100 DDR
 Pg 1.  Crucial PC1600 / PC2100 DDR Memory Review
 Pg 2.  Behind DDR
 Pg 3.  DDR Enters the Spotlight:
 Pg 4.  Testing Crucial DDR Memory
 Pg 5.  SiSoft Sandra 2001 Professional: CPU Benchmark
 Pg 6.  SiSoft Sandra 2001 Professional: Multimedia
 Pg 7.  SiSoft Sandra 2001 Professional: Memory
 Pg 8.  — Quake 3 Arena Benchmarks

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