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Crucial PC3200 DDR400 256MB Memory Review
Crucial PC3200 DDR400 256MB Memory Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: After JEDEC approved the PC3200 standard in Dec. 2002, manufacturers began the rush to not only get their DDR400 memory compliant.
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Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion

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UT2003 Demo 640x480 Flyby
AMD (FSB/Memory) FPS Ranking
1. 2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 (166/333 MHz) 231.69
2. 2x 256MB OCZ PC2700 EL (166/333 MHz)


3. 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (166/333 MHz) 232.36

2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (200/400 MHz)


Intel (FSB/Memory)

1. 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (133/354 MHz) 170.33

2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (150/400 MHz)


UT2003 Demo 640x480 Botmatch
AMD (FSB/Memory) FPS Ranking
1. 2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 (166/333 MHz) 75.61
2. 2x 256MB OCZ PC2700 EL (166/333 MHz)


3. 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (166/333 MHz) 75.77

2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (166/333 MHz)


Intel (FSB/Memory)

1. 2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (133/354 MHz) 56.92

2x 256MB Crucial PC3200 (150/400 MHz)


UT2003 gets a slight performance boost on the AMD based system thanks to the bandwidth. Intel gets a boost as well, but like I said earlier, I think it's more due to the higher CPU speed.

Final Conclusions:

It's important to remember that the memory modules we tested are still classed as engineering samples - so while they should be virtually identical to what you will find with the retail units, there may be revisions, or SPD changes along the line to reflect wider compatibility.

What is also clear is that Crucial are targeting the mainstream consumer with their PC3200 DDR. This is a wise focus as broad implementation of the standard is necessary from the business standpoint.

On the Intel system we were able to achieve DDR400 speeds with fairly relaxed CAS settings, perhaps an indication that validation is proceeding in that CPU manufacturers direction with priority. The AMD system also reached DDR400 levels, though with slightly looser settings.

With JEDEC approving the PC3200 standard, it only makes sense for Crucial to release some PC3200 compliant memory. True, they're a bit "late" to the game with the Micron based memory, but with no motherboard processor officially verified to run at 200 MHz FSB they can move slowly. It's obvious that the memory is not catering to the whims of overclockers, Crucial has never spun their memory that way. Rather, this memory is better suited for those "mission critical" type users or for people who want to install and forget.

Crucial's current 256MB PC3200 (Samsung based) modules go for around $90 CDN ($58 US) and we would expect their Micron based 256MB modules to go for about the same. If you're looking for some reliable memory that offers no fuss, Crucial is definitely one of the best options.

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Contents of Article: Crucial PC3200
 Pg 1.  Crucial PC3200 DDR400 256MB Memory Review
 Pg 2.  Benchmarks: Sandra, PCMark2002
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: 3DMark2001SE, QIII Arena
 Pg 4.  — Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusion

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