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Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2 1GB Memory Kit Review

Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2 1GB Memory Kit Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: After dropping in the yellow Ballistix DDR2 RAM into a Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D motherboard, we set about changing the memory multiplier to 2.66x, and tightened the timings...
 86% Rating:   
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External Mfg. Website: Crucial Aug 19 2004   C. Sun  
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System Spec's and Benchmarks

PCStats Test System Specs:

Intel Pentium 4 540

Clock Speed:

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
16 x 216 MHz = 3.46 GHz


Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D (i925X)


Gigabyte GV-NX57128D


2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 DDR2*
2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 DDR2*

2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300 DDR2

Hard Drive: 40GB Western Digital Special Ed
PowerSupply: Vantec 400B iON
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
Intel INF 6.00.1045
Forceware 60.85

Workstation Benchmarks

SiSoft Sandra 2004

* - For comparisons sake we're going to show the results of the Samsung PC4200 and Crucial PC4200 memory even though they are not the same size.

Winstone 2002 Source: Zdnet

Business Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP6 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Business Winstone 2002 Benchmark Results


Points Ranking

2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 (200/533)

2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (200/533) 37.5
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300 (200/533) 38.1

2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300 (216/575)


I guess size does make a difference in Business Winstone 2002, here at stock speeds the Crucial Ballistix score higher than the other two sets of DIMM's.

SiSoft Sandra 2004 Source: Sandra

Sandra is designed to test the theoretical power of a complete system and individual components. The numbers taken though are again, purely theoretical and may not represent real world performance. Higher numbers represent better performance.

Sisoft Sandra 2004 Benchmark Results
Memory Integer SSE2: Float SSE2:

2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 (200/533)

4974 4973
2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (200/533) 5002 5002
2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300 (200/533) 4985 4986

2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300 (216/575)

5405 5407

It should be no surprise that all memory have approximately the same bandwidth at the same speed. Overclocking boosts bandwidth about 10%.

PCMark2002 Source: FutureMark

PCMark can be used on desktop PC's, Laptops and even Workstations and tests everyday computing from home to office usage. PCMark specifically stresses the CPU, memory subsystem, graphics subsystem, hard drives, WindowsXP GUI (if WinXP is used), video performance and even laptop batteries.

PCMark2002 Benchmark Results
Memory PCMarks Ranking

2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 (200/533)


2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (200/533)

2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300 (200/533) 11083

2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300 (216/575)


It seems the Crucial Ballistix DDR2 scores slightly higher than the two smaller counterparts. Breaking 12k in PCMark2002 with a small overclock is very good.

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Contents of Article: Crucial Ballistix PC5300
 Pg 1.  Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2 1GB Memory Kit Review
 Pg 2.  Under the Orange Armour...
 Pg 3.  — System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001, X2: The Threat
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004, Conclusions

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