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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...
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External Mfg. Website: Crucial Aug 19 2004   C. Sun  
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Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004, Conclusions

Unreal Tournament 2003


Unreal Tournament 2003 is the sequel to 1999's multiple 'Game of the Year' award winner. It uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology - where graphics, sound and game play are taken beyond the bleeding edge. Unreal Tournament 2003 employs the use of Vertex as well as Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 8 videocard to get the most out of the game.

UT2003 - 640x480
Flyby FPS Ranking

2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 (200/533)


2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (200/533)

2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300 (200/533) 235.42

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

Botmatch FPS Ranking

2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 (200/533)


2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (200/533)

2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300 (200/533) 81.67

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


At 640x480 we're not as videocard bound as we were in the other benchmarks, and again we find that Crucial Ballistix performs about the same as the other DIMM's. Overclocking boosts framerate more in the botmatch portion of the test than the flyby.

Unreal Tournament 2004

Source: Epic

Unreal Tournament 2004 is the sequel to the highly popular UT2003 and uses the very latest Unreal Engine technology. Unreal Tournament 2004 employs the use of Vertex and Pixel Shaders and it's recommended that you use a DirectX 9 videocard to you plan to play competitvely.

UT2004 - 640x480
dm-rankin FPS Ranking

2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 (200/533)


2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (200/533)

2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300 (200/533) 87.51

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




2x 256MB Samsung PC4200 (200/533)


2x 256MB Crucial PC4200 (200/533)

2x 512MB Crucial Ballistix PC5300 (200/533) 51.09

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


UT2004 is a new benchmark for us. In it, we see that at stock speeds all memory performs about the same, which should not be any surprise. Overclocking does boots performance a tad in the dm-rankin demo, and even more with the as-convoy test.


I can't speak for everyone, but I was certainly caught off guard when Crucial announced it was releasing an enthusiast class of memory. Who would of thought that Crucial, the same company that handles memory upgrades for the masses, would put out something like the Ballistix series of DDR2 memory?

With Crucial gunning for overclockers, the likes of Corsair, and Kingston should take notice. On the other hand, consumers should be pleased to see a manufacturer of Crucial's caliber producing memory to suit our niche overclocker needs.

As we have just tested out two 512MB sticks of Crucial Ballistix PC5300 DDR2 DIMM's that are intended for the highest performance Pentium 4 systems on the market, things could not be more exciting! By default this Crucial Ballistix memory is capable of running at 333 MHz (or PC5300 speeds) with timings of 4-4-4, at only 1.9V. During tests, we saw 266 MHz (or PC4200) speeds (default for Socket 775 Pentium 4's) with 3-3-3 timings easily handled.

The performance of the Crucial Ballistix memory was excellent, and it's nice to see that DDR2 is quickly taking over from where DDR memory left off. As for how high the memory can go, no one knows right now. The i925X motherboard we use for testing is affected by Intel's FSB lock, so when we find a board that doesn't have this limitation, we'll give the Ballistix memory another run.

With a retail price of $618 CDN ($478 US) for a pair of 512MB sticks of Ballistix DDR2 memory, equipping your rig is going to be quite pricey. Still, on the DDR2 front there aren't many other enthusiast class modules to choose from, so consider yourself lucky!

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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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