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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.
 80% Rating:   
Filed under: Memory Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Crucial Jul 19 2006   Max Page  
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Benchmarks: Doom 3, Quake 4, Battlefield 2

Doom 3

Source: id Software

At its highest setting, Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrow's videocards will have a hard time running everything. The frame rates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times with the third run being recorded.

Doom 3
LQ 640x480 FPS Ranking
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 184.1
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 183.8
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 183.7
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 184.6
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 (200/400) 183.5
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 (260/1040) 203.2

Doom 3 framerates at stock speeds are nice and high, when the system is overclocked the system is able to pass the 200 fps mark with 2GB of Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 installed!

Quake 4

Source: id Software

Quake 4 is the latest shooter from ID and is based on the Doom 3 engine. Tweaked to for more eye candy, Quake 4 promises to be tougher on videocards and systems than its predecessor was. Quake 4 also does not have a 60 fps limiter like Doom 3, with the Ultra setting, graphic textures can surpass the 500MB mark!

Quake 4
LQ 640x480 Custom Demo FPS Ranking
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 182.8
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 183.2
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 184.1
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 187.1
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 (200/400) 183.6
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 (260/1040) 198.6

Quake 4 framerates are nice and high, Crucial really does offer the whole package with its 1GB Ballistix PC2-6400 modules!

Battlefield 2

Source: Guru3D

In Battlefield 2, players will choose to fight for one of three military superpowers: the United States, the Chinese, or the newly formed Middle East Coalition. Armed with the latest modern weaponry, players can take control of any of the games 30+ vehicles to engage in major conflicts with over 64 players in some of the largest online battles on the PC. Test is run five times, which will then be averaged with the highest and lowest runs disregarded, settings are high quality at 1024x768.

Battlefield 2
HQ 1024x768: Points Ranking
2x 1024MB Super Talent T800UX2GC4 (200/800) 362.148
2x 1024MB Patriot PDC22G800+XBLK (200/800) 371.478
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C4 (200/800) 375.636
2x 1024MB Corsair CM2X1024-6400C3 (200/800) 378.415
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 (200/400) 372.475
2x 1024MB Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 (260/1040) 383.863

In the final test of the day, the Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 does very well and has no problem with Battlefield 2. Since all the modules in the above test report are at least 1024MB in capacity, we aren't seeing what happens when smaller sized (512MB) modules are run with Battlefield 2. This game really is a memory hog, and if you're running with less than 2GB of RAM it impacts performance significantly.

Next up we're going to compare the maximum overclockability of the Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 memory against some other DDR-2 modules on the socket AM2 platform...

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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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