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Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 DDR2 1066MHz (2 x 1GB) RAM

Makaveli    -   June 28, 2007
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Testing:

To test these sticks, I'm going to put them through a range of benchmarks to be able to draw a conclusion about them. I'll be using stock timings (5-5-5-12) to test the sticks at 400MHz (DDR2 800), 533.3MHz (DDR2 1066), 572MHz (DDR2 1150), and the maximum overclock achievable using my test setup. Let's see if these sticks can handle OCC's rigorous tests. We will be comparing this set with a 2 x 1GB set of Mushkin XP2-6400 and a set of 2 x 1GB Mushkin XP2-9200 to be able to get a good idea of how the Ballistix stack up.

Test System:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor (2.4GHz)
  • Abit IN9 32X-Max Wi-Fi Motherboard
  • Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066 Memory
  • Comparison Memory: Mushkin XP2-6400 (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 Memory
  • Comparison Memory: Mushkin XP2-9200 (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1150 Memory
  • eVGA 7950GT KO Video Card
  • Cooler Master 750watt Power Supply
  • Western Digital 250GB IDE Hard Drive    
  • Western Digital 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s Hard Drive
  • Seagate 80GB IDE Hard Drive
  • LG DVD-R DL Burner
  • Windows XP Professional w/ SP2
  • Turtle Beach Montego DDL Sound Card
  • Enermax Uber Chakra ATX Full Tower Case

 Benchmarks:

  • CPU-Z  Version 1.40
  • Windows Task Manager
  • PCMark05 Professional
  • SiSoft Sandra XI
  • CacheMem
  • Far Cry w/ 1.4 Patch

 

CPU-Z:  This program is very popular because it gives very accurate readings on memory modules. So let's take a look at what these sticks are at the stock frequency of 533.3MHz (DDR2 1066).

 

Windows Task Manager:  This program allows the user to see the system's physical and kernel memory. It also allows you to see how much RAM is available for use.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Specifications
  3. Testing: CPU-Z & Task Manager
  4. Testing Cont. (PCMark05 & Sandra XI)
  5. Testing Cont. (CacheMem & Far Cry)
  6. Overclocking
  7. Overclocking Cont. (CacheMem & Far Cry)
  8. Conclusion
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