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

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I knew these sticks were going to be able to hold a decent overclock. After a few hours of failing MemTest over and over again, I finally found that I could hit 600MHz (DDR2 1200) with timings of 5-5-5-15 and with a voltage of 2.2v.  Since the Mushkin XP2-6400 couldn't make it up to 600MHz, I also got results at 572MHz (DDR2 1150). I am going to run the same benchmarks as before, but this time with the overclocked results.

CPU-Z: Here is a shot of CPU-Z with the Ballistix's 600MHz overclock.


PCMark05: The same tests were administered. Don't forget that higher is better in these tests.



SiSoftware Sandra XI: In this program we'll be doing the following benchmarks: Cache and Memory, Memory Bandwidth, and Memory Latency. Again, I'll be comparing the sticks at DDR2 800 speed and their stock speed of DDR2 1066. Higher is better in all tests except for Memory Latency, where lower is better.






It is now evident that the Ballistix does very well when overclocked.

  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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