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Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1GBx2) PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory Kit
Author: Jason Kohrs
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Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1GBx2) PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory Kit
October 20, 2006

Benchmarking (continued):

3DMark06:

The 2006 edition of 3DMark offers a sampling of tests that are used to develop a composite score to reflect your system's potential gaming performance. The results are presented in unitless "Marks", and higher is better. The graph below shows the results from the test system with the (wide screen) display set to 1280x800 and No AA.


The results here were interesting as the scores with the Transcend memory improved with overclocking, while the scores with the Crucial kit really didn't. The tests were repeated and although scores varied by a Mark or two, the end result was that the Crucial kit offered no noticable improvement to 3DMark06 while overclocked.

Super Pi / Mod1.5 XS:

Super Pi is a simple program designed to calculate Pi to the number of decimal places as selected by the user. In the process, it keeps track of how long it takes, and this time can be used to benchmark the processing power of your system. Lower values are better, and the graph below details the results.


Although this may be more of a CPU test, it does show that switching from the Transcend kit to the lower latency Crucial Ballistix kit at the same clock speeds has a small benefit. The calculation was completed slightly faster with the Crucial kit, whether at default speed or overclocked. Although the time saved may be insignificant here, apply this type of improvement to a task with a greater duration and the benefits may become much more tangible.

I was unsure how a 2GB kit with timings of 4-4-4-12 would compare to a kit with 5-5-5-15 timings, and I guess I thought the performance difference would be bigger. The Crucial Ballistix 2GB (1GBx2) PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory Kit definitely takes the crown for performance, but many times it was by a fraction of a percent. None the less, a win is a win!

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