Crucial Ballistix 1GB Kit (2x512MB) PC4000/DDR500 Memory Review
The introduction ...
Memory is an important component of the PC system and with current operating
systems e.g. Microsoft Windows XP
in combination with current games or DTP applications nowadays 512 MB
are by far not enough and
should be upgraded to at least 1GB memory.
However memory is not like memory and naturally there're dozens of DDR
(double data rate) module types on the market,
that the choice isn't really easy.
In order to make the choice somewhat easier, there's a new test report
of the high-end 1 GB memory kit
with LED lighting and heatspreaders by Crucial.
Thanks for the support ...
Many thanks for the support with the BL2KIT6464L505 Ballistix 1GB PC4000
kit by the manufacturer Crucial.
The 1 GB kit includes two 512 MB Ballistix Tracer 184-pin DDR-500 (PC4000)
LED equipped memory modules and the
current price is about 149 euro (02/2006).
They're available with the upper banner in the Crucial
Shop and our sponsors.
The supply of the two 512MB PC4000 memory modules ...
In this small box are the two very well protected memory
That is contained in the scope of delivery ...
Crucial supplies the two memory modules as well as the
multilingual installation guide, which should make it possible
also for less experienced users to install them:
The technical data ...
||1GB kit (512MBx2)
||Ballistix Tracer 184-pin DIMM mit LEDs
||64Meg x 64
||DDR500 (250 MHz * 2)
Characteristics and other features ...
The memory modules are provided on a black plate with black
passive heatsinks (heatspreader) which are supposed to
enhance the cooling of the memory modules also with higher frequencies
and/or higher voltages.
Thus one achieves on the one hand better results with overclocking and
on the other hand a longer life-time,
whereby Crucial by the way grants lifelong warranty (Limited Lifetime
Warranty) for the buyer
(all informations to manufacturer conditions are of course without guarantee
A further fancy feature are 8 green and 8 red light emitting
diodes on each memory module,
which shows the active processes, so that one recognizes immediately if
the PC is still alive ;-)
In the lower PCB range close to the pins are besides 8
blue LEDs integrated to ensure a nice ambiance in the PC ...
Modders will love it !
Benchmark values and test results ...
Let us begin with the most important part of the test report,
because the optics is of course rather secondary and
the possible stable performance is the most important factor.
The test results are based on an EPoX 9NPA+ SLI nForce4 Motherboard with
an Athlon 64 3000+ CPU with different
frequency depending upon reference clock for the different memory benchmarks.
Thus the multiplicator adjustment remains on 9x with all frequencies.
An adjustment for the CPU in half steps would be too inaccurate to get
nearly the same CPU frequency for all tests.
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 is used as operating
The stability was examined with the software Memtest86
and SiSoft Sandra
Lite 2005.SR3 Program is used for all
benchmarks, since it offers extensive adjustments and a fast result comparison.
First the maximum possible frequency of the memory module
For this the memory frequency was increased in small step with a fixed
memory timing of 2.5-3-3-8 (2T) and default
memory voltage, as long as the detailed memory test with Memtest86 was
This quite long testing time ensured that this frequency works really
stable with these modules.
The highest possible frequency with 2.5-3-3-8 (Tcl Trcd
Tras Trp) values was stable with sayful 265 MHz!
With higher voltages or smaller timings it was possible
to run still clearly higher frequencies,
because the frequency values and timings depends directly from each other.
Note: Please don't try this high timings with conventional PC3200 modules,
only increase frequencies in small steps.
Otherwise it would end with a beep of the systemspeaker.
This highest possible timing was compared with two further
adjustments. On the one hand 265 MHz with SPD values
(these are given by the manufacturer in the SPD IC) and on the other hand
200 MHz with SPD values.
By the way the memory bus range is no benchmark value, but the value is
quite simple to calculate by the frequency
and is only useful for the benchmark comparison.
Here're the Benchmark results:
RAM Range Int Buff'd iSSE2
Memory bus range
fix (2.5-3-3-8 2T)
SPD (3.0-4-4-9 2T)
SPD (2.0-3-3-8 2T)
And here're again the benchark values as diagram:
Thus it's a great result, which let us highly overclock a CPU with locked
Whether one uses rather high timings with a low clock frequency, or better
timings with reduced frequency,
depends on the respective Motherboard and the used processor
(Have a look in our Workshop
to get informations about the locked multiplicator of newer AMD Socket
A, AMD Athlon 64
and Intel CPUs).
The Crucial Ballistix PC4000 memory modules had wonderful results at all
Result and general impression ...
Crucial offers with the 1GB Ballistix PC4000 kit (BL2KIT6464L505)
a great memory solution regarding all criteria !
Strong performance, very good overclocking, wonderful design and a good
cost-performance ratio will speed up
home PCs for current 3D-Games and professional applications like DTP.
Thus they're also absolutely recommendable for high-end Overclocker.
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