Date: January 26th, 2003
Article by: Roger (Hardware
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner & Head Editor)
Product was donated by: Crucial
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Because of the CAS 3 latency on the Crucial, it was apparent that a
high overclock would be damn near impossible. I cannot stress enough
though that this is mainstream RAM and not intended to overclock. That
being said however, I was very very impressed with the results. Despite
the RAMs refusal to operate at lower timings, it still managed to attain
DDR436 and held its own in every benchmark. Hell, at the default settings,
it even managed the jump ahead of its competitors. Not to mention how
well it performed in single channel mode.
I was not able to attain a stable overclock with a 2.5 CAS, regardless
of how high the timings where. With the OCZ and the ULTRA, I was able
to play with lower timings but in the end, all of the memory modules
performed at their peak at the settings listed above.
That being said, here are the benchmarks.....
Both in single and dual channel mode, the Crucial did
amazingly. And to be honest, it only trailed by a bit when overclocked.
It is important to note that it did not attain the same overclock though
which influenced these results.
SISOFT SANDRA 2003 - MEMORY BANDWIDTH BENCHMARK
Here you can see that the Crucial actually outperformed
the OCZ in the float buffered test when running in single channel mode.
Overall, these results are very impressive.
Now here was the pleasant surprise. In dual channel mode,
the Crucial led the way and in the overclocked benchmarks, it trailed
ever so slightly behind the OCZ.
GLExcess is a fantastic benchmark, as it is unaffected
by unbiased and offers reliable results.
QUAKE 3 Q3CRUSH TIMEDEMO BENCHMARK
You can see that the memory is neck and neck in these
test, largely due to the video card I used for these tests (the HIS