Test Results: Crucial Ballistix PC3200

Crucial gets a new lease on life on the DFI nForce4 motherboards with memory performance that blows past our previous results with Ballistix on A64.

Crucial PC3200 Ballistix (DDR400) - 2 x 512Mb Double-Bank
CPU Ratio at 2.4GHz Memory Speed Memory Timings
& Voltage
Quake3
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Sandra UNBuffered Sandra Standard Buffered Super PI 2M places
(time in sec)
Wolfenstein - Radar - Enemy Territory
fps
12x200 400DDR 2-2-2-6
3.0V 1T
547.8 INT 2922
FLT 3067
INT 6112
FLT 6060
80 115.2
11x218 436DDR 2-2-2-6
3.1V 1T
550.2 INT 3037
FLT 3210
INT 6538
FLT 6462
80 115.6
10x240 480DDR 2.5-2-2-6
3.2V 1T
562.3 INT 3131
FLT 3333
INT 6792
FLT 6712
79 117.0
9x267 533DDR 2.5-3-3-6
2.8V 1T
559.8 INT 3220
FLT 3473
INT 7043
FLT 6959
79 116.9
10x280
(2.8 GHz)
Highest CPU/Mem Performance 2.5-3-3-6
2.9V 1T
633.7 INT 3532
FLT 3754
INT 7798
FLT 7738
71 133.8

We were able to reach stable memory speeds in the 295 to 300 CPU speed range (DDR590 to DDR600) at slower timings, but the best combination of Memory Speed/CPU Speed/Performance was achieved at 10x280. At 10x280 (2.8GHz) and the still excellent timings of 2.5-3-3-6, Crucial Ballistix turns in performance equivalent to VX at 10x267 2-2-2-6. There is no doubt that the Athlon 64 platform can be a very good match to Crucial Ballistix. When price is considered, Ballistix is still a very attractive choice on the latest nForce4 platforms. It is also interesting that as a memory chip, the Micron chips used in Ballistix are very close in performance to the Winbond chips used in VX at the same timings and speed.

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  • adg1034 - Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - link

    Wesley- could you do a follow-up with the "Value VX"? I'd love to see how that does. Reply
  • Gogar - Friday, April 15, 2005 - link

    I'm wondering how a 3000+ would perform in the used setup with the OCZ Plat rev2. Assuming it can reach the MHZ, would it really be the same as a 4000+? Reply
  • JoKeRr - Sunday, April 3, 2005 - link

    #50, pretty sure A8N SLI gives Vdimm upto 3V. Reply
  • ISS - Saturday, April 2, 2005 - link

    No doubt OCZ VX memory is cool. However, there is 1 major point to consider which I don't think anandtech did mention.

    Whats the long term effects of pushing running 3.5V on A64. I have read from forums that some users ended up with dead CPUs after pushing high memory voltages. I am not sure but I guess they have a dead memory controller. Can A64's on-die memory controller handle 3.5V Vdimm for prolong periods? Such as 3-6 months or even longer?

    AMD did mention before that running high Vdimm may damage the CPU and void the warranty though. Also, you would have notice that literally all board manufacturers other than DFI limits the Vdimm to just 2.85V.
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  • cryptonomicon - Thursday, March 31, 2005 - link

    man, i wish they included a sweet pair of BH-5 in all of their mem tests (one of the 280+ mhz pairs 2225 ~3.3-3.4v) just so i would have a point of reference to all this NEW ram. Reply
  • NotoriousGIB - Thursday, March 31, 2005 - link

    Ohh...last comment was for poster 26. Reply
  • NotoriousGIB - Thursday, March 31, 2005 - link

    Thx for the comment, but I was already aware of that. Wesley, plz post your DRAM & Genie BIOS settings used in this comparison. If there are any other OCZ VX users that have busted 250MHz, please post your settings. Reply
  • Zebo - Thursday, March 31, 2005 - link

    "zebo, i have no idea what you tried to just say "

    Don't worry about it just get the cheapest ram like Buffalo B-line /corsiar value and you'll be just fine. All this stuff is overated, overpriced and for competitive benchmarkers only.
    Reply
  • ozzimark - Thursday, March 31, 2005 - link

    #39-
    i've been through 4 sticks of ballistix. all of them can make it to 245mhz at 2.5-2-2-5, which is the limit of my memory controller. i think inconsistancy is a thing of the past now.

    i would try to prove you wrong on your second point, but i'd need a new cpu for that :(
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  • Teetu - Thursday, March 31, 2005 - link

    is there anyway I get anand's complete settings for the ballistix ram?

    i know with the older bios DFI recommended bank interleave off, but has that changed with the 3/10 bios?
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