Crucial Ballistix DDR2 – 533 Review
In our first series of tests we’ll be running the Ballistix memory at its rated timings, 3-3-3-10. We are running a Pentium 4 3.4 Engineering Sample LGA 775 processor, so we are able to adjust the multiplier to its lowest setting for maximum overclockability. With our 3-3-3-10 timings, the maximum speed we were able to run the memory at was 215MHz, with a 1:1 FSB to DRAM ratio (running at 215MHz FSB).
Our Sandra 2004 results show an increase of around 250MB/s in our integer test and an increase of around 350MB/s in our floating point tests when overclocked.
Our Unreal Tournament 2004 tests showed an increase in frame rate of 7 FPS when overclocked, but our new Doom 3 benchmark showed no difference between 215MHz and 200MHz speeds. The lack of added performance in Doom 3 when the Ballistix memory was overclocked is not due to the memory itself, Doom 3 relies heavily on the CPU and graphics card for performance, memory bandwidth is really a secondary concern for the game. This is why you see Single-Channel Athlon 64 based systems performing as well as Dual-Channel Athlon 64 CPU’s in Doom 3 tests.