Crucial Ballistix 2GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory Kit Review

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The Test System

The DDR3 Test System

The DDR3 Test System

Testing Procedure:

All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows XP Professional build 2600 with Service Pack 2 and DirectX 9.0c. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. All of the modules were run in dual channel mode with a 120mm fan placed on top of them to keep them cool! The XFX GeForce 8800 GTX used ForceWare 158.22 video card drivers and the ASUS P5K3 motherboard was updated from BIOS version 0405 that was used in a previous DDR3 article to BIOS version 0604 by using ASUS flash.  This BIOS update did impact the performance numbers, so if you own this motherboard you will want to update to the latest BIOS. The ASUS P5K3 motherboard was used for all the benchmarking charts, but it should be noted that the newer ASUS P5E3 motherboard with BIOS 0702 was used for overclocking.

Memory Settings: (The Processor was set to 400MHz FSB x 8 Multiplier = 3.20GHz on all kits)

  • 2GB Crucial BL2KIT12864BA1608 – 8-8-8-24 1T @ 1600MHz
  • 2GB OCZ OCZ3P1600EB2GK – 7-6-6-24 1T @ 1600MHz
  • 2GB Corsair TWIN3X2048-1600C7DHX G – 7-7-7-20 1T @ 1600MHz

Here is the Intel P35 Express DDR3 Test platform:

DDR3 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750

Motherboard

ASUS P5K3 Deluxe

Memory

See Above

Video Card

XFX GeForce 8800 GTX

Hard Drive

Western Digital RaptorX

Cooling

Intel Retail Box

Power Supply

Thermaltake 850W

Operating System

Windows XP Professional

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