Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR PC2-5300
Last September we had the
opportunity to review Crucialís first entry into the Performance RAM market
with their impressive Ballistix DDR2 PC2-5300.†
Now Crucial is kicking it up a notch with their new Ballistix Tracer
line.† Letís take a look at whatís new!
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Gone is the shiny gold
exterior found on the regular Ballistix line.†
Crucial has replaced it with a more subtle black and chrome finish.† The new color may make the RAM a bit less eye
catching sitting on the counter, but it is more than made up by the killer
light show the new LED banks produce in your case.†† But first letís get to the specs.
The Test System:
Having already put the Ballistix DDR2-667 through the
gave us a good opportunity to see if we could push the system just a little bit
further.† Using the Foxconn BIOS settings
to overclock the system, I captured benchmarks using SiSoft Sandra.† To show performance in a gaming environment, I
captured benchmarks using Doom 3ís Time Demo 1.
Attempt 1 with
Foxconnís internal system set to OC Level 1 sets a practical baseline for
further pushing the RAM
Now we are getting
somewhere!† Stable and Fast!
This is the fastest
stable clock I could get using the Foxconn BIOS.† Septemberís record is shattered, and we see
the Ballistix line can handle everything this motherboard can throw at it!