Crucial PC4000 Ballistix Tracer 2GB - 2GB vs 1GB Gaming - Test Setup and Everest Performance

Article Index
Crucial PC4000 Ballistix Tracer 2GB - 2GB vs 1GB Gaming
Test Setup and Everest Performance
Game Performance
Game Performance - Continued...
Game Performance - Still Continued...
Conclusion and Final Thoughts

Test Setup:

 

For the comparitive tests following, we used the memory's default SPD timings of 3-4-4-8 1T at 250MHz by overclocking our 3000+ Venice CPU to 8x250MHz = 2.0GHz.  The HTT multiplier was set to 4.0x to keep the 1GHz HTT link.  When performing 1GB and then 2GB tests, the only thing that was done to the test system was to change memory.  We didn't update drivers, add game patches or tweak the memory.

To try and showcase the benefits of an extra GB of RAM we are testing two things in this article - Load times and Frame Per Second scores.  Load times are taken by stopwatch and three runs are averaged to ensure accuracy.  Keep in mind that we're also using 2x 120GB Hitachi drives in RAID 0.  Our load times may be faster than those taken from a single drive.  FPS is measured using built-in benchmark programs, timedemos, or a linear run through a minute of a game level using FRAPS.  These numbers will give you an idea of how extra memory affected performane on our system using these games.  Your results will no doubt vary. 

While we've shown on the previous page that this memory can run much faster than the default values, for comparison purposes we are running at the default PC4000.

Below is a 6.6MB DivX of this memory in action.  The video is taken when running Everest Home benchmarks.  The fastest action is observed when running the "Write" test, with the next fastest action taking place during the "Read" test.  Finally, the slow cycle is the "Latency" test.  Please note that these modules are not sound activated. . . although a little music can set the mood.

You can notice the bright spots on the DIMM sockets thanks to the Ground Effect LED's.

2GB Ballistix Tracer In Action
 2GB Ballistix Tracer In Action

Before we get into the comparative testing between 1GB and 2GB, here are some shots of the Everest Benchmark to whett your appetite.

Everest Read
Everest Read

Everest Write
Everest Write

Everest Latency
 Everest Latency

Finally head on to the testing!