Crucial Ballistix Tracer RED 4GB DDR2-800 - Plugged In - Memory and System Setup

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Crucial Ballistix Tracer RED 4GB DDR2-800
Plugged In - Memory and System Setup
Overclocking the 4GB Kit and SiSoft Performance
Everest Performance and Final Thoughts
 

Plugged In & Setting up the Memory:

In this section we will have the setup of the system for our testing. We tested the Ballistix Red 4GB kit at several speeds to provide you with as much information on this memory as possible.  We plugged in the memory and tested it at JEDEC #2 (DDR2-800 @ 5-5-5-18) as well as EPP #1 (DDR2-800 4-4-4-12).  We then turned up the speed and benchmarked it at EPP #2 (DDR2-1000 @ 5-5-5-15) and then pulled the pin and ran tests at DDR2-1066 and then we maxed it out at DDR2-1143.  It's just that fast.  Please keep in mind that CPU speed was kept at the stock 2.66GHz on all tests but the DDR2-1143 test.  For this test we had to increase the CPU speed in order to raise the memory speed.  For all of these tests we used the system laid out below.

Red Auroa
Red Auroa

 

 


For good measure we threw in a couple of other kits and pulled some limited numbers from them.  We used a non-performance 4GB DDR2-800 kit of Micron memory that clocked in at its stock DDR2-800 with timings of 5-5-5-18.  We also added a 2GB kit of Ballistix Tracer PC2-8500 at DDR2-800 with 5-5-5-15 timings (JEDEC) and the EPP #2 DDR2-1066 at 5-5-5-15.  These numbers are included in the graphs for reference.

 Micron - 4GB Timings
Micron - 4GB Timings
Ballistix Tracer 1066 - EPP #2
Ballistix Tracer 1066 - EPP #2

 

The Ballistix Tracer Red comes loaded with memory profiles and CPU-Z shows two JEDEC settings and two EPP settings for you nVidia chipset users.  As this memory claims to be SLI ready, we will be trying that feature out to see if the voltage and clocks are increased automatically.

Red - SPD Table
Red - SPD Table

 

I wasn't surprised to see the existence of a DDR2-667 JEDEC profile, but was shocked to see a listed DDR2-1000 EPP profile.  Nowhere did I find documentation showing that this memory was capable of speeds higher than DDR2-800 with 4-4-4-12 timings.  It makes sense though as most memory that can run CL4 at DDR2-800 should be capable of higher speeds if you back off the timings to CL5.  Not all memory can do this though as we found out with a look at a 4GB SuperTalent kit a while back.

We ran though some of the BIOS options to see if this memory would clock properly with our motherboard and were please to see that it scaled correctly though JEDEC #2 settings at DDR2-800 CL5, EPP #1 settings at DDR2-800 CL4 and EPP #2 settings at DDR2-1000 CL5.  Selecting the appropriate BIOS profile for SLI-Enabled memory caused this memory to volt and run properly and completely stable at the settings shown below.

 Red - JDEC #2 Settings
Red - JDEC #2 Settings
 Red - EPP #1 Settings
Red - EPP #1 Settings
Red - EPP #2 Settings
Red - EPP #2 Settings