Crucial PC4000 Ballistix Tracer 2GB - 2GB vs 1GB Gaming - Conclusion and Final Thoughts

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


It wasn't that long ago that people were scoffed for having 512MB of memory in their systems.  Suddenly that figure rose to 1GB, and today we don't think it is unreasonable to have 2GB of memory in a high-end gaming system.  We've seen through the benchmarks on the pages previous that 2GB is not a requirement for most of todays games, but there are definately some games that benefit greatly.  Games like Battlefield 2 and the Dreadnought Technology demo gain massive performance improvement from extra memory, and the games of tomorrow will no doubt benefit as well.

With Microsoft stating that Windows Vista should have 2GB of memory to run efficiently on a 64-bit processor, the days of 2GB in mainstream computers is not that far off.  Hopefully this article showed you what you can expect today in terms of performance gains while gaming, and it indicates what you can expect tomorrow.

If you do go with 2GB of memory, Crucial Ballistix Tracer is a great way to go as this memory performs great at PC3200 with 2-2-2-5 1T timings and it overclocks very well to DDR550 and higher with stock timings of 3-3-3-8 1T.  The days of large modules being sluggish are certainly over, and I'm glad that Crucial is running with the leaders at the front of the pack.

Let's break it down regarding this memory:


  • Decent timings at stock DDR500.
  • Runs at PC3200 with tight timings at 2.6v.
  • Nice and flashy LED action.
  • Lifetime warranty.


  • Higher priced than some of the competition. Rating
Software Pack:
Total Score 9.6


It's been a while since I've been this impressed with a product to cross the bench.  This memory can run at tight timings at PC3200 and really fly at PC4400 with 3-3-3-8 timings.  This is an Uber Pic and a recommeded product for sure.

I'd like to thank Crucial for firing this memory our way for the review.  It impressed me a whole bunch.

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