It’s not often that Crucial releases a new high-end kit, but they’ve finally caught up to everyone else and released Ballistix clocked at DDR2-1066. Today we are taking a look at the Tracer version and look to see how far we can push them over stock.
Ahh, how interesting overclocking would be with these modules. I mentioned that I didn’t have much luck at all with their PC2-6400 kit, so I was a little skeptical jumping into this one. Before overclocking, I always look for the retail price in order to wager who the modules are targeted towards. If it’s a $400 kit, it should be far more overclockable than a $200 kit, for example.
One popular e-tailer sells the modules for ~$270, but includes a mail-in rebate that will drop it straight down to $209. Oddly enough though, there are other e-tailers (that you might see in our affiliate ads) that are selling the kit for $199 without any sort of rebate. At that price range, this is a great kit even for stock speeds. Those LEDs really do add to the value if you love to pimp your PC.
Thanks to the good price, I didn’t expect superb overclocking, but I was wrong. Here are my stable overclocked settings:
My goal was 600MHz, but these modules proved 100% stable at 609MHz. When I state 100%, I mean it passes at least 1000% in MemTest for Windows and also a full 3D Mark 06 run.
609MHz is not a record breaking overclock, but given the price, it’s superb. $200 DDR2-1066 modules that overclock to DDR2-1200 stable… it’s a good thing.
I am very pleased with the overclocking potential in these modules. If you have the potential to go beyond 2.5v, you might be able to push them a bit further. I hit a serious wall, however. 612MHz crashed Windows as soon as it logged on, 611MHz allowed me to open a benchmark. 610MHz crashed the PC when I opened up Photoshop. 609MHz proved 100% stable all around, throughout everything. What a difference a megahertz makes.
Throughout all of our benchmarks regardless of what we are reviewing, testing is done in a clean and stand-alone version of Windows XP Professional with SP2. Prior to testing, these conditions are met:
The testing rig used for today’s benchmarking is as follows:
Sandra is always the first benchmark to come to mind when we need to do memory benchmarking. Or CPU benchmarking. Or storage benchmarking. You get the idea. It’s a superb all-around tool that we rely on quite often.
Good results all around, but it’s too bad we couldn’t a wee bit closer to the 7K mark. Let’s move onto Everest, Sciencemark and Super Pi.