Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR PC4000 Review 3

Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR PC4000 Review

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First we would like to thank Crucial Europe for supplying us with this memory.

Crucial is a division of micron. They build their own Chips and PCB, not like all the other manufacturers who have the DDR-Ram only soldered together and referred their chips and PCBs by other manufacturers. On the Tracer PC4000 are also unique leds for a good look. Although Crucial/Micron is not normally known as overlocking ram we will do an extreme overclocking test with high voltages and try to find out if they are a good alternative to Ram with Samsung TCCDs or low latency like Winbond UTT BH-5/CH-5.

The chips are getting really hot, so beware for giving to much voltage! Around 3.0-3.1V looks fine for me.


Clock Speeds:250MHz
CAS Latency (Tcl)2.5
RAS-to-CAS Delay (Trcd)4
RAS Precharge (Trp)4
Cycle Time8
Voltage2.6V +/- 0.2V


Here you can download a small Video (5.1 MB) of the Tracers in action.

Here you can see the system we tested on.

Test System
CPU:AMD Athlon64 3200+ (S939; 512KB; Winchester)
Motherboard:DFI Lanparty nForce4 Ultra-D
Memory:2 x 512MB Crucial Ballistix Tracer DDR PC4000
Video Card:Connect3D X850XT@ 520/540MHz
Harddisk:1 x Maxtor Diamond Max 10 160GB
Power Supply:OCZ ADJ 420W
Software:Windows XP Prof. , Catalyst 5.8

All parts are selected with high performance and good overclockability in mind to reach high test results. We used BIOS 704-2BT for the DFI Lanparty nForce4 SLI-D.
All AlphaTimings in the Bios are set to auto, except for:
  • CPC - Enabled
  • DRAM bank Interleaving - Enabled
  • Idle Cycle Limit - 256
  • Dynamic Counter - Disabled
  • R/W Queue Bypass - 16x
  • Bypass Max - 07x.
  • TRAS always at 7, this gives highest memory bandwith when used with the Integrated Memory Controller (IMC) of the Athlon64.
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