IntroductionFirst 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.
|CAS Latency (Tcl)||2.5|
|RAS-to-CAS Delay (Trcd)||4|
|RAS Precharge (Trp)||4|
|Voltage||2.6V +/- 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.
|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.