|Crucial Ballistix Tracer PC4000|
|CPU Clock & |
|JEDEC DDR400A||200 MHz||2.5-3-3-8 2.7V||5808 MB/s||2226 MB/s||51.8 ns||262.1 FPS||23340||42.28s|
|10 x 210 1:1||210 MHz||2-3-3-8 2.7V||6041 MB/s||2481 MB/s||47.6 ns||276.5 FPS||24612||40.33s|
|10 x 230 1:1||230 MHz||2.5-2-2-5 2.7V||6656 MB/s||2737 MB/s||43.0 ns||304.3 FPS||26531||36.31s|
|10 x 250 1:1|
|250 MHz||3.0-4-4-8 2.7V||6861 MB/s||2842 MB/s||45.8 ns||320.0 FPS||27163||34.75s|
|10 x 250 1:1||250 MHz||2.5-2-2-5 2.8V||7112 MB/s||2940 MB/s||39.8 ns||330.7 FPS||28442||33.45s|
|10 x 260 1:1||260 MHz||2.5-2-2-5 2.9V||7436 MB/s||3057 MB/s||38.9 ns||343.2 FPS||29260||32.14s|
|10 x 266 1:1||266 MHz||2.5-2-2-5 3.09V||7700 MB/s||3154 MB/s||37.8 ns||350.4 FPS||30093||31.438s|
|10 x 270 1:1||270 MHz||2.5-3-3-5 2.8V||7533 MB/s||3194 MB/s||38.5 ns||351.5 FPS||29427||31.36s|
Very good results, but a motherboard with Vdimm up to 3.1V is required to see the sweet spot of these modules.
Reduced latencies give you a nice gain in overclocking, but not that much, it's better to run these modules with the tightest timings you can get. This shows that this memory is designed for low latencies. Faster than DDR500 with tight timings is very fast compared to 3.0-4-4-8, which is the default specification.
For easier comparison with other modules, we set a maximum voltage of 3.1V and tested until we found the highest clock frequency and fastest timings for this memory. The Benchmarks Everest Read, Everest Write and Quake 3 were run. We then calculated the performance increase in percent compared to some standard DDR400 memory running at JEDEC DDR400A (2.5-3-3-8). The average percentage of the three benchmarks is listed in following table:
- Two 512 MB modules are sold for $170 to $200, which is very good for this performance.
- Nice unique LEDs
- Very good performance
- Nice design, beautiful heatspreaders
- Great overclockability
- Need a motherboard with Vdimm up to 3.1V to show their best.
The Crucial Ballistix Tracer are really great performance memory modules. Great latencies at speeds of over DDR500, where other memory barely run 2.5-3-3-7, together with a great price, help the memory get our Editor's Choice Award. The only drawback is that you need a motherboard which can supply a high memory voltage, which not all boards offer. But there are voltmods for most of them.