Pence Per Megabyte: 13.7
Torture Test at 266MHz â€“ Passed
Torture Test Overclocked - Passed
To remind us that the expensive Ballistix flavour of DDR2 isnâ€™t your only choice, Crucial also sent over their more value-orientated DDR2. These are single-sided modules and use Micron chips mounted to a regular green PCB.
Crucial quote a latency of CL5 for 667MHz operation, which proved a little pessimistic.
Testing â€“ 266MHz:
Rank When Tested at 266MHz: Joint 5th from 9
At 266MHz the Crucial modules gave a slightly pedestrian performance, probably by virtue of their programmed CAS5 latency. Reliability and stability were as youâ€™d expect from a company with Micronâ€™s pedigree.
Testing â€“ Overclocking:
Maximum Frequency - Overclocked using timings of 4-4-4-12: 373MHz
Rank â€“ based on maximum operating frequency joint 4th from 10
Rank â€“ based on overclocked benchmark performance: Joint 6th from 10
A healthy 373MHz using a setting of CL4 certainly makes the suggested CL5 at 333MHz seem a little unnecessary, but bare in mind weâ€™ve hiked up the voltage too so it may be that at the rated 1.8 Volts Crucial felt it was necessary.
Overall Rank: Joint 5th from 9
At 13.7per MB, these Crucial modules are reasonably priced, though they canâ€™t compete with Buffalo. They do however, represent greater value for money than the enthusiast-orientated Ballistix series, which really need to come down in price or move up in performance if itâ€™s to look competitive.