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It's Time: Buffalo Firestix PC2-8000 vs Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 (2GB Kits)

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Hello everyone:

NCIX finally has them fully in stock and at a KILLER PRICE! in this week's Pre-Summer Sale; the sales just started tonight! (Note that the currency is in CDN)

1. Buffalo Firestix FSX1000D2C-K2G PC2-8000 2GB Kit
Original Price: $374.99 Now: $189.99 Chip: MicronD9GKX?


http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...o&promoid=1060

Versus

2. Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 2GB Kit.
Original Price: $214.99 Now: $174.99 Chip: MicronD9GMH and/or D9GKX?

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...Y&promoid=1060


My first choice is the Ballistix but I've heard many good things about the Firestix 8000 as well. Please help me decide which one would be a better OC contender to attain my goal:

CPU: E6700 (Currently 3730mhz stable @ 1.48v, FSB466x8)
Mobo: DFI Infinity 965-S DARK

Target Goal with New Rams: 24/7 OC rig threshold: 533FSB, 1:1 ratio = DDRII 1066 stock clock, 2.35v Max, Tight Timings of CL4-4-4-12/10/8 and subtimings.

I'm not shooting for the record or fit myself in the 600/700 club but it'll mostly be an aggresively OC gaming rig on the boarderline of being safe for 24/7. Sorry, I'm not so XTREME afterall..

Hopefully I'll get as many suggestions before its retail store close tomorrow. I know it's kinda late to ask this and I appreciate any help from you
    
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Of the two pick the Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 2GB Kit these are particulary good and at low vDimm... you even may find that they run somewhere around 1000 4-3-3-4 for 2.3v
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Of the two pick the Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 2GB Kit these are particulary good and at low vDimm... you even may find that they run somewhere around 1000 4-3-3-4 for 2.3v
Thanks for the quick reply even at this hour? Suppose FSB1000 with 1:1 divider, my CPU clock with x7 multi is gonna be 3500mhz and this is not the perfect balanced OC'ed I've in mind though. I'm looking for FSB533 x7 multi to keep my current 24/7 clock speed of 3730mhz (466x8).

So I wonder which one will likely to make DDR2-1066, 533mhz (stock speed) with tighter timings down to 4-4-4-10/8 at relatively low volts around 2.3v ~ 2.35?


    
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Of the two pick the Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 2GB Kit these are particulary good and at low vDimm... you even may find that they run somewhere around 1000 4-3-3-4 for 2.3v
The should do that at 2.2V =)
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Hey guys, would you consider the Buffalo Firestix PC2-8000 is suppose better than the Crucial Ballistix PC2-8500 based on comparing their regular price?? There's like a $150 price different between the two. It makes me wonder how could the PC2-8000 Firestix be selling way more than the PC2-8500 ? Could it be possible that the Firestix are higher binned chips and better overclock-ability with lower volts required...
    
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it's the name and the chips. Of course the D9 sticks are the best for overclocking but remember, if it's the same d9 chips as the gskill hz 6400 that stabily oced to 8000, then you're stuck, they may not be able to go too far above the 8000. For the same rated timings, I would say go for the Crucials 8500s.
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it's the name and the chips. Of course the D9 sticks are the best for overclocking but remember, if it's the same d9 chips as the gskill hz 6400 that stabily oced to 8000, then you're stuck, they may not be able to go too far above the 8000. For the same rated timings, I would say go for the Crucials 8500s.
That's a very good point and I've being thinking about that too...I'm going to have do some research on that. Thanks for pointing it out
    
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ddr2-970 4-4-4-5
2.24v

Attachment 49432

Can probably go even further if I opened up the volts a bit


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ddr2-970 4-4-4-5
2.24v

Attachment 49432

Can probably go even further if I opened up the volts a bit


Ballistix FTW

VERY NICE so far

and 32 hours + Orthos Blend = WOW
Your RAMS would appreciated if you had active cooling for them during those 32 hours

I think 2.3v or a tad more up to 2.325v are still considered safe for 24/7 or (30+ hours by your standard..LOL )

Let's see you try 533mhz/DDR2 1066 and maintain the tight timings you've now
    
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Originally Posted by Tiramisu View Post
VERY NICE so far

and 32 hours + Orthos Blend = WOW
Your RAMS would appreciated if you had active cooling for them during those 32 hours

I think 2.3v or a tad more up to 2.325v are still considered safe for 24/7 or (30+ hours by your standard..LOL )

Let's see you try 533mhz/DDR2 1066 and maintain the tight timings you've now
I do have "active cooling". I have a nice 120mm fan zip tied to my HDD bays in such a fashion that it blows directly over my RAM.


Also, on my old p5b: Not stable, but still pretty cool it got to windows
ddr2-1280

Attachment 49433



It also allowed for 21h stable ddr2-1065 4-4-4-8, ddr2-1167 5-5-5-10


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