ballistix costs half as the dominator yet both performs almost the same
The demand for four gigabytes of memory has risen with the release and adoption of Windows Vista amongst the enthusiast audience. Thankfully the prices have also dropped considerably since the days of XP. Vista changed the outlook for many people as it can make far better use of memory than XP, SuperFetch for example preloads the most used programs into memory for faster access. This coupled with memory prices dropping has made four gigabyte and above configurations attractive in reads to both price and performance.
On our test bench today we have two 4GB kits from Crucial and Corsair. The Crucial sticks aim to give us additional memory at a very attractive price whereas the Corsair modules aim for class leading performance. We have tested each set throughout a number of tests in order to establish how much of a benefit each gives over a standard two gigabyte configuration.
Overclocking each product was performed using the motherboard BIOS rather than any Windows based utility.
We increased the Corsair voltage to 2.2v without issue using the Dominator Airflow and began raising the speed at default timings. At these settings we were able to reach 1230MHz.
For Crucial overclocking we ran a quick check to find out if the modules would boot at their EPP2 setting of DDR2-1000 with 5-5-5-15, they did and there were no stability issues within Windows. We then returned to 4-4-4-12 and began raising the speed to find the limit. The result was DDR2-905, just over 100MHz above stock settings. We then moved back to 5-5-5-15 and found that these timings allowed us to reach DDR2-1066 when using 2.2v.