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Introduction

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.
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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.

ballistix costs half as the dominator yet both performs almost the same
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I wish they compared G.skills 4GB kits... But that still is quite something. That's why I'm adverse to buying expensive RAM. It will make no difference that you will notice, and spending the money you saved on a better CPU\\GPU will make a far larger impact.
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i kind of dont get it. these 2 kits are pretty much in differnet leagues.

Edit: im not that dumb, what i mean is, its basically like a comparison of a slightly higher clock speed versus a slightly lower clockspeed. really only makes sence for the dominators if you dont like 1:1 or are in 1:1 and need ram for an FSB at 571 or above. :\\
Edited by Xinoxide - 7/2/08 at 11:51pm
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  1. The 2GB Ballistix are garbage along with the 1GB single-sided sticks.
  2. Dominators cost way too much.
Can i has third option please?
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I wish they compared G.skills 4GB kits... But that still is quite something. That's why I'm adverse to buying expensive RAM. It will make no difference that you will notice, and spending the money you saved on a better CPUGPU will make a far larger impact.
seconded, that's pretty much common sense which isn't common these days
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  1. The 2GB Ballistix are garbage along with the 1GB single-sided sticks.
  2. Dominators cost way too much.
Can i has third option please?

The Dominators are only $96, is that a lot?
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The Dominators are only $96, is that a lot?
Usually people don't like to take MIR's into account. Those take 6-8 weeks to come in, and generally by that time it won't make a difference, since you have to pay the full cost out of pocket anyways.
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I don't get it? The Dominators owned. 200 MORE mhz with the same voltage? Yes, I'll take 2 please...wait? I already have!

However, if they used the same cpu clock speeds, I can probably see why the results were similar, but whats up with the stupid graph with double digits?

My lower binned PC2-8500 Dominators rock the box. 1066mhz @ 1.8v. Let's see those crucials or gskills do that.
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"...Unfortunately, the Crucial sticks fried after 24 continual running hours, as did the replacements. And the pair after that."

I can believe that Crucial makes good memory, but I've heard too much horror stories about chain-RMAing Ballistix to even considering buy them.
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Originally Posted by low strife View Post
Usually people don't like to take MIR's into account. Those take 6-8 weeks to come in, and generally by that time it won't make a difference, since you have to pay the full cost out of pocket anyways.
Yeah. I've personally been screwed on about 75% of the MIRs that I send in, so when I look at the price I don't weigh in MIRs.

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The Dominators are only $96, is that a lot?
Where the hell are you seeing these for $96 after MIR?

Here's the kit on newegg, but they're out of stock. And they're sitting at the completely realistic price of $289.00.
Edited by mrtn400 - 7/4/08 at 7:49pm
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