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Welcome to the Overclock.net main Crucial Ballistix thread. The main purpose of this thread is to help out fellow Crucial Ballistix users with overclocking or problem solving.

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Type: DDR2 PC2-8500
Frequency: 800Mhz
Timings: 3-3-3-8 2T
Voltage: 2.1v
Memory Size: 4GB (4 * 1GB)
 

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Currently:
Type of Crucial Ballistix: DDR2, PC 6400
Running Frequency: 800Mhz (1:1 ratio)
Timings: 4-4-4-5 - 2T
Voltage: 2.2v
Memory Size: 4GB (4 * 1GB)

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Type of Crucial Ballistix: DDR2, PC 6400
Running Frequency: 950Mhz
Timings: 4-4-4-12 - 2T
Voltage: 2.2v
Memory Size: 4GB (4 * 1GB)
 

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Type: DDR2 PC2-8000
Frequency: 1068Mhz
Timings: 4-4-4-10-2T
Voltage 2.2v
Memory Size: 2GB (2 * 1GB)
 

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Hi. Just got my Crucial Ballistix in last night... I'm in Vista x86 and bought 4x1 to replace 2x1 Dominators (which no longer have the Micron D9 IC, so I couldn't just add another two of them). I started to mess with them today on my lunch break.

I start with:
810MHz 5-5-5-15-2T 2.2v - This works fine.

Then I get this inkling that I want to find a way to run 1T (I could with my Dominators, but that's only 2x1GB).

I try:
810MHz 4-4-4-12-1T 2.3v - No POST, so I figure to scale back the speed all the way to a 1:1...

540MHz 4-4-4-12-1T 2.25v - POST and my Vista score goes up to 5.8 from 5.7 (no time to benchmark... come on; it's my lunch break). So, I get excited and curious. I know I can't get 1T with over 800, so I start OCing the speed...

I try:
1080MHz 4-4-4-12-2T 2.2v - No POST
1080MHz 5-5-5-15-2T 2.2v - POST, but BSOD loading Windows
1080MHz 5-5-5-15-2T 2.3v - POST, but BSOD loading Windows
1080MHz 5-5-5-15-2T 2.35v - POST, but BSOD loading Windows

So, right now I'm back to 810MHz 4-4-4-12-2T 2.25v. This also gives me 5.8 score.

The moral of the story is 4x1GB is finicky in Vista, sure... but I can certainly live with 2T at 810. BTW, What's going on with the Windows score? 540 1T = 810 2T? Does the command rate matter THAT much, or does it just have a weird way of scoring? I don't intend to do performance benchmarks until after I install x64 this weekend, so I guess I might end up answering that one on my own.
 

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Bloodthurstyemu, how have you got such good timings at 1068Mhz? I cant get my 1066Mhz stuff to do cas 4... nor can i run it at over 1100Mhz?

Can anyone assist me in getting it up to 1150 maybe?
And no, all command rate does i think is try to squeeze in more ram cycles.

2T will allow your RAM to clock higher and generally with intel rigs, more mhz is better than command rate and timings.
 

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Stock:
DDR2-800, PC2-6400
Effective Frequency: 800Mhz
Advertised Timings: 4-4-4-12-2T
Advertised Voltage: 2.2v

Current OC:
Effective Frequency: 920Mhz
Timings: 5-4-4-15-2T
Voltage: 2.2v

2x 1GB
 

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Type of Crucial Ballistix: DDR2. PC2-6400
Running Frequency: 1000mhz
Timings: 5-3-3-9-21-2T
Voltage: 2.1v
Memory Size: 2GB (2 x 1 GB)

 

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Type: DDR2 PC2-6400
Frequency: 960Mhz
Timings: 4-4-4-12 - 2T
Voltage: 2.2v
Memory Size: 2GB (2 * 1GB)
 

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Yeah, thats what i was thinking, maybe the 680i chipset doesn't cope well with fast ram?

Not saying that my 1066Mhz isn't fast but it would be nice to push it a bit or maybe get cas4 out of it.

And wow, we have a lot of ballistix members in the first 2 mins.
 

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Well, my Crucials I got are i believe picked out because they have overclocked like crazy. At one point I got them over 1100Mhz with 4-4-4-12 @ 2.2v. I think I just got a really good pair of Ballistix.

I should really update my system lol.
 
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That is very very good ballistix.

I cant seem to do over 1100 stable on my pc8500 set.

Whats your NB Voltage?
 

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Originally Posted by WBaS View Post
Stock:
DDR2-800, PC2-6400
Effective Frequency: 800Mhz
Advertised Timings: 4-4-4-12-1T
Advertised Voltage: 2.2v

Current OC:
Effective Frequency: 920Mhz
Timings: 5-4-4-15-1T
Voltage: 2.2v

2x 1GB
Its not 1t its 2t. At 1t you should have lower mhz.
 

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Stock:
DDR 400, PC3200
Effective Frequency: 200MHz
Timings: 2-2-2-6
Voltage: 2.8v
Memory Size: 1GB (2x512MB)

Current O/C:
DDR 500
Effective Frequency: 250MHz
Timings: 2.5-3-3-8
Voltage: 2.9v
 

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Oh yeah! CAS4... Check out this for a sweet screenie.



I think i am happy with how my ram running. Its at stock voltage and speed but i have lowered the timings from 5-5-5-15 to 4-4-4-12.
 

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Oh yeah! CAS4... Check out this for a sweet screenie.



I think i am happy with how my ram running. Its at stock voltage and speed but i have lowered the timings from 5-5-5-15 to 4-4-4-12.
be sure to run memtest to ensure stability, m8.
 
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