Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400 Memory Review :: Overclocking

09-08-2005 · Category: Hardware - Memory

By Tulatin

While our conventional overclocking mechanism is to utilize this motherboard's dynamic dividers in order to boost the memory's speed, we found that the dividers are essentially incapable of operating beyond a 1:1 ratio. Thus, we had to begin overclocking in the conventional method, by raising the FSB in small steps, and utilizing Memtest x86 +'s test 8 to test for stability in between. Due to the naturally high latencies of this memory, we simply left latency detection and setting up to the motherboard, which automatically boosted the tRAS timing as was necessary.

Perhaps the most unfortunate thing to this memory is that while it allows for relatively low latency operation at frequencies of PC2-6400, it offers absolutely no Overclocking headroom. While we're dead set sure that our set was an incredibly rare error on the part of Crucial, seeming as if they binned a set of their new incredible ultra low latency PC2-5300 memory in place of ours, it would have been nice to even have a little headroom on these sticks - something which fully relaxed timings would not allow for. What we did find to this memory is that these sticks would be exceptional examples of PC2-5300 memory.