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Crucial PC3200 256MB DDR
Page 3 - Conclusion
Author: Dan Podhola (WebMasterP)
Date: October 10, 2003
Category: Hardware
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Performance wise, the Crucial PC3200 memory is no slouch. As we saw in the performance testing, the Corsair PC2700 overclocked to match the speed of the Crucial memory took the lead in the buffered test. Other than that, the Crucial held its own. The dual channel memory performance was a pleasant surprise, especially considering these modules were not packaged together as a set.

Over several weeks of stress testing, the computer has not exhibited any stability issues and seems to be running very smoothly in dual and single channel configurations.

As far as overclocking goes, the RAM did boot into Windows and remain stable at 222MHz (DDR 444) in both single and dual channel configurations. However, that is not the definitive limit of the Crucial PC3200 RAM as the memory overclocking options on the 8RDA are limited to percentages (in large scale), that makes finding the maximum speed of the RAM impossible.

Offering decent performance for the current price of $51.99 (as of publishing date), the average user really cannot go wrong with a stick or two of Crucial RAM. If you want to squeeze every last bit of performance out your system you will obviously want to look at some other brands of memory. However, if you only need to upgrade your current with system to utilize high memory applications or you are building an average home PC, Crucial memory should definitely be on your mind. Even if you are looking to put together a cheap dual channel system, Crucial is worth considering, despite not being 'matched'.

To put it bluntly: Crucial makes some very reliable and affordable DDR400 memory. If you are looking to get a lot of bang for your buck, consider Crucial an acceptable option.

Final Score

4 out of 5 Weird Blue Faces

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