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DDR-400 Memory Battle - Crucial vs. Geil vs. Mushkin - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra

Today we are comparing DDR-400 enthusiast memory modules from Crucial, Geil and Mushkin which are designed for performance AMD Athlon 64 users. After taking a look at each module and checking their compatibility on a range of DDR based chipsets, we run a bunch of benchmarks to work out which module offers the best performance.

| Editorials in RAM | Posted: Sep 6, 2005 4:00 am

Test System Setup

 

While we did compatibility tests using various different platforms, the main contender for these modules is the AMD Athlon 64 platform, which is the only current platform to support DDR, as Intel has now moved to the DDR-2 line, and AMD Athlon XP line has been discontinued.

 

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester Core

 

Motherboard: EPoX 9NPA+ SLI

 

Hard Disk: Seagate 120GB SATA HDD

 

Graphics Card: ASUS Radeon X800XT PE

 

Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional

 

Drivers: nVidia 7.13 and ATI Catalyst 5.6

 

For our testing, each of the memory modules were set to run at DDR-500 at their default timings to give us an idea of out of the box performance.

 

SiSoft Sandra

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2005 SR2

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk

 

Product Homepage: http://sisoftware.jaggedonline.com/index.php?location=home&a=TTA&lang=en

 

Buy It Here

 

 

SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.

 

 

 

In our first synthetic test we see that the three modules perform almost identically with the Crucial just slightly ahead of the pack.

 

How much does it cost?

 

Crucial Technology Ballistix 1 GB PC4000 DDR RAM

 

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