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DDR-400 Memory Battle - Crucial vs. Geil vs. Mushkin - Final Thoughts

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

Final Thoughts

 

During out testing we were very pleased with the ease of installation of the modules as well as their compatibility with the various motherboard platforms we used. Only Mushkin had a problem with VIA chipsets, however, since VIA isn't as big a part of the chipset revolution as they were in the beginning of the AMD architecture days, its not that big a loss.

 

Crucial Thoughts

 

Without a doubt the leader of the bunch was Crucial with the Ballistix memory range.

 

- Where can I buy this memory?

 

Crucial Technology Ballistix 1 GB PC4000 DDR RAM

 

These modules worked at the specified timings without any need for voltage increases, and with a super compatibility rating for the AMD64 platform, its certainly no wonder this pack gets out Seal of Approval and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editors Choice award.

 

Geil Thoughts

 

Second in line are the Geil memory modules.

 

- Where can I buy this memory?

 

GeIL GL5123200DC 2 x 512 MB PC3200 DDR RAM

 

While being slightly higher in the latency department, these modules performance flawlessly at their rated speed and with a slight voltage tweak managed to run at the same settings as the Crucial. However, we aren't here for their extra abilities, we are testing what will come out stock and for this Geil gets second place.

 

Mushkin Thoughts

 

Last on the list are the Mushkin V2 Extreme Performance modules. Mushkin being the slower of the memory in both rated speed and latencies came in third; however, it wasn't a huge loss, in fact only a few FPS separated Mushkin and Geil from the second place.

 

- Where can I buy this memory?

 

Mushkin PC-3200 LII V2 2 x 512 MB DDR RAM

 

We were unable to get the Mushkin to work stable on VIA chipsets with their own DDR memory controllers. This is the only chipset it doesn't like.

 

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