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Dual Channel Memory Roundup - Part 2

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in RAM | Posted: Oct 8, 2003 4:00 am

Crucial PC3200


Crucial took top spot in our last round up with their PC3200. Crucial let us know that they wanted to see if their 512MB modules where capable of performing just as well - so they sent us down some sticks to play with. Crucial have been in the memory game a long time and while they simply follow memory as JEDEC approve it, their memory modules are always of the highest quality and always perform as advertised - without fail.


Let's see if Crucial have what it takes to continue holding the crown or will it be taken off top spot? This time around the competition is a lot more aggressive with modules now capable of hitting speeds of DDR500. Let's have a quick look at what Crucial have on offer.





Module Size: 2 X 512 MB


Package: 184-pin LONG DIMM


Naming: DDR PC3200


Speed: 400MHz


Voltage: 2.6


CAS Latency: 3




Crucial have had the same packaging for a long time now and in all honesty if it does the job, why change it? Their memory is shipped in a little cardboard box; on the inside you simply find the memory modules in an anti static bag with padding and a little manual just in case you don't know how to install the memory.


While the packaging Crucial use isn't the most exciting - it's cheap, easy to send and very safe. Let's have a look at the particular modules we are looking at today.




Last time we had the chance to look at Crucial's 256MB modules and since we were so impressed with them Crucial wanted to find out if it was simply the 256MB version or if their whole line of memory was capable of performing just as well.



Like the original sticks, these don't have heat spreaders either. While some memory does benefit from the use of heat spreaders a lot of companies simply use them for looks (read: marketing) more then anything else. When you don't use a heat spreader the price is capable of being lower and the consumer is capable of getting better value for money.



Like last time, these modules are also only rated at CAS3 which is the most relaxed setting that can be used when it comes to memory timing these days. It is common knowledge that the latest line of Canterwood and Springdale motherboards aren't as affected by lower latencies as others, for this reason the difference shouldn't be too major. When it came to testing we ran the modules at CAS 2.5 and the memory was more then capable of doing it - more on that soon.


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