My test system consisted of:
AMD Athlon 2200+ XP
Maxtor 120 GIG 7200 RPM hard drive
ABIT GF4 Ti4200 8X-OTES
Windows XP Service Pack 1
For comparisons I had two PC2100 256 MB sticks from Crucial also. Let’s see how well they work.
Using SiSoft Sandra 2002
to test out theoretical memory performance, here are the scores from the two memory configurations.
The bandwidth is, of course, more with the PC2700. In both the FPU and ALU tests, you can see the PC2700 memory edging out the PC2100 brand.
As for games, most of them had a slight increase of a few frames per second over the PC2100 ram. While its nothing to write home about, it might be more significant when I have a CPU that takes advantage of a 333 front side bus. As it stands now, the Athlon I am using to test is running at a 266MHz. AMD recently released CPUs with a front side bus of 333MHz so once we get one of those in, we’ll see how well the memory affects the new chip.
I haven’t run into any problems using the ram in my system. After a few weeks of playing games and programming, I haven’t had any computer errors. As for overclocking, Crucial states that overclocking will void the warranty on the ram. While I didn’t try to overclock my system, there have been many reports of the ram pushing to faster speeds without a hitch. Crucial just released PC3200 ram for you speed enthusiasts out there and the price is very reasonable if you don’t want to overclock the PC2700 and void the warranty.
With ram prices always being volatile, Crucial has always been priced very reasonably compared to the rest of the market. They have a great quality product and you really can’t go wrong with purchasing from them. I’ve been using Crucial ram for a few years now and I haven’t had any problems with their past products. The PC2700 512MB
from Crucial is a quality ram stick from a quality company. And at a price of $83.99 at the time of this writing, it’s a great time to stock up. Thanks again to Crucial for the opportunity to review the product and you can be sure that this stick will be part of the review system from now on.
Crucial has great prices and very high quality ram. You really can't go wrong ordering from them and they back it up with a nice warranty.
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