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Well, we have just obtained the desired result, however, it is still too early to celebrate complete victory. Let’s take a closer look at the top working frequencies when Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 DDR2 SDRAM modules can retain stability and compare these results against those of other overclocker’s solutions. The graph below shows the comparative results for our testing participants obtained at their nominal voltage level. Besides, we have also included the results obtained at higher voltage settings of 2.3V, which is the maximum for the mainboard we used in our test platform this time.

The results we have just seen for different types of overclocker’s DDR2 SDRAM allow us to make a very favorable conclusion about Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 memory kit. This memory ensures stable and reliable performance at frequencies higher than those of its competitors and with almost any latency settings. And this actually means that if your LGA775 system is equipped with Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 memory, you will be able to get higher performance rates during overclocking. You can check out our previous article called DDR2 SDRAM for Overclocking Fans: Getting Beyond 1GHz for more details about the influence of DDR2 SDRAM latencies and working frequencies on the overall system performance.

However, it is important to understand that Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000 memory works at higher frequencies than the competitors due to slightly higher nominal voltage. All other memory modules, except Patriot PDC21G8000ELK, support 2.1V as their nominal voltage setting. Only Crucial Ballistix and Patriot memory modules are designed to work at 2.2V.

When the voltage of our testing participants was increased up to 2.3V, the situation got slightly different. In this work mode the memory solutions from Mushkin, Corsair and OCZ manage to reach somewhat higher frequencies than Crucial Ballistix PC2-8000. However, none of the memory modules managed to overcome the important psychological milestone of 1067MHz. That is why it is still impossible to use Pentium 4 Extreme Edition and overclocked younger models from the Pentium 4 family with the memory-to-FSB frequency divider of 1:1.

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