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Crucial Ballistix Tracer Red PC-6400 4GB

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Sark.inc 17th March 2008, 10:18 Quote
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he standard Ballistix Tracer 4GB in black competes with a few of the funkier OCZ modules shown above

i don't see any pictures of the OCZ ????
Bindibadgi 17th March 2008, 10:40 Quote
Sorry, I meant "linked above".
naokaji 17th March 2008, 10:45 Quote
having a 2GB kit in the mix to compare performance to the 4GB ones would have been nice... anyway, nice review of a good product, shame that it doesnt oc like the legendary D9GMH / D9GMX ram though.
Bindibadgi 17th March 2008, 11:29 Quote
There's plenty of 2GB memory reviews out there already and we've planned to do a specific "Is more memory better" review in a few weeks :)
Cupboard 17th March 2008, 11:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
we've planned to do a specific "Is more memory better" review in a few weeks :)

Sounds good ;) Could you do a comparison using 4GB on a 32bit OS as well? That would be really great
Tidy_Boy 17th March 2008, 11:44 Quote
"4GB on a 32bit"

That would be ok if 32bit OS could use all of it
sam.g.taylor 17th March 2008, 12:34 Quote
How dare ye misspell Corsair! (Check the charts)
HandMadeAndroid 17th March 2008, 12:44 Quote
agree with tidy_boy, I had problems with 4gb in winxp 32bit edition
Bindibadgi 17th March 2008, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cupboard
Sounds good ;) Could you do a comparison using 4GB on a 32bit OS as well? That would be really great

Nope, 64-bit only. The price difference between 32-bit and 64-bit OEM is nothing these days.
TreeDude 17th March 2008, 13:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
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Originally Posted by Cupboard
Sounds good ;) Could you do a comparison using 4GB on a 32bit OS as well? That would be really great

Nope, 64-bit only. The price difference between 32-bit and 64-bit OEM is nothing these days.

Yes, but Vista in 64-bit takes up more memory that 32-bit. As do all your apps. In the comparisons I have read it is usually between 15% and 20% more memory usage than 32-bit. So having a 32-bit configuration for the test might be a good idea.
Cupboard 17th March 2008, 13:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tidy_Boy
"4GB on a 32bit"

That would be ok if 32bit OS could use all of it
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Nope, 64-bit only. The price difference between 32-bit and 64-bit OEM is nothing these days.

I know that there is little difference in price and that 32bit OSs can't use the lot. But I though it might have been an interesting comparison to do.

Not to worry though.
Zargon 17th March 2008, 13:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
we've planned to do a specific "Is more memory better" review in a few weeks :)

Any chance you can look at 8gb in the review? I have quite a few questions regarding the advantages of 8gb vs 4gb (64bit vista).
SNIPERMikeUK 17th March 2008, 14:32 Quote
Well overclockers.co.uk are stocking the crucial ram reviewed here, on this week only for just £84.59 (inc. Vat)
Bindibadgi 17th March 2008, 15:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by SNIPERMikeUK
Well overclockers.co.uk are stocking the crucial ram reviewed here, on this week only for just £84.59 (inc. Vat)

Nice find! When did it go this week only? I tried looking around last night but didn't find it. Admittedly I didn't look at OCUK though. We can't really take a special offer as a consistent price though, because next week it could be much more expensive?

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-116-CR&groupid=701&catid=8&subcat=813

Bargain!

Zargon - it's planned as: 2x1GB, 4x1GB, 2x2GB, 4x2GB. That's a lot of hours testing.
konsta 17th March 2008, 15:46 Quote
Just for an unscientific/interest point, I felt that putting another 2gb in my vista 64 system did give it an perceptible extra oomph...

And given that the OS now idles on 1.8gb used...that would make sense. I assume that a fair chunk of that is superfetch, although it is still slightly incredible!
konsta 17th March 2008, 15:49 Quote
---addendum for Zargon

I have never yet managed to use the full 4gb, or even get within 200/300mb of it, regardless of how heavily I am multitasking - I just cannot imagine 8gb giving any further use.
Bindibadgi 17th March 2008, 16:49 Quote
The 64-bit version of Vista is designed to use memory more dynamically, so if you have 8GB of memory it'll simply throw more into it to take even less weight off the need to access the hard drive and pagefile.
ryanjleng 17th March 2008, 16:56 Quote
Hate to jump on the request bandwagon, but if you have a bit of extra time can you run Vista vs Vista SP1. Just a normal 4GB bench (startup-idle and stressed) should be enough.

Forget about it. I could do that here. :) Suspect M$ did something to the fundamental way Vista works with RAM given that they got a wacky branding case in the court and the slight delay in SP1 by a month or so. :)

I think Vista SP1 should be out in a week or 2 to some. In April or May for most.

Vista SP1 out tomorrow. Not in a week.
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I have never yet managed to use the full 4gb, or even get within 200/300mb of it, regardless of how heavily I am multitasking - I just cannot imagine 8gb giving any further use.

It's has a lot to do with the way software is coded.
Bindibadgi 17th March 2008, 19:43 Quote
Article Addendum: We got in contact with CrucialPR that corrected us that the memory chips used are in fact Micron, not Prochip. We have corrected this technicality accordingly :)
masteroffm 17th March 2008, 21:51 Quote
http://img296.imageshack.us/my.php?image=blinkyop7.jpg

i have some of the old tracer modules in my system, but i would have rather had the red tracers to match everything else in my system. but there is something to be said about contrast in colors.
Jipa 17th March 2008, 22:03 Quote
Including a 32 bit OS to the upcoming article would be the "Should I get more memory to my existing rig"-case instead of building a new computer from scratch. Dunno if I'm weird, but I don't feel like buying a 64 bit OS to my existing rig if I've already once paid for the 32-bit version..

That's why it would be nice to see 2 vs 4 GB on 32 bit, though I understand the amount of work and getting bored to death-factor included in testing memory.
docodine 18th March 2008, 03:16 Quote
Also, given the fact that nearly nothing works perfectly with 64-bit Vista, I'm pretty sure that many will stick with 32-bit for quite a while. Also, those people (myself included) would probably like to know the actual performance gain with the one extra GB of memory.
Woodstock 18th March 2008, 03:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
Also, given the fact that nearly nothing works perfectly with 64-bit Vista, I'm pretty sure that many will stick with 32-bit for quite a while. Also, those people (myself included) would probably like to know the actual performance gain with the one extra GB of memory.

what programs dont work for you, ive only found one so far and that wouldnt work in 32bit vista either
Tim S 18th March 2008, 08:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
Also, given the fact that nearly nothing works perfectly with 64-bit Vista, I'm pretty sure that many will stick with 32-bit for quite a while. Also, those people (myself included) would probably like to know the actual performance gain with the one extra GB of memory.

I run Vista 64-bit on my workstation in the office... if it didn't work (and my programs didn't work), I wouldn't be using it.
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