Crucial DDR3 PC3-8500 4GB Kit Review: Exceeding Limits

Crucial DDR3 PC-8500 Review: Box Opened

Test System

  • Motherboard: Abit IP35-Pro
  • Processor: Intel C2E QX9770
  • Processor Cooling: Thermalright Ultra 120 w/80.5CFM
  • Power Supply: Corsair HX1000W
  • Video Card: HD 4870 x 2, HD 4870 single
  • Additional Fans: None
  • Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 7200.9 80GB SATAII 8MB cache
  • OS: Windows Vista x64 (Fully Updated)

The above is the test system we will use. In the benchmarks for memory, default timings and specs will be indicated in blue. For these blue results, all the memory timings are left on AUTO in the BIOS, which sets up this specific clock journey across the memory to the FSB to the CPU and back. This will best simulate the likely settings that an average user will get with this memory. For those that like to tweak their RAM, you will most likely tweak it anyways. The overclocks will respectively follow in shades of red. Get it? Red…overclocking…yeah alright. We know you’re all intelligent out there. For memory benchmarks, we run the modules with the highest frequency on the board thereby letting us evaluate for overall occurrence.

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  1. Man, WiG is on top of everything. Loving it.

  2. Another great Review!

  3. Thanks for the review

    Genius as always. Will buy soon

  4. love these reviews and going to buy this right now. Never a fan of the 2gb heat spreaders, rather have 4 GB. thanks!

  5. more and more do i wanna upgrade

  6. Thanks for review man

  7. hardware golden choice iis very difficult to get. Seeing the results though, it earned it.

  8. Whatifgaming is the best <3 ty.

  9. Hmmmm money could be better spent on CPUs and GPU’s for gaming. Totally agree. But I’m a Premeire guy—I definitely want this and am ordering this from Crucial atm. Thanks.

  10. Thank you very much. C’est tres bon.

  11. Sweet. thank. Going to buy it soon

  12. Hardware goldenness.

  13. Amazing stuff. Buying it

  14. Thanks a bunch. CL7 at 1.5V is crazy

  15. We bought another memory :(. Now regretting it says bf. This one is way better

  16. Thanks

  17. Very great review. Quite possibly the best reviews from each category. Always looking forward to more

  18. Thanks! Buying it now

  19. Even 2 fps makes a difference. buying now

  20. Buying this one for sure. Definitely top of the line at 4GB.

  21. Memory clocks seem stable, and tRWT seems just on stable to CL7. Must have it appears. I agree

  22. Tyvm

  23. I’m liking it a lot. Need this for upgrades

  24. Thanks. Love it. But any performance for 8800GTS?

  25. Sweet stuff. I really want gold heat spreads on this still. My cooling isn’t exactly the best

    Apollodorus replied on June 28th, 2008 2:03 AM:

    It’s low on idle and load from the power efficiency after 24 hours. Which is still something.

  26. Thanks

  27. Bought it. Waiting on tracking #

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