Benchmarks: 266MHz Memory Performance

Test System Specifications
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz) LGA775


- Crucial 2GB DDR2 (10th Anniversary) TY2KIT12864AA663
- Corsair 2GB DDR2 Value Select VS2GBKIT667D2


- ASUS P5W DH Deluxe (Intel 975X)


- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)


- Seagate 250GB 7200RPM (Serial ATA II)


- Gigabyte Radeon X1950XTX (512MB)


- Microsoft Windows XP Pro (SP2)
- ATI Catalyst 6.9
- Intel System Drivers 7.2.2


The Crucial 10th anniversary memory is designed to operate at 667MHz using CAS3-3-3-12 timings, though 2.2 volts of power is required. I found that when using the ASUS P5W DH Deluxe (Intel 975X) anything less than 2.0 volts would crash the system before loading the OS at this frequency. Strangely enough the Corsair Value Select memory was able to operate at the same frequency and timings using just 1.8 volts without compromising stability.

The Value Select memory performed the same as the 10th anniversary modules at 667MHz and 800MHz using the same timings. That makes sense, however it also means that if don't plan to push your memory any further it would be a wise move to save the extra $50-80 and go with the Value Select. In the other hand, if overclocking is something you consider then we suggest you take a look to the next few pages as we test 333MHz and 366MHz bus performance.