OCZ 2GB PC2-8500 Reaper HPC CrossFire-Certified RAM
Unfortunately for our Linux tests, CrossFire isn't supported in Linux yet. In this case, I shouldn't see any major benefits from the RAM aside from just being a better option, if it is. In the case of Linux, I'm going to look at Unreal Tournament 2004 performance, as well as several benchmarks from the Phoronix Test Suite such as Nexuiz, Audio Encoding, and gzip compression.
All benchmarks are being conducted in Ubuntu 8.04 64-bit.
Unreal Tournament 2004
Unreal Tournament 2004 has native versions in both Linux and Windows, making for a great way to compare the game between different operating systems. The benchmark was once again run as a botmatch on DM-Rankin.
The Phoronix Test Suite has a great benchmark for Nexuiz. After running a simple CLI command, a Nexuiz botmatch opened. The benchmark collects the average FPS.
Audio and Gzip Compression
Another great feature the Phoronix Test Suite has is the ability to benchmark the compression speeds of several audio formats as well as gzip. A faster set of RAM should lead to faster compression times.
Conclusion on Linux Benchmarks
Without support for CrossFire, we saw the Crucial Ballistix slightly pass up the OCZ Reaper HPC in scores. At only a second or two behind the Ballistix Tracer in compression times, the Reaper HPC still puts up a good fight. We see this change in Unreal Tournament 2004, where the Reaper HPC does indeed outperform the Ballistix Tracer. This is ironic, as the Ballistix Tracer was the better performer in the Windows port of UT2004.
Much like in Windows, I can't define a clear-cut winner. Both kits have their wins and losses in our benchmarks. It's best to say that the two sets of RAM keep up with each other, telling me that OCZ's CrossFire-certified Reaper HPC memory is a fantastic choice in RAM regardless of whether or not CrossFire is thrown into the mix.
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