Crucial Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600

Overclocking and Conclusion

Intel QX6700
MSI X48 Platinum motherboard
Sapphire X1900XTX
Western Digital Caviar 16mb SATA 2 HDD
Zalman 500W PSU

We used the following software to benchmark the kit, Everest Ultimate Edition, Sisoft Sandra XI, SuperPi and Pcmark Vantage. We decided to use Patriots Pc3-14400 kit and Supertalents ProjectX 1800 kit to compare with.

Crucial Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 Review
In SuperPi we use the 8M test option which allows us to really see a difference in performance between the kits. Here the goal is to actually have as low as possible. Here the Patriot kit is 4 seconds faster than the Crucial kit although the Crucial has been overall much faster so now the overclocking test remains so we can get an idea on the final performance.

After awhile of tweaking and pushing the voltages back and forth we started boosting the ram to 286FSB and then finally 306FSB which was our last stable bootup. We tried it at 316FSB but were unable to get a clean bootup. I think that you could go a bit further with the right hardware and a bit more extreme tweaking skills than we do.

This ram kit has proven to be a very reliable performed both under stock and overclocked speeds. It has outperformed its competitors in this review and I can’t really find any con so far for this memory kit. In general the DDR3 has dropped and is dropping in price fast which makes it a good choice to gain a bit of performance. It was well packed and we had no heat issues even under our overclocking testing. I feel that this is a good kit and surely will give it our recommended award!

Crucial Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-10600 Review

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