Crucial Ballistix 240-pin DIMM, DDR3 PC3-12800 memory module

Testing:

Testing was done with the following test setup

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K 3,3GHz
Motherboard: Asus P8P64 PRO Rev 3.1
RAM: Patriot 4GB DDR3
HDD: Patriot TorqX 2 128GB SSD
Videocard:  Asus 9800GT

Testing was done with the following software:

Aida64 Extreme
SuperPi

We tested this ram vs the Visiontek 8GB PC3-12800 CL9 1600 EX DDR3 that we reviewed a while back.

Overclocking:

We ran the kit at 2000 Freq from its stock 1600, at stock timings. No issues thus far, increasing the speed a tad more gave us a unstable setup.

Quite decent overclocking on the ram I have to admit.

Aida 64 Extreme:

aida64

 

We have very similar numbers in Aida as both kits perform very well without delays or stability issues and at the same time give us some quite decent performance numbers.

Sisoft Sandra 2012, Memory Bandwidth:

mem bw

In this test the results should be as high as possible, compared to the Visiontek kit the ram performs a tad faster.

Sisoft Sandra 2012, Memory Latency:

latency

 

Our results in this test are inconclusive, for some reason the difference is huge between the kits even after running the test several time.

I dont know if its a fluke or a bug or the actual result.

Sisoft Sandra 2012, Cache and Memory:

cache

 

The bandwidth should be as high as possible while the speed should be as low as possible in this test, so we see that we got some mixed results.

Conclusion:

This is a very nice ram kit with a lot of potential, you can overclock it quite a bit and it runs smooth and stable at a high performance.

The size makes it possible to mount big cpu coolers and have a lot more space around the cpu socket for mods and watercooling. The only “con” that I have found is that the price tag is a bit steep at around 85$ which is a tad bit more than normal size ram cost today. However, if you need low profile ram make sure to keep this kit in mind as we recommend it for high performance, small space requierement and overclocking capabilities.

Pros:
Performance
+ Overclocking
+ Size

Cons:
– Price

recommended

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