to see how individual memory stacks up against the competition under stock
configurations, but we're also going to show how it compares when overclocked.
performance in mind, we're going to compare the maximum overclocked results of
the various DDR2/3 memory modules PCSTATS has tested in the past which are
just because memory is clocked fast doesn't mean it's the best thing for a
computer. Timings are also important, and getting the right ratio of both is the
real key to performance based overclocking!
* - denotes tested on ECS PN2 SLI2+ platform
Ballistix PC3-12800 DDR3 memory is not able to keep up with the other DDR3
memory modules tested recently, but it's not slow by any means. The memory did
not support overclocking with 7-7-7-20 low latency timings, but did overclock
fairly well with default (lax) timings of 8-8-8-20 to 1780MHz.
Ballistix DDR3; Good for Overclockers?
In short, Crucial's Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8
memory is the companies
best stab at the DDR3 overclocking wagon right now. The memory runs well on
8-8-8-20 timings when overclocked, but does not stand out from the crowd. In
PCSTATS tests, the Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 memory failed to overclock with tight
7-7-7-20 timings, while most of the other DDR3 memories we have tested could
Crucial is well respected and you can bet we expect a lot
when it comes to its enthusiast class Ballistix line of memory. Did it live up
to the reputation of its previous enthusiast friendly DDR and DDR2 memory line?
Usually we wouldn't question Crucial, but as a relatively member to the
enthusiast market it needs to work a little harder.
Crucial's Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 is pretty
competitively priced at $677 CDN ($680 US, £333 GBP). For that price you get a
2GB memory kit capable of running at DDR3-1600 speeds with 8-8-8-20 timings at a
voltage of 1.8V.
In terms of performance the Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800
CL8 memory had a little less memory bandwidth available to it, but that did not
affect the other benchmarks. PCMark05 results were strong and the gaming tests
show that the Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 was good. Doom 3 and FEAR framerates were
pretty good and comparable to the other DDR3 modules tested recently and that's
a good thing.
In terms of overclocking the Crucial Ballistix PC3-12800
CL8 memory did alright. Not spectacular, not bad either. It overclocked to a
maximum speed of 1780 MHz with 8-8-8-20 timings. Tight timings were a no go,
which was disappointing. It's not the best overclock that PCSTATS has seen from
DDR3 but it's high enough for you to push your hardware.
DDR3 is an emerging market where there are certain to be
many exciting turns down the road. For the moment, Crucial's Ballistix PC3-12800
is decent overclocker memory. At stock speeds it is rock solid and backed by a
great warranty, but PCSTATS would like to see Ballistix live up to its name a
little more by overclocking further.
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