Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3-1600 16GB Kit - Installation, Test Setup and More

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Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3-1600 16GB Kit
Installation, Test Setup and More
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Installation:

Installation is pretty simple. Locate your Memory slots, insert the RAM, and once completely seated make sure your latch is fully engaged.

Test  Setup:

 
Ivy Bridge
CPU
Intel Core i7 3770K @ 3.90Ghz
Motherboard
EVGA Z77 FTW
Memory
* 16GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 12800 (1600MHz) 2T (4x4GB)
* 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP DDR3 12800 (1600MHz) 1T (2x8GB)
Graphics
EVGA GeForce GTX 550Ti 2GB
Cooling
NZXT Havik 120
Hard Drives
Western Digital  Black 1TB (SATA III)
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GeForce Drivers
306.97 WHQL

 

For these benchmarks I will be using Aida64 and SiSoftware Sandra. I will also be using CPUID CPU-Z to show the changes and timings in each setting.

I used my Corsair XMS3 as a starting point for my benchmarks to gauge where the Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP will place with similar RAM. I placed both in default (Auto) mode for the first set of benchmarks, then bumped the setting to XMP1 mode for each. My Corsair XMS3 RAM only supports one XMP mode, but Crucial's supported an XMP2 mode with the same timings but a higher voltage. I did benchmarks in this mode as well and there wasn't a noticeable difference in Aida64 or SiSoftware Sandra.  I decided to leave it in XMP1 and utilize the lower voltage settings.

Benchmark Setup:

CPU-Z

As you can see this ram comes preloaded with default settings, for compatibility, as well as two XMP modes. There really isn't much difference in these other than the voltages. I'm sure someone with more knowledge in overclocking might find the higher voltage settings handy though.

The Crucial Ballistix Tactical LP defaults to a lower setting of 1333 MHz @ 1.35v with timings of (9-9-9-24) 1T. When put into XMP1 Mode the settings are increased to 1600 MHz @ 1.35v and timings of (8-8-8-24) 1T.

My Corsair XMS3 was in a similar boat. At default settings it was registering settings of 1333 MHz @1.5v with timings of (9-9-9-24) 2T.  After I put it into XMP mode the only change was the clock speed jumping to 1600 MHz where it was originally advertised to be. Timing remained the same.

Crucial Ballistix Tactical SP Default CPU-Z XMP CPU-Z

 

On the next page, we'll jump into the benchmarks and see how this memory stacks up against another 16GB kit.