Battle of the 16GB SODIMM - Crucial PC3-10600 vs. Ballistix PC-14900 - Let the Benchmarking Begin!

Article Index
Battle of the 16GB SODIMM - Crucial PC3-10600 vs. Ballistix PC-14900
Features, Specifications and Setup
Test Setup and System Information
Let the Benchmarking Begin!
Real-World Benchmarks Continued
Final Thoughts

Benchmarking - AIDA64:

As we begin benchmarking the DDR3 kits against each other, it is important to note that we fully expect the DDR3-1866 to outperform the DDR3-1333 kit with stock timings. Our goal here is to show the different that better RAM can make in a notebook PC and how performance scales on the mobile platform. There are not a lot of reviews available of notebook memory and while we always insist of having great memory in our desktop PCs, often we settle for mainstream memory in our portables. Hopefully this memory will perform much better than the average 16GB kit and make us glad we spent the extra $13 on this kit.

Each of the benchmarks were ran a minimum of three times each with the results being averaged and charted below. These numbers are as accurate and as fair as we can possibly get. The only thing that was changed between the benchmarks was the RAM itself. We never changed out any other system components, software updates or made any other changes.

AIDA64 Performance

Right off the bat this synthetic benchmarks shows a lot more performance out of the Ballistix kit and while I did expect to see better performance numbers, I really didn't expect to see the Ballistix kit perform this much better. While the rating is for about 4.5GB/s better memory bandwidth, we actually are seeing closer to 8GB/s bandwidth gains. I’m sure that we're gaining the extra speed due to the improved latency of the Ballistix modules as well.

 

Benchmarking - MaxxMEM2:

This is a new benchmark for us at BCCHardware and while it’s not new at all, we wanted to make sure that some of the other benchmarks weren't optimized for specific performance profiles and tried to diversify to ensure accuracy in our results. As you can see in the chart below, MaxxMEM2 gives us a more realistic score on the memory performance improvement and here we are seeing much closer - and more realistic results. I’m not saying that AIDA64 is fudging their numbers, but I am saying that different methods of testing and different benchmarking algorithms make a difference - obviously.

MaxxMEM2 Performance

 

Benchmarking - SiSoft Sandra 2014:

As we wrap up our synthetic benchmark section, we take a look at the numbers that SiSoftware's Sandra benchmarks shows us. This benchmark seems to agree with AIDA64 that the new DDR3-1866 memory is significantly better than the slower DDR3-1333 kit.  We see "Float" performance up by 6GB/s and a very similar result with "Integer" performance as well. No matter how you slice it, the faster memory is much faster - if your system supports it.

SiSoftware Performance

 

On the next page we’ll cover a few real-world benchmarks such as Cinebench 3D rendering as well as some HD video encoding to see if faster memory makes a bit impact on these real world applications.