Battle of the 16GB SODIMM - Crucial PC3-10600 vs. Ballistix PC-14900 - Real-World Benchmarks Continued

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 - Cinebench 11.5:

We've used Cinebench for years to test CPU performance as well as video card and memory performance. In some systems, memory plays a large roll - if the other components are plenty fast. In other situations where the CPU and memory are fast, the video system is the bottleneck. Cinebench tests both CPU and OpenGL rendering so we do gain a bit better insight into what to expect and if memory plays much of a roll in this performance.

Even though this is "real-world" rendering, keep in mind that your results will vary from system to system.

Cinebench

As you can see above, OpenGL performance is identical with both kits, so that clearly isn't the point of contention here. Where we do see any difference is in CPU performance which relies much more heavily on the memory. While the performance gains are a mere 0.33 in favor of the Ballistix DDR3-1866 memory, and that actually translates to 5% performance increase - just based on the memory alone. That isn't anything to get all crazy-excited about, but it is a gain that you may see over time - especially if you are rendering large projects.

 

Benchmarking - x.264 HD:

Our last benchmark is x.264 and this benchmark simply encodes video as fast as it can and keeps track of the total frames per second. I'll admit, I was expecting a bit more difference in the two kits, ast the difference was a mere 1.3 frames per second. This does translate to a little more that 2% performance improvement over the stock DDR3-1333 kit, but again, it's nothing too crazy at all and actually falls in the cracks as it is within margin of error.

x.264 HD

 

On the last page, we'll wrap up with our final thoughts on these kits.