Crucial Smart Ballistix 4GB DDR3-1600 Kit - Test Setup and Software

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Crucial Smart Ballistix 4GB DDR3-1600 Kit
Test Setup and Software
Benchmarks and Lights
 

 

Test Setup:

In this section we will show the setup of the test system for our memory testing. This memory comes with SPD timings of 888MHz at CL6, 1184MHz at CL8, 1332MHz at CL9 and an XMP profile of 1600MHz at CL8.  We didn't test the memory at low speeds and started our testing at PC3-12800 (DDR3-1600MHz) at CL8 with a 1T Command Rate (XMP Setting).  Our other tested speeds for this kit are the somewhat standard DDR3-1866 CL9 (wouldn't run stable at CL8) 2T.  The memory was unstable at 1622 MHz at CL8 so we switched to CL9 timings and hit a wall at 1928MHz.  We tested using both 8-8-8-24-1T and 9-9-9-24-2T settings.

 

 

Test System:


Sandy Bridge
CPU
Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.30GHz
Motherboard
Gigabyte P67A-UD3 Motherboard
Memory
4GB Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3-1600 Kit
Graphics
1x Radeon HD 5870
Cooling
Stock Intel Cooler
Hard Drives
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
ATI Drivers
10.12 Drivers

We only used two main memory settings for testing the Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600 memory.  We use the timings on the label - 8-8-8-24 1T at 1.65v as well as the fastest clock speed available at CL9.  Our fastest CL9 speed ended up being DDR3-1928 at 2T with a voltage of 1.60v.  CL7 settings never provided stable results - nor did running the memory at 8-8-8-24 1T at any speed much above stock.  When doing most of our memory tests, we don't over volt the memory, but as this memory has temperature monitoring, we figured that we'd take a go at it.  At 1928MHz the memory has proved itself to be rock stable during a week of testing and temperature logging. 

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
SPD
SPD
Memory
Memory

 

Software:

While the Ballistix M.O.D. (Memory Overview Display) software has now officially been released, it appears to have more functionality than the beta version and they have taken a few suggestions from the community and made things work a little smoother.  This updated version allows for temperature logging, alarms, notification and shutdown as well as total runtime, LED control and a bit more.  Take a look at the screenshots below before we continue on to testing.

Ballistix MOD SPD
SPD Info
Ballistix MOD Temp
Temperature Monitor
Ballistix MOD Lights
Lighting Control

Ballistix MOD Settings
M.O.D. Settings
Ballistix MOD About
M.O.D. About Info

 

Some of the information in the Crucial M.O.D. utility is identical to that found in CPU-Z.  Crucial does offer temperature monitoring, alarm, shutdown, run-time and light control as well.

On the next page we'll jump into some benchmarks and find out how fast this dual channel kit is when compared to some memory we've tested recently.  We'll also take a look at the lights and see how well they add a custom touch of class to your PC.