A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

Test machine

For this presentation I will be using a
computer with the following configuration:

Hardware:

  • Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Extreme 4 (Intel Z77
    chipset)
  • Processor: Intel 2nd generation
    Core i5 2500K
  • RAM: 16GB Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz (dual channel)
  • GFX: Onboard Intel HD 3000
  • Sound: Onboard Realtek HD audio
    controller
  • Hard disk OS: Corsair Nova 64GB
  • PSU: Corsair CX430 430W
  • Display: Futsiju Siemens 22”
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit with
    Service Pack 1


Test applications

To test the performance of the Crucial BallistiX
Sport XT, I will be using the following test applications in this quick first
look.


WinRAR

We all know WinRAR, it’s one of the best
compression programs available and also has a build in benchmark, so I let this
run for two minutes and here are the results.

A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

As we can see the faster memory is able to
give slightly higher score, and take a slight advantage over the slower RAM.


MaxxMEM2

MaxxMEM2
is a lightweight tool that allows you to estimate the performance of your
computer’s memory with minimum effort. With MaxxMEM2 you can test your
RAM speed when writing, reading, or copying files. You can also view the memory
latency in order to estimate its effect on the computer performance. You can
get MaxxMEM2 from
http://www.maxxpi.net

Let’s start our test by displaying the
write/read and copy result.

A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

We can clearly see again that the faster RAM
can improve the overall performance in this test.

A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

Again the Crucial BallistiX Sport XT RAM is
proving to be faster by giving a lower latency in this test.


AIDA 64

AIDA 64 is great software, it can help you
identify your hardware, it can test your system for stability, and you can also
use it to do benchmarks. For this test I will be using the memory benchmarking
features of AIDA 64. Below are the results for memory read/write/copy and also latency.

A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

For the above graphs we can clearly see the
impact that the faster RAM has, and once again the Crucial BallisitX sports XT is
the winner.


Cinebench 11.5

Cinebench is a real-world cross platform
test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities, and with
this test we can see how much of a difference there is between the two tested RAM
kits.

A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

We can clearly see that there isn’t a huge
improvement and probably an overclock of both the RAM and the CPU would be more
helpful in this test.


CrystalDiskMark

Crystal Disk Mark doesn’t need an
introduction, it’s a benchmark tool that I have used in all my reviews from SSDs
to USB flash drives, and in this case it will be used to benchmark the virtual
disk created in the system memory.

Let me start by comparing the read results
from the two RAM kits, and then again compare them with regard to write speed.

A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

It’s clear that the faster RAM is able to
give very high numbers in the read test, therefore if you use this RAM as a
RAMDisk you won’t have any speed problems even with very small files.

A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

It’s the same story again when it come to
write speeds, the Crucial BallistiX Sport XT is able to give great results.


Super PI V.1.5

Super PI is a benchmark that calculates pi to a specific number
of digits. It uses the Gauss-Legendre algorithm and is a Windows port of a
program used by Yasumasa Kanada in 1995 to compute pi to 232 digits. For my test I used the version that is
available from techpowerup, and you can get it here.

A first look on the Crucial Ballistix XT 1866MHz RAM

Again we can see that there isn’t a big
difference between the Crucial 1866MHz RAM and the one that I am currently
using in my system.


Some thoughts and facts, and a conclusion

Closing this page I would like to say that
I didn’t do any benchmarks with any games for various reasons, and the main one
been that I don’t have access to an AMD APU. This platform will take full
advantage of the system RAM, since the onboard graphics card will have direct
access to the system memory, and there the performance advantage should make
all the difference.

I don’t know if I was that unlucky, or my motherboard
is that bad, but I wasn’t able to overclock any of the tested ram, the Crucial
BallistiX SPort XT always went back down to 1866MHz and the Kingston RAM had
some serious stability issues. So I decided to abort any overclocking tests with
this motherboard.

Closing my test, I can easily say that the faster
the memory the better the experience you will have, and Crucial’s BalistiX
Sports XT is a RAM kit that will deliver a positive improvement especially if
you are replacing older and lower speed modules.

 

Let’s head to the final page of this review.