Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR3 SODIMM – A quick look on the Ballistix RAM

Test machine

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

Hardware:

  • Dell Inspiron
    3537
  • CPU: Intel
    i5-4200U
  • RAM: 6GB
    SODIMM DDR3
  • VGA: Intel
    4400
  • HDD1: Corsair
    Force LX
    (OS Drive)
  • OS:
    Windows 8.1


Test applications

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


WinRAR

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

Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR3 SODIMM - A quick look on the Ballistix RAM

There is a difference in the result and it
favours the Crucial 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.

Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR3 SODIMM - A quick look on the Ballistix RAM

Again
the Clear winner is the Crucial RAM compared to the stock RAM that came with
the laptop.

Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR3 SODIMM - A quick look on the Ballistix RAM

Once
more the Crucial BallistiX RAM is proving to be faster with lower latency.


AIDA 64

AIDA 64 is great software. It can help you
identify your hardware, it can test you 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.

Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR3 SODIMM - A quick look on the Ballistix RAM

Both
runs here were done with all power saving features disabled, but the difference
is huge.

Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR3 SODIMM - A quick look on the Ballistix RAM

Once
again the Crucial RAM is able to give the better result.


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.

Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR3 SODIMM - A quick look on the Ballistix RAM

Again the result is in favour of the
Crucial RAM.


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, in this case it will be used to benchmark the virtual disk
that is created in the system memory.

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

Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR3 SODIMM - A quick look on the Ballistix RAM

Not a surprise here, the result favours the
16GB kit with the tighter timings.

Crucial Ballistix 2x8GB DDR3 SODIMM - A quick look on the Ballistix RAM

Again the Crucial BallistiX RAM with
tighter timings is able to give results that are much better than the stock RAM.

 

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