Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB Kit DDR3-1866 BLE2CP8G3D1869DE1TX0CEU Memory Review

Let us continue with the most important part of the test report, the highest possible stable performance. The multiplier adjustment remains on 13x with all frequencies, because an adjustment for the CPU in half multiplier steps would be too inaccurate to get nearly the same CPU frequency for all tests. The additional XMP test was made with the ASRock Z68 Pro3 motherboard and an Intel Core-i5 2500K CPU. Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition is used as the operating system. The stability was examined with the software Memtest86
and SiSoft Sandra Lite 2010c and Sandra 2012 is for all benchmarks used, because it offers extensive adjustments and a fast result comparison. BTW. the latest SiSoftware Sandra 2012 version is available on our download server and can be downloaded very fast. All memory benchmark tests are also included in the free Sandra Lite version.

First the maximum possible frequency of the memory module was determined with default 1.50 Volt (1.53V). The memory frequency was increased in small steps with a fixed memory timing of 8-8-8-24 2T and default memory voltage, as long as the detailed memory test with Memtest86 runs without any errors. This quite long testing time ensured that this frequency works really stable with these modules.

The highest possible frequency with 8-8-8-24 2T (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS) timings and 1.53V was 780 / 1560 MHz.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of CPU-Z 1.58 with 780 / 1560 MHz and 8-8-8-24 2T with 1,53 Volt:

It’s possible to run much higher frequencies with increased voltages or lower timings, because the frequency values and timings depends directly from each other.

The benchmark comparison of all DDR3 modules were tested with the default 1.53 V, where these modules reached 1560 MHz. This highest possible clocking on the default DDR3 voltage was compared with two other settings. On the one hand they were tested with 200 MHz reference clock x6,66 = 1333 MHz and SPD values (SPD values are programmed in the SPD IC by the manufacturer). On the other hand the highest possible frequency was determined at 8-8-8-24 2T with the permitted manufacturer voltage.

With a frequency of approx. 667 MHz the SPD EEPROM autodetection timings were 9-9-9-24 2T (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS).

Here is a Snipping screenshot of CPU-Z 1.58 with 666.7/1333 MHz and 9-9-9-24 2T:

Officially Crucial specify the voltage of 1.50 Volt without loosing the warranty. More than this voltage was not necessary, to clock the modules stable on an Intel Core-i5 2500K CPU with the XMP values of 931 / 1862 MHz at 9-9-9-27 2T.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of CPU-Z 1.58 with 931 / 1862 MHz (DDR3-1866) with 1.5 Volt:

This kit reached much higher results with 1.5 Volt and reached very fast the maximum – not the maximum of the modules, but the maximum of the motherboard! The highest motherboard frequency with 1.5 Volt was 1064 / 2128 MHz 9-15-15-39 2T.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of CPU-Z 1.58 with 1064 / 2128 MHz (DDR3-2133) and 9-15-15-39 2T with 1.5 Volt:

An inoffical overclocking test outside the manufacturer specification with approx. 2.00 V Vmem offered with the fast timings of 8-8-8-24 2T a maximum of 1667 MHz.

Here is a Snipping screenshot of CPU-Z 1.58 with 833 / 1667 MHz and 8-8-8-24 2T with 1.955 Volt unofficial voltage:

Here are the SiSoftware Sandra 2010 benchmark results:

Frequency Timing Speicher Spannung RAM Range Int Buff’d iSSE2 Memory Bus Range Memory Latency
234 MHz * 6.66 = 1560 MHz fix (8-8-8-24 2T) 1.53 Volt 13.95 GB/s 24.38 GB/s 79 ns
234 MHz * 6.66 = 1560 MHz fix (8-8-8-24 2T) 1.53 Volt 13.95 GB/s 24.38 GB/s 79 ns
200 MHz * 6.66 = 1333 MHz SPD (9-9-9-24 2T) 1.53 Volt 11.36 GB/s 20.84 GB/s 94 ns

By the way, the “Memory Bus Range” is no benchmark value, but this value is quite simple to calculate by the frequency and this is useful for a benchmark comparison. For own comparisons with the values from older Sandra versions before Sandra 2011 it is important to know, that starting from the version 2011 the memory performance in SiSoftware Sandra is differently calculated and one must convert the value, in order to get identical results: Sandra 2010 value /1024/1024*1000*1000 = Sandra 2012 result.

Here’s a diagram of the benchmark values:

Here is a direct comparison of some DDR3, DDR2 and DDR memory benchmark results:

The Crucial Ballistix Elite PC3-14900 memory modules reached with this great result the top of all benchmark results currently tested DDR3 with standard JEDEC voltage at !