Crucial Ballistix 12800 DDR3 2GB



Testing memory involves running through a series of synthetic benchmarks and also some gaming ones for some real world testing. These results are taken with the modules at stock speeds, rated speeds and at fully overclocked speeds. All these results are then graphed and compared to show the benefits of overclocking.

The tests run were as follows:


  1. All 3Dmark tests were run at default settings.

Everest Ultimate

  1. Read
  2. Write
  3. Latency

SiSoft Sandra

  1. Memory Bandwidth

X3 Reunion

  1. Settings at “default”.

Lost Planet

  1. All settings at full, 8xAA, 16xAF, HDR at “high”, 1600*1200

The PC used for testing this kit was our new x38 setup:

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E6750
Motherboard MSI x38 Diamond
HDD Maxtor DiamondMax 20 80GB SATA
Power supply Silverstone Olympian 650W
Graphics card PNY 8800GTS


The first overclock I performed was to take the modules from 1280mhz to their rated overclock speed of 1600mhz. No problems there so I continued to up and hit a wall at 1640 and had to raise the voltage from the stock of 1.8v to 1.9v. With 2.0v I was able to get up to a max of 1680mhz. No voltage changes or timing loosening could improve this.

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Last modified: February 15, 2011

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