The Bottom Line
June 16 2011 - Crucial is well known for high performance RAM and more recently solid state drives. The Ballistix line of memory features fast clock speeds and low latency for gamers seeking aggressive performance. After testing the Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3 PC-16000 kit hands-on, I found the memory modules to be well constructed with high quality heat spreaders and great overclocking performance. Please note, if you're not sure which Crucial memory is right for you, be sure to check out the Crucial Memory Advisor Tool, which lets you see which memory is compatible with your system.
- Good for Overclockers
- Great Build Quality
- Heat Spreader Height Might Interfere With Some CPU Coolers
- 4GB x 2 Modules
- Ballistix 240-pin DIMM
- DDR3 PC3-16000 (2000MHz)
- 9-11-9-27 Latencies
- 1.65 Volts
- Lifetime Warranty
Review - Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-16000 Desktop Memory Kit
If you're looking to build out the ultimate gaming rig, it's important to have fast memory. After all, being able to load programs simultaneously and access data at a high speed will result in enhanced performance overall. Crucial's Ballistix line of memory modules are built for those looking to run the only the fastest RAM. I was able to test the 8GB kit of DDR3 PC3-16000 hands on and the results were impressive.
Nowadays, even Microsoft Windows 7 calls for at least 4GB of memory. Many gamers will find having a minimum of 8GB of memory to improve performance in a variety of scenarios. And since many gamers use their desktop for more than just gaming (who can afford an expensive desktop that is only used to play Crysis 2?), having the extra RAM will ease the burden of launching multiple program and opening several tabs or windows at the same time.
First of all, the Crucial Ballistix 8GB kit features two 4GB 240-pin DIMMS with integrated aluminum heat spreaders. These heatsinks disperse the heat so your high performance memory runs at a reasonable temperature. They also are nicely sized so I didn't encounter any issues running the sticks in an ASUS Maximus IV Extreme (P67 chipset) motherboard. I found the build quality on the Crucial Ballistix memory to be top-notch, and the heat spreaders are attached solidly.
Crucial Ballistix memory arrives from the factory to run at 1.65 volts, although overclockers may be be able to push that even further. But if you're in the market for high performance memory, you'll definitely want to take timings into consideration. The Crucial Ballistix DDR3 PC3-16000 kit features stock 9-11-9-27 timings, which offer ultra low latency for fast and smooth processes. Since I tested the memory with the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme motherboard, I opted to run the memory overclocked to 2133MHz.
Using AIDA64 Extreme running an Intel Core i7-2600K and the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme motherboard, I was able to achieve the following benchmarks running the RAM at 2133MHz with 11-11-11-32 timings:
- Read: 23409 MB/s
- Write: 24918 MB/s
- Copy: 26664 MB/s
- Latency: 39.8 ns
As you can see from the benchmarks, the Crucial Ballistix 8GB DDR3 PC3-16000 performed extremely well with low latency and nice read/write times. Overall, the Crucial Ballistix 8GB PC3-16000 memory kit is a top buy even at $153 for gamers looking for a high performance kit that is future-proof.