Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz DDR4 SODIMM Memory Kit Review

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Gaming Performance & Overclocking

Intel says that the Intel NUC KIT NUC6i7KYK doesn’t need an add-in graphics card for amazing 3D graphics performance, so we put those claims to the test! We used Intel Graphics Driver version 15.40.23.4444 for Windows 10 to do our testing with. These drivers came out on April 29, 2016 for the 6th Generation Intel Core i5/i7 processor series.

Battlefield 4

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Battlefield 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2011’s Battlefield 3 and was released on October 29, 2013 in North America. Battlefield 4’s single-player Campaign takes place in 2020, six years after the events of its predecessor. Tensions between Russia and the United States have been running at a record high. On top of this, China is also on the brink of war, as Admiral Chang, the main antagonist, plans to overthrow China’s current government; and, if successful, the Russians will have full support from the Chinese, bringing China into a war with the United States.

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This game title uses the Frostbite 3 game engine and looks great. We tested Battlefield 4 with the medium graphics quality preset . We used FRAPS to benchmark with these settings on the Shanghai level. All tests were done with the DirectX 11 API.

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Benchmark Results: Average FPS performance went from 37.9 FPS with the kit running 2133Mhz with CL14 timings to 39.4 FPS with the kit running its default speed of 2400MHz with CL14 timings. This is a 4% performance difference, but keep in mind this test is GPU heavy as we are running medium IQ settings at 1080P. Is running a 2400MHz kit over a 2133MHz worth it? It is if you want to get the very best performance. The performance difference between the Kingston and Crucial 2400MHz kits was less than half a FPS. 

Aida Tight Timings

The good news for Crucial is that we were able to run this kit manually at the same tight timings used by Kingston’s 32GB 2400MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM kit without any issues.

Intel NUC6i7KYK HyperX Impact
32GB DDR4 2400MHz CL14
Crucial Ballistix
32GB DDR4
2400MHz CL14
% Difference
 AIDA64 Memory Read  44,498 MB/s  42,130MB/s  -5.3%
 AIDA64 Memory Write 62,679 MB/s 62,510 MB/s  -0.3%
 AIDA64 Memory Copy 56,679 MB/s 57,893 MB/s  +2.1%
 AIDA64 Memory Latency 57.9 ns 57.4 ns  +0.8%
 Price $260.00 $179.99  -30.8%

 

With the same exact timings run on both kits we can see Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32GB 2400MHz SODIMM kit was able to perform at a higher level in some of the benchmarks and it just so happens to cost $80 less! We wouldn’t call the performance differences major with the same timings being run, but the price difference certainly is.

We tried overclocking the Crucial BLS2K16G4S240FSD memory kit by manually increasing the memory divider to 20 in the UEFI and the system failed to post with looser CL18 timings and higher 1.35 V settings. It looks like 2400MHz is about all this kit has in it on this particular system!

Let’s wrap this review up!

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