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Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP DDR3-1600 16GB Memory Review

Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP DDR3-1600 16GB Memory Review

Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP DDR3-1600 Memory Kit Review

Real World Testing

For our real world testing we first run an encoding test with Adobe Media Encoder CS6. This test takes a 4GB RAW 2560×1600 file and converts it to Blu-Ray format and is designed to take advantage of all system resources, including all 8 threads on our i7 CPU. Gaming is represented by a run-through of Shogun 2 at 1920×1080 in DX11 mode and we also test the impact these kits have on our Windows boot time as well as an application load (Heaven benchmark). Finally we run stability testing on the modules using various applications such as Prime95 to stress the sticks and test their temperature with an Infra-Red thermometer.


Adobe Media Encoder



Benchmark Results



Total War: Shogun 2 @ 1080p



Benchmark Results



Boot Time



Benchmark Results


Load Time



Benchmark Results


Temperature



Benchmark Results


On the last page we saw that there were some gains in synthetic performance and memory bandwidth so moving to real world testing it should be the same. Overall the findings show that boot and load times are near identical between the two DDR3-1600 kits but media encoding and gaming do get a small boost. It is also nice to see that the Crucial kit runs a little cooler and not significantly different to sticks with large, tall heatspreaders which we have reviewed in the past.

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Stuart Davidson

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