Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666 Memory Review


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Testing & Results Continued

Time to change up the tests a bit. I wanted to throw in some GPU and rendering programs to the mix and get an idea of the extra speed the Crucial Ballistix Elite offers is worth it.

Handbrake 64bit

First up we have Handbrake. Handbrake is an open source video transcoder. Unlike some of the other applications used for testing, Handbrake is not a synthetic test. The results below are ‘real-world’.


I recorded a 5 minute 1080p video using my phone. The resulting transcode time from Handbrake is neck and neck, with a slight edge of 2 seconds going to the Crucial Ballistix Elite kit.

3DMark 11 Professional Edition

Futuremark’s 3DMark software has been around in various iterations for quite some time now.  Mainly for testing GPU and physics, this software can still bring modern PC’s to their knees with the 1080p Extreme preset.

3DMark 11 has quite a lot of tests to throw at any benchmarking computer. So many in fact, that I had to make two charts to manage the results.



In the first chart we have overall 3DMark scores. Graphics, physics, and combined scores. There is very little difference in the scores between the Crucial Ballistix Elite and Corsair Vengeance kits. However, the Crucial Ballistix Elite is the winner in every category, even if the numbers are relatively small.

The second chart focuses on the graphics tests. Scores show the raw FPS numbers, and as you can see the EVGA 980 Ti Classified did not trounce through the Extreme preset by any means. Again, we are seeing very tight numbers here. The results are essentially a tie. The Crucial Ballistix Elite does manage slightly better numbers, but in a real-world scenario you would not be able to tell a difference.

Heaven Benchmark 4.0 / Valley Benchmark 1.0

The folks over at Unigine specialize in real-time 3D technologies. They are heavily involved in simulations, virtual reality, and video gaming, just to name a few things.

Heaven Benchmark focuses on DX9,  DX11, and OpenGL 4.0 tests, with the ability to test tessellation. I ran Heaven in 1080p with Ultra preset, Extreme tessellation, and 8x AA.

Valley Benchmark 1.0 adds dynamic sky, volumetric clouds, sun shafts, DOF (depth of field), and ambient occlusion to pound your graphics card to the limit. I set Valley Benchmark to 1080p, Ultra preset, with 8xAA.

As with Handbrake these GPU tests are not synthetic. Although they are scripted tests, they are much closer to a real-world gaming scenario.



The verdict is a virtual tie. The Crucial Ballistix Elite again wins on both accounts, but only by the slightest of margins. Watching these benchmarks run with both memory kits there was no visual difference to be discerned.

Gaming performance is helped some-what by memory speed, but it’s mainly about having enough RAM installed to satisfy your games requirements. Too little RAM installed is going to be more of a hindrance by a long-shot than having higher speed RAM for marginal gains in gaming performance.


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