Ballistix Elite 32GB DDR4 3466MHz Memory: Page 4 of 6

Posted by Damon Bailey on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 8:00am

System Configuration & Testing

Testing Hardware:

  • ASRock X299 Taichi XE Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7-7820X Processor
  • Samsung 960 PRO SSD
  • Corsair H150i AIO Cooler
  • Open BenchTable Test Bench
  • Corsair RM1000 Power Supply
  • Galax GTX 1070 HOF Graphics Card


Testing Software:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
  • CPU-Z
  • AIDA64 Extreme Edition
  • Passmark Performance Test
  • SiSoft Sandra
  • 7-Zip
  • Super Pi Modded 1.5


Crucial Ballistix Elite

With XMP enabled, we see the rated 3466Mhz. DDR stands for Double Data rate, and the memory transfer’s data twice per clock, so a physical clock speed of ~1733 MHz equates to an effective clock speed of 3466 MHz.

Crucial Ballistix Elite

One more look at the CPU-Z SPD tables to see the rated 16-18-18-36 timings.


AIDA64 Engineer Edition

“AIDA64 Engineer has a hardware detection engine unrivaled in its class. It provides detailed information about installed software and offers diagnostic functions and support for overclocking. As it is monitoring sensors in real time, it can gather accurate voltage, temperature and fan speed readings, while its diagnostic functions help detect and prevent hardware issues. It also offers a couple of benchmarks for measuring the performance of individual hardware components or the whole system. It is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows editions, including Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.”

Crucial Ballistix Elite

Ballistix’s 3466Mhz effective speed lends itself to high bandwidth compared to the slower kits in this chart.

Crucial Ballistix Elite

The Ballistix Elite’s CAS-16 latency brings it an overall latency of just a shade over 80 nanoseconds. Tighter timings on the slower speed kit end up with a slightly faster overall latency, and inversely on the Corsair kit.


Passmark Performance Test - Memory Mark - Threaded

“Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark PerformanceTest ™ allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.”

Crucial Ballistix Elite

The 3466MHz speed and good latency end up giving the Ballistix Elite kit a fair edge over our other tested quad-channel kits with just over 86k points.


SiSoft Sandra

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems--or potential headaches.”

Crucial Ballistix Elite

SiSoft Sandra uses a different testing methodology and comes in very close to 66.3 GB’s in all three functions. While slightly slower, it’s still a very strong score.



"This form allows you to measure the performance of your computer. The benchmark shows a rating of MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken.”

Crucial Ballistix Elite

7-Zip is very bandwidth dependent and the faster speed gives us a very good score, nearly reaching 85k MIPS.


Super Pi Modded 1.5

“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environments such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”

Crucial Ballistix Elite

Since Super Pi is very CPU heavy, overall latency plays a part here and we see 3466Mhz at CAS 16 lands right in the middle of the pack with a 32M calculation time of 7 minutes and 46 seconds.


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