Crucial BallistiX Tactical VLP / BallistiX Sport preview

After we recently reviewed three high-end memory kits from Crucial, the Micron subsidiary sent us another two. Today we will take a closer look at the Crucial BallistiX Tactical 16GB DDR3L-1600 CL8 VLP quad kit and the Crucial BallistiX Sport 16GB DDR3-1600 CL9 kit.

We previously tested the BallistiX Sport 16GB DDR3-1600 CL9 quad kit, which consisted of four 4 GB modules. The kit we are looking at today is of the same capacity, but instead has two 8 GB modules. We are seeing among our readers that for high-end PCs 16GB of RAM is becoming the standard.

The modules run at 800 MHz (DDR3-1600) with a CAS latency of 9. The modules have an XMP profile, which enables these settings by one button press on most motherboards with Intel chipset. It stands out that the modules have a DDR3-1954 CL11 profile as well. The BallistiX Sport modules run at the standard DDR3 voltage of 1.5 V, and have a physical height of 3 cm. The kit is available for an average of £91 or € 106. Dabs sells two 8GB modules for £89.26.

The other set we are looking at today is the BallistiX Tactical 16GB DDR3L-1600 CL8 VLP quad-kit. This RAM kit has four 4 GB modules, and has a few unique characteristics. The modules are only 2.5 cm high, and they are special energy-efficient versions. They have a voltage of 1.35V, and a CAS latency of only 8. They have an XMP profile for DDR3-1600 8-8-8. Since this is a quad kit, it's intended for Socket 2011 systems, but the modules will of course work fine on dual-channel motherboards as well. Its average price is £100 or € 148.

Our test system consists of a Core i7 3770K processor on an ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard. We validated whether the modules had the correct XMP information and whether they ran well at the indicated clock speeds. Then we tried to overclock them as far as possible. First we used the standard timings and the standard voltage, according to the XMP values. Then we raised the voltage to 1.7 volts to find out if we could push the modules further, and lastly we attempted 1.7 volt together with 11-13-13 timings. We ran MaxxMEM² and Sisoft Sandra 2012 memory benchmarks on all configurations.

Check out the rest of our review of the Crucial BallistiX Tactical VLP / BallistiX Sport on hardware.info.