Performance and Thermals
The new look for Ballistix is looking good but this isn’t a fashion show, they have to perform as well. The kit that Crucial sent over is their 3600 MHz kit with 16-18-18-38 timings. Which in itself isn’t crazy, but with 32GB sticks, in dual channel the 16 CAS latency is impressive. There aren’t any other 3600 MHz kits running it on Newegg right now this kit isn’t even on there as well. There aren’t ANY 32GB stick kits listed that are running over 3200 MHz with a CAS latency of 16. To start things off I did take a look at the memory using Thaiphoon and CPU-Z. Thaiphoon has the kit listed with its 1802 MHz (which is 3604 Mhz) and the correct timings at 1.35V and the pre XMP speed at 2666 with 19-19-19-43-62 for a safe boot. These are 16 GB B-Die from Micron of course. CPU-Z just confirms the clock speeds and timings as well as that we are running in Dual channel. I included the full CPU-Z readout to also show our test configuration (which is also listed in the test rig section) as well as the BIOS revision for our motherboard.
To start the testing off I went with AIDA64’s memory tests for read, write, copy, and latency and I have the last few DDR4 kits that have come through the office for comparison numbers. With the 3600 MHz clock speed, I wasn’t expecting to go out and beat some of the higher clocked kits and they didn’t. But they did run right with the Trident Z Royal kit which because of its lower capacity has lower timings and you can also see just how much faster the kit was compared to the Dominator kit running at 3000MHz. Only on the copy test did the larger capacity kit outperform the Trident Z Royals.
Now I did run Cinebench R20 and R15 as well but somewhere between our last memory review and this one the results went crazy and were slower across the board including from the Trident kit so I had to toss out the old results and only go with what I had retested which as you can see the Ballistix kit did great here. Cinebench R20 loved the extra capacity for its heavy workload.
Then in Passmark Performance Test 9 the big capacity of the dual 32GB kit helped put it ahead of the rest by a healthy margin.
For thermal testing, I just wanted to see how the new heatspreaders would handle some heat. I used AIDA64’s stress test on the memory setting for a half hour to heat things up and then got a picture with the Flir. As you can see below, they didn’t heat up much, even compared to the motherboard itself next to the memory.