Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB 1866MHz Kit Review
The balance between low timings and fast speed is always a delicate one with various memory kits giving us different takes upon the old question of which is better.
The Crucial Ballistix Elite demonstrates clearly that with good quality memory chips and low timings you aren't crippled in performance by only running at 1866MHz. In fact given our knowledge of how Sandy Bridge just loves lots of memory speed we were amazed at how close a lot of the results were.
Although the pure synthetic tests of AIDA64 and Sisoft Sandra show that the Ballistix Elite hasn't got the absolute performance of the 2133MHz brigade, actually when we tested the more real-world applications of CineBench and PC Mark Vantage the gap all but disappeared.
Of course the big disappointment is that our MSI board absolutely refused to overclock. We know from other results around how a bump up to 1.65v can allow the Ballistix Elite to run at 2133MHz and retain the CAS9 timings. However as that's something that we know should be possible but couldn't demonstrate ourselves we have to score based on what we found.
Out of the box the Crucial Ballistix Elite performance was excellent. It was outstandingly close to a lot of pricier memory kits and just looking at the results you'd assume it was a 2133MHz kit. It looks the business too with the matte black heatspreader on a black PCB. You're getting a lot of memory and a lot of performance for a very reasonable £50, and for that we're happy to award it our Gold Award.