Micron memory (Crucial is a brand of Micron FYI) over the years in my experience has been somewhat hit and miss in terms of overclocking. The trend that has tended to follow more recently over the last couple of years is that Hynix has the speed with little gain, Samsung has the performance but with the expense and Micron have the middle of the road! The latter tends to be a more popular choice with those who get what they pay for; Micron deliver what they intend to and that’s a reliable consistent performance spectrum.
Now for the bread and butter, do these 16GB modules offer any potential for extra performance? Well on one hand, we managed to get a fairly nice 400MHz increase over stock XMP 2.0 settings of 2400MHz; the final overclock yielded a 16% increase in speed with a maximum clock speed of 2800MHz. In regards to the latency, we couldn’t tighten them any more than the stock timings of 16-16-16-39 and we even tried upping the voltage to 1.35v, yet it still proved fruitless.
Below are the results comparing the overclocked memory to the stock, as well as other models we have reviewed previously…
Although it still doesn’t top the tables when overclocked, this kit hasn’t been designed for this purpose. I feel this has to be taken into consideration and we believe the Ballistix LT have made a strong showing here!