Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR3-1866
As of late, we have seen plenty of memory introductions with Intel’s X79 and Z77 platform buzzing along. The X79 platform supports Sandy Bridge “E” processors in quad channel and the Z77 platform supports both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors in dual channel. We have seen memory speeds easily surpass 2400MHz and inklings of up to 2800MHz which to say the least, is mind boggling. It is safe to say bandwidth is at a premium with the addition of PCIe 3.0, USB 3.0 and oh yes, SATA III 6G.
Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors use socket 1155 but this will be history as Intel will continue their next evolution named Haswell using LGA 1150. Quad channel memory seems to be the target as the Z77 platform (dual channel memory) seems to be at its bandwidth limit (or somewhat close).
Crucial has been manufacturing quality memory modules for nearly 15 years. They are also well known for manufacturing Solid State Drives and USB Flash Drives. The Ballistix name has also been around for some time and is associated with great quality without breaking the bank. Today, we have Crucial’s 16GB Ballistix 1866MHz memory modules on the test bench so let’s see what they bring for the X79 platform.