Ballistix Elite PC4-28800 4x8GB Review (Page 9 of 10)

Page 9 - Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R20

About SuperPI

Super PI is a computer program that calculates pi to a specified number of digits after the decimal point—up to a maximum of 32 million. It uses Gauss–Legendre algorithm and is a Windows port of the program used by Yasumasa Kanada in 1995 to compute pi to 2^32 digits.

Super Pi is used by many overclockers to test the performance and stability of their computers. In the overclocking community, the standard program provides a benchmark for enthusiasts to compare "world record" pi calculation times and demonstrate their overclocking abilities. The program can also be used to test the stability of a certain overclock speed. If a computer is able to calculate PI to the 32 millionth place after the decimal without mistake, it is considered to be moderately stable in terms of RAM and CPU. However, longer tests with other CPU/RAM intensive calculation programs will run for hours instead of minutes and may better stress system stability. While Super Pi is not the fastest program for calculating Pi, it remains very popular in the hardware and overclocking communities.

From: Wikipedia (January 22, 2011)

We have always included SuperPi in our benchmark results, because it is a quick and dirty run that always proves to be interesting. It is neither the fastest way to calculate Pi nor is it the most challenging. But being an enthusiast at heart, this program has always provided interesting results for showing off your overclocking prowess on your favorite online forum. This time around, the Ballistix Elite PC4-28800 4x8GB scored at the end, albeit being one of the second fastest rated memory kit in this test. That said, wherever you were in the rankings, the differences were negligible at best.

About Cinebench R20

Cinebench is a real-world cross-platform test suite that evaluates your computer's hardware capabilities. Improvements to Cinebench Release 20 reflect the overall advancements to CPU and rendering technology in recent years, providing a more accurate measurement of Cinema 4D's ability to take advantage of multiple CPU cores and modern processor features available to the average user. Best of all: It's free.

From: Developer's Page

Cinebench R20 is Maxon's latest benchmark to measure CPU rendering performance. The GPU test was dropped by the developers because it has been considered as irrelevant in the benchmarking scene for a while now. Like PCMark 10, since this is a new benchmarking program to us here at APH Networks, we did not retest all the kits we have in inventory, but nonetheless had sufficient data for comparison with our subset of parts. Obviously, having a fast processor will play a significant role in determining these scores, but that does not mean RAM does not do anything at all to contribute to these results. As you can see in our charts above, the Ballistix Elite PC4-28800 4x8GB came in second by an extremely small margin compared to the other two tested kits, which is excellent.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 CPU
4. Benchmark: AIDA64 FPU
5. Benchmark: AIDA64 Memory
6. Benchmark: PCMark 10
7. Benchmark: 3DMark
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 9.0
9. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R20
10. Overclocking and Conclusion