Ballistix Tactical Tracer 32GB DDR4-2666 RGB LED Memory Kit Review

Overclocking

Disclaimer: Overclocking is never guaranteed, so the results may vary depending on certain conditions and various hardware configurations. I am not recommending overclocking if you do not know what are you doing. High voltages may damage hardware and it will not be covered by warranty.

Overclocking was a big surprise considering quite relaxed timings and not so high declared speed of the Ballistix Tracer memory kit.

On the Threadripper platform, I was able to set DDR4-3200 at timings from XMP profile but at 1.35V. It’s already not bad result as some motherboards for AMD Ryzen processors have problems with DDR4-3200 or higher frequency.

Next step is DDR4-3466 at already relaxed timings of 18-19-19 but still 1.35V.

 

Maximum possible on AMD X399 chipset in quad channel mode was DDR4-3733 CL20-22-22 at 1.35V. Higher voltage wasn’t helping on this platform.

At the same time, fully stable settings are DDR4-3600 20-23-23 at 1.35V and 1.1V SOC voltage. AMD Ryzen reacts well to high-frequency memory and it helps much more than the tight timings so even though we couldn’t set lower CL than 20 then results are still really good.

 

Higher frequency and higher memory performance are possible on the X299 chipset. I’ve used ASRock X299 Professional i9 XE motherboard and the i9-7900X processor. Additionally, as you can see, in these tests in use were two memory kits so 8x8GB or 64GB in total. Filling all memory slot with memory modules is already a challenge for the memory controller. The Ballistix Tracer overclocks great even in this setup reaching DDR4-3800 and passing 100GB/s read, and write bandwidth!

 

Below is also result from PCMark 10 showing the stability of this setup. The Ballistix Tracer RGB at DDR4-3800 is passing this really long and demanding benchmark.

 

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Bartosz Waluk aka Woomack is from Poland. He's been interested in computer hardware and extreme overclocking for over 15 years. Bartosz has also over 12 years experience in IT what includes sales, technical support and computer building ... but not only. He joined the Funky Kit team in January 2013.