Crucial Ballistix 32GB DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory Kit Review

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Speed:  DDR4-3600
CAS latency:  16
DRAM family:  Ballistix
Density:  32GB Kit (16GBx2)
Brand:  Crucial
Module type:  UDIMM
Extended timings:  16-18-18-38
Technology:  DDR4
Voltage:  1.35V
Warranty:  Limited Lifetime
PC speed:  PC4-28800
Kit Qty:  2
DIMM type – Unbuffered

 

The tested Ballistix memory uses single-rank modules based on the Micron B-die IC. Each module has a 16GB capacity. It’s hard to find any other brand that uses this type of IC. We could find the same IC in the top Ballistix modules like the MAX series rated at DDR4-4000 or DDR4-4400. Of course, if we pay more, we get guaranteed higher frequency, while those who want to save some money can try their luck in overclocking.

Below is more detailed info about memory modules.

If you are searching for the best Micron IC, you can find it in Ballistix memory kits. As the manufacturer says, Ballistix optimizes performance at the die level instead of only binning as all other brands do. This is, in fact, true. If we take any other RAM based on Micron IC, it’s somehow worse and usually sold at a lower frequency or more relaxed timings than the Ballistix series.

Our memory kit has one XMP profile, programmed to run at DDR4-3600 CL16-18-18 and 1.35V. This is already pretty good as most new series are more often rated at DDR4-3600 CL18-22-22 and cost about as much.

For most users, DDR4-3600 will be optimal as every new platform works at this clock. Additionally, every memory controller will handle this speed without a requirement to run at asynchronous ratios, which lowers the performance. We can see this in the case of Ryzen 3000 or 5000 and the latest 11th generation of Intel processors. To show a wider range of frequencies without a performance loss, we will use Ryzen 7 5700G APU, which can run at much higher synchronous ratios.

Before tests, let’s take a closer look at the package and its contents.

 

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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.