Crucial Ballistix 32GB DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory Kit Review


Our test platform contains the AMD Ryzen 7 5700G processor, ASUS Strix B550-XE Gaming motherboard, and ASRock RX 6800 XT Phantom Gaming OC graphics card. All tests were performed on Windows 10 Pro x64 with the latest updates.

Our comparison includes overclocking results and settings at which the Ballistix DDR4-3600 was stable. The maximum stable frequency using the mentioned motherboard was DDR4-4933 CL18. Better results are possible on the two-DIMM motherboards, but this is a less popular option and may cause stability problems, so in the comparison, we stopped at DDR4-4933.

As usual, we will start with AIDA64 Cache and Memory benchmark, which is probably the best software for synthetic memory speed tests.

Memory bandwidth scales well with memory frequency, reaching nearly 70GB/s at nothing but automatic settings for sub-timings. The XMP profile looks well for its settings and provides high performance without the hassle of manual settings and stability testing.

Below you can see the difference between the synchronous memory controller ratio and the DDR4-4933 setting, which runs at an asynchronous ratio. At each memory frequency, the asynchronous ratio will give us about 5-7ns higher latency. To catch it, we would have to set a much higher memory frequency, which is impossible in our case. Thus the best setting seems DDR4-4800.

PCMark 10 is showing us high performance in mixed load tests. Regardless of the settings, our results are high. Surprisingly, the XMP profile is not much worse than the overclocked settings and is even better in the last test.

It’s time for some 3D benchmarks from UL(previously Futuremark).

3DMark and VRMark benchmarks show us performance differences mostly at lower settings, so tests that use the CPU performance more. In all these tests, the XMP performs well, but all manual settings are slightly better. We can see up to 11FPS more in the Orange test and 4FPS more in the Cyan test on overclocked settings.

In the Final Fantasy XV and Superposition benchmarks at high display resolutions, we can see that all results are very close to each other. Depends on the used RAM and platform, we can see higher or lower performance gain because of memory overclocking.

Modern games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider or FarCry 5 show between 5-7FPS difference between various memory settings. After further tweaking, it can be even more. All our results are high, and even though we can see a couple of FPS more, the user’s experience won’t change as in both cases, there is already about 140FPS.

There is no doubt that even without overclocking, the Ballistix 32GB DDR4-3600 memory is fast enough to handle every game and deliver high performance. Those who chase for every FPS more can try their luck in overclocking as this RAM has a high headroom and gives a lot of fun. On the next page, I will tell you some more about overclocking.


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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.