Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory Kit. For more than a decade, Crucial have produced great memory kits for a variety of users, including gamers, enthusiasts and of course, your everyday average user. I still remember my very first Crucial memory kits with the gold heat spreaders (does any remember those – haha, I’m showing my age here). Anyway, I’ve always like the look, the performance and quality of Crucial memory kits … and so far, they haven’t let me down.
When we decided to upgrade our test rig to a X99 platform, we had to literally change everything. Motherboard, CPU, Ram, etc … Thanks to our sponsors, we managed to put together an ASRock X99X Killer 3.1 motherboard, HIS Radeon RX 480 Roaring 8GB GDDR5, Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU, Intel Core i7-6800K and various other components from our partners. We requested some DDR4 ram from Crucial and they were more than happy to ship us their Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory Kit (4x4GB).
Now that we’re all set … there’s nothing more to do than to give the Crucial memory kits a full test.
Here’s a little blurb taken from Crucial’s website.
Speed. Style. Sport. Get more out of your memory.
Designed for performance enthusiasts, gamers, and anyone who simply wants to get more out of their system, Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 memory helps you do just that. Give your processor the resources it needs to perform and make your computer faster and more responsive.
Make your system go Ballistix.
Memory is fun when it’s faster, when it’s stylish, and when it helps your system perform at a higher level. Compared to standard Crucial DDR4 memory, that’s exactly what Ballistix Sport is engineered to do. Get faster speeds and run demanding applications with ease. Multitask at will with increased bandwidth. And strike first with better latencies and reduced load times.
Install with ease.
Getting more out of your system should be easy — and that’s exactly how we engineered Ballistix Sport memory. Using cutting-edge technology, intuitive module design, Intel® XMP 2.0 profiles and more, we designed Ballistix Sport with the sole intent of creating affordable, easy-to-use performance memory. Installation is a cinch: just plug-and-play, and get ready to win with little to no BIOS configuration.
With a stealth digital camo design and integrated heat spreader, Ballistix Sport LT is designed to be your memory lieutenant. Keep your system cool and collected while mowing down the opposition — whether that’s a challenging spreadsheet or an opponent you’ve just reduced to a bloody pulp.
Micron® quality—a higher level of reliability.
As a brand of Micron, one of the largest memory manufacturers in the world, Ballistix memory is built to last and delivers a higher level of performance than standard memory. For more than 35 years, we’ve engineered old-school DDR memory all the way to Ballistix Sport DDR4, which empowers you to seize an affordable performance edge. Backed by a limited lifetime warranty and rigorously tested to some of the most demanding standards in the industry, Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 memory has been thoroughly proven and is ready to make an immediate impact in your system.
The appearance of the memory kits does look very nice. It has that “menacing military” look with those nice black heat spreader and PCB. According to Crucial, these kits are optimized for the latest Intel platforms and they come with life-time warranty.
Rated to run at DDR4-3000 with XMP profiles 2.0, I’m expecting these modules to perform pretty good against other DDR4 ram kits on the market. As for overclocking, let’s see how far we can push them.
OK, now let’s take a closer look at the Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory Kit … starting with their specifications on our next page.