The Sport range of Ballistix memory has carved out a position as a go-to name for the needs of mainstream users. Sport kits may not have the ‘tweak-factor’ of Ballistix Tactical or Elite ranges, but they are known to offer strong performance at fairly reasonable prices. We were impressed with the Sport DDR4-2400 kit we saw last year, and now we’ve the Sport LT DDR4-2666 to fully test the credentials of.
A 1.2v four module memory kit, the Sport LT4 DDR4-2666 supports XMP 2.0 and comes with 16-18-18-38 timings. As expected there’s a lifetime warranty, and the part code for this kit is BLS4C4G4D26BFSE. The kit comes in Red, White and Grey, suiting current motherboard trends – and we’ve the last of those options. Happily, red complements our test motherboard nicely, and the modules’ heatsinks carry off a bit of an edgy design rounded off with a touch of digital camouflage. There’s a further aesthetic consideration here too: this particular kit will load all four motherboard DIMM sockets to fill out on-show systems. If that’s not for you, a 16GB Sport LT4 DDR4-2666 kit is available as 2x 8GB.
To see how this memory compared to a beefier foe, we pitted it against one of our test system kits – the Ballistix Tactical DDR4-3000. The Tactical is a two-module 16GB and 1.35v kit, with stated timings of 15-15-16-35. It’s stern competition to provide an interesting comparison. In fact, given that the Sport kit costs £5 extra (direct from Crucial) we hope for fairly comparable performance!
Installing the kit should be pain free, with only enabling an XMP profile in the BIOS to be wary of. For us though the kit wouldn’t pair well with two test motherboards – both rated 100% compatible by Crucial. We’re not sure the cause of our troubles, but all four modules produced a problem-free boot in our third motherboard – Gigabyte’s Z270-Gaming K3. We’ve mentioned XMP, and Crucial notes that speeds on the kit start at 2400 MT/s. However, our Z270-Gaming K3 produced the maximum 2666 MT/s using a default memory profile. XMP may be supported by this kit, but we found no need for it.
Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2666 – Conclusion
As our benchmarks show, this Sport LT DDR4-2666 kit does deliver. It puts up a healthy fight, and does a fine job and so nearly matched the Tactical’s level. Virtually identical frame rates in our gaming tests is the headline. Having said that, memory bandwidth and encoding results were incredibly close too. We’re not surprised that the Tactical kit has the edge, but the Sport’s results is a reminder of the growing efficiency of desktop memory. It’s also an example of Ballistiz desire to progress all of its products, as well as keeping the Sport range evolving and relevant.
Ballistix Sport may not be for those who like to tweak timings, but this kit proves it’s a great option for mainstream users wanting to load out their systems – those wanting a kit that loks the part and offers hassle-free performance. The downside? A four module kit means no space for future expansion. Yet 16GB is the current benchmark for high-end gaming. Also there’s the possibility users who buy this kit will swap out for something more capable as needs develop.
No, the only real reason not to buy this Sport LT DDR4-2666 kit is the cheaper, yet identically specified, 2x 8GB kit that Crucial offers. We will happily recommend this four module kit, but given the choice we’d likely opt for the two module option (with one eye on future expansion). Cheaper, with comparable performance, a two module kit of Sport LT DDR4-2666 memory would likely get our gold award.