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Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3000 Review

Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3000 Review

When building a new system, or looking to upgrade, CPUs and GPUs get loads of us excited. We want the fastest, the most overclockable, the coolest looking. Memory, on the other hand, is often an afterthought. A “what can I get for the cash I have left over”. A good set of modules can make or break a system, though. Today we take a look at one kit which aims to offer a decent mix of capacity and speed in our Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3000 Review.


Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3000 Review – The Modules


As is always the case Crucial go with a fairly standard set of packaging on this version of the Ballistix series. We get an information label on the front and suspended inside are two modules (or four depending on your kit of choice). A cardboard sleeve gives us some key info on the back and as long as the sticks arrive in a nice protective packet, like this, then really memory doesn’t need anything else. We’ve yet to see any modules packaged in this way arrive damaged.

This set of sticks use a black PCB and attached to it are grey aluminium heatsinks with Ballistix Tactical branding. Attached to each is a part number sticker which also includes speed and timings as well as voltage. For those specifications, it is 8GB per stick (XMP is supported) and the profile provided sets the memory at 3000MHz with 15-16-16-35 @ 1.35v. Warranty length is “lifetime”.


Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3000 Review – Performance


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Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3000 Review – Conclusion

Looking at the build quality and design of these Ballistix modules we have a product which, as is always the case for Crucial, impresses. Experience tells us that Crucial always produce parts which are highly compatible and stable and we noted no manufacturing defects. The finish on the heatsink, for example, is flawless and they feel well attached to the modules. Crucial use quality Micron (their parent company) memory and XMP is built in to make our life easy. Just plug in the sticks, select the XMP profile in the BIOS and reboot. Perfectly configured memory.

For price and performance, the Ballistix DDR4-3000 kit retails, as is always the case for Crucial, at a competitive level. Performance is good across the board with notable increases in our results when compared to lower speed memory. As for overclocking, we were able to hit 3400Mhz with a bit of tweaking in the BIOS (C16 at 1.4v).

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Stuart Davidson

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