Overall Score 4.6  

Introduction

DDR4 has been with us for some time now and manufacturers are starting to produce mainstream and branded products. With only one chipset supporting DDR4, the Intel X99, it is still an exclusive market for DDR4, but that should all change soon.

In the meantime, if you have an X99 motherboard your choices are expanding for DDR4. The big guns are now in full swing for DDR4 production and if that’s your cup of beer then read on. Today we have the Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400Mhz 16Gb kit for review. It comes in four DIMMs and is a low profile, or normal profile as we like to think, configuration.

Crucial are calling this memory “Performance memory for everyone” though it does look to be aimed at the gamer and performance enthusiast, mainstream users with the appropriate chipset will also enjoy the fun.

Technology

Launched in September 2012, DDR4 offers a higher module density over DDR3 and at a lower voltage. This means larger and cooler DIMMs giving the highest module size to date. DDR4 also promises higher speeds than ever before probably maxxing out in the 3500/4000Mhz area, almost a 1:1 relationship with the CPU.

  • Capacity 16GB kit (4GBx4)
  • Specs DDR4 PC4-19200 • 16-16-16
  • Unbuffered
  • NON-ECC
  • DDR4-2400
  • 512Meg x 64
  • Voltage 1.2V

Crucial describe this memory kit as;

Performance memory for everyone

Serious gamers are serious about our award-winning Ballistix and Ballistix Tracer products. At Crucial, we engineer these products to deliver the fastest, most reliable memory for gaming and performance enthusiasts.

But why should the most hardcore gamers have all of the fun?

If you‘re new to performance memory and like what Ballistix has to offer, the Crucial Ballistix Sport Series is a great place to start. This line was created for mainstream users and general enthusiasts. They feature heat spreaders for thermal performance — along with standard timings and voltages, making this reliable, quality module ideal for maximum stability and compatibility.

Crucial will also be offering Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 memory, this will be available in Q1 and extends the Ballistix Sport line of memory further. Crucial are going all in with DDR4, they have the clout to as well. The have an impressive line up, so let’s see if their Ballistix Sport DDR4 Memory is any good.

Product Shots

Packaging is simple and clean, and standard for memory these days. It gives you a chance to see the lovely DDR4 modules before you buy, a nice showcase.

P1040545

4x4Gb DIMM making this a 16Gb kit of DDR4.

P1040549

P1040550

We think this is pretty nice looking RAM, black PCB’s and silver detail, we have already forgotten about the old fashion green PCB’s!

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