Ballistix Elite Specs and Close up:
||16GB kit (4GBx4)
||DDR4 PC4-21300 • 16-17-17 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR4-2666 • 1.2V • 512Meg x 64 •
||Designed for extreme enthusiasts, gamers and overclockers
Almost all memory packaging in recent years has reached the equivalent of headache pills on a gas station check out rack. Rarely do we see the eye catching fancy boxes of years past. I can’t say that I actually miss it either as the simple clear plastic containers allows you to clearly see the products appearance so it can be matched up perfectly to the project at hand. In this case, the rigid all black heat spreaders against a black PCB gives off a military “Black Ops” vibe that can easily infiltrate any build project or overclocker’s test bench.
Unlike the previous DDR3 variant of Ballistic Elite, the spreaders come in a much lower profile. This lends itself to many options for CPU cooling solutions without having to worry about clearance. These heat spreaders are hefty, so don’t let the lower profile fool you. With the stock voltage dropping down to the new normal of 1.2v, really tall heat spreaders are mostly unnecessary as extreme overclocking would require liquid cooling blocks or an LN2 pot.
Crucial ships the Ballistix DDR4 2666MHz kit with timings of 16-17-17-36 at the standard 1.2v. We should have a good amount of room to play with timings and voltage. Of course they are XMP compliant, therefore the memory default settings are configured automatically by enabling XMP in the UEFI.
The X99 platform is able to run DDR4 in Dual, Triple or Quad channel memory orientations. Each of these has their strong points and weaknesses, which you will have to decide is best for your needs. In this review we will be running all benches in Quad channel as that is what this 4x 4GB PC5-21300 kit was marketed for. Crucial offers Ballistix 2666MHz in 4GB and 8GB single sticks, Dual Channel 8GB(2X4GB) and 16GB(2x8GB) kits and finally 16GB(4x4GB) and 32GB(4x8GB) Quad channel kits.