Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR4 3200Mhz Review. (BLE4C4G4D32AEEA) Today we examine a blistering quick set of DDR4 RAM from Crucial. It doesn’t seem that long ago, I was ranting about the of lack faster products from the brand.
To be clear, Crucial products we’ve reviewed have performed admirably, but the kits we’ve seen have always been available in slower speeds, compared to most of the brands we pit them against. The 3000Mhz kits actually debuted a while back but we’re just now taking a closer look at recently launched 3200Mhz
The age old debate lingers on, do we really need faster RAM? is it beneficial? We’ve made our feelings clear in the past and the short answer is yes, it helps. With speeds of 3200Mhz, how does this particular kit perform?
[Packaging and First Look]
Packaging is a simple affair, as with most RAM. Crucial ship their modules in a plastic hardcover BUT… unlike some other brands, you do not require an arsenal of tools, a first aid kit on standby, or life insurance policy to open the package.! Capacity and speeds are listed clearly on the front
Crucial is smart and eco-friendly, they actually use the same insert for all their current products. Credit to them avoiding unnecessary printing and potential waste!
The design is a smart one, with no areas of concern here. With no tall heatsinks, odd shapes or anything that could cause any clearance issue with coolers. The Heat spreader is made up of with a mix of blacks. The top section has a unique finish, that reacts to light. Along the top side, we have a ridged design.
The opposite side is a mirror relection, with detailed information such as serial and product timings. The design will surely please the masses. Despite being low key and simple, We feel it to be very elegant. The color will render this set as a logical choice for ANY motherboard you have.
The modules are really impressive to look at it, one of those products that grow on you even more so, with time. The more attention you pay, you’ll start to notice all the tiny detailing.
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|Intel® i5 6600K (Skylake)|
|Video Card:||Intel iGPU/ AMD XFX 390|
|PSU:||Bitfenix Fury 750G|
|Hard Drives:||SSD – Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB|
|OS:||Windows 10 X64|
[Foreword on Overclocking]
Overclocking is often dubbed as the silicone lottery. You should keep in mind, each user experience will differ. What we present is the best we achieved with our setup. We only provide 100% stable results, we may mention potential overclocks, but only include data from stable runs. A system must be pass extreme torture testing from Gaming, Benchmarks and stress tools to be deemed stable.
With some playing around in the BIOS, we hit a limit of 3333Mhz. However, would couldn’t complete our entire stress testing suite, so its a fail.
Each kit will vary and if you’re willing to slacken the timings and experiment, you may achieve better!
A recent test we’ve added in the mix. While the differences don’t look significant at first glance. This system intensive test, does benefit from faster RAM, and the Crucial kit trumped the same speed offering from Kingston
[Aida64 Cache Test]
AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. AIDA64 Extreme Edition provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory.
[Performance Test 8]
Passmark PerformanceTest is an award-winning PC hardware benchmark utility that allows everybody to quickly assess the performance of their computer and compare it to a number of standard ‘baseline’ computer systems. Find out if your PC is performing at its best, compare the performance of your machine to similar machines and make objective independent measurements on which to base your purchasing decision.
MaxxMEM2 is a benchmark designed to help you measure your memory’s performance. It uses current technologies like sse, mmx, scheduled threading and further techniques, including an accurate time measurement that provide reliable consistent results. All this will precisely reflect the performance of your system. Every little change done on the benched system will take place on the received results. Furthermore MaxxPI² will provide all users easy comparison with other machines. Save, view and work with own results.
This is echoed once again in MaxMEM
We’ll start with a look at 3D mark, granted not a game buts a popular application, and it will be interesting to see the gains, found from faster kits.
Looking the whole picture from slowest to fastest. A real game of back and forward, and really puts emphasis on what I’ve said about timing vs frequency in past reviews.
Notice the 2666Mhz kit from Crucial, outdoing the Kingston variants ( it has the tightest timings) The regular Firestrike test clearly prefers frequency, however, when it comes to 4K gaming the tighter timings play their role too.
Let us jump into performance first, and yes I know… it’s been debated to death with DDR3, and will be again with DDR4! In short yes… faster frequencies are better, but there are so many whats if’s and buts that come into play. What we’ve seen, is that the extra money involved is worth it overall.
Some applications love the extra frequency, with Games your Mins/Max FPS will rise for sure. There’s no doubt it’s more beneficial, to use the fastest kit you can afford/motherboard supports. While DDR4 as a whole, is rising in cost as I write this. This Crucial Ballistix Elite 3200Mhz, is one of most competitively priced kits on the market, only a few pounds more than the 3000Mhz version also from critical
The design is a simple but eye-catching one, it’ll look at home in any colored rig. I adore the elegant heatsinks, and I’ve no areas for concerns or suggestions for the design to be tweaked. The kit delivered more that I expected, and has set the baseline for others in the 3200Mhz category. Be realistic, this isn’t isn’t going to blow your mind, if your upgrading from say 2666Mhz, but it will make a difference for sure.