Crucial Ballistix BL2K8G36C16U4W 3600 MHz, DDR4, DRAM, Desktop Gaming Memory Kit, 16GB (8GB x2), CL16, White

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Crucial Ballistix BL2K8G36C16U4W 3600 MHz, DDR4, DRAM, Desktop Gaming Memory Kit, 16GB (8GB x2), CL16, White

Crucial Ballistix BL2K8G36C16U4W 3600 MHz, DDR4, DRAM, Desktop Gaming Memory Kit, 16GB (8GB x2), CL16, White

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You can see in the CPUz, HWiNFO64, and AIDA64 information above the specifications of the RAM at default, on Auto. Strong 16-18-18 primary timings at DDR4-3600 make this kit especially interesting, as does the tight vertical integration – Crucial are the in-house memory brand for chipmaker Micron. The heat sink design turned out to be somewhat superficial, but as our results clearly showed, overclocking was not hindered by the cooling method. This adds a dash of realism to the review and shows that the Crucial Ballistix RGB DDR4-3600 kit is plenty fast enough here at XMP, never mind with a manual overclock.

These modules are small enough in height that they do not interfere with air cooler or AIO cooler installations. From a top side view, they look very industrial and mechanical like, with the ‘Ballistix’ branding smack in the middle.I’ve never had an issue with RAM on an Intel system and their QVLs are huge compared to the tiny 3 page list of myAMD’s B550 board. It’s because of this that our first goal is to check and see if this memory even works with the XMP profile out of the box.

In ZenTimings you can see that the DRAM frequency is exactly 1967MHz and FCLK and UCLK are also 1967MHz. For the purposes of continuity, we will examine only the XMP profile and exclude any overclocked comparisons. Overall the packaging is minimal, and the motherboard manual should cover installation instructions.The Ballistix modules still get Crucial’s custom heatsink spreader, and there are multiple colors available. When the motherboard is left to set up memory on its own, it will go for the best JEDEC speed that is supported by the CPU and any other memory in the system. We’re taking a 1080p 50fps source, and exporting a short video with basic transitions at 720p 30fps. We do see a consistent lead when overclocked on the part of the Ballistix – being able to disable geardown mode is clearly doing a lot for performance. Their mission is a concept that we take for granted today, but it was a revolutionary idea for the time period.

Next, we will examine the performance using a few of the memory benchmark tests offered within the SiSoftware Sandra suite of benchmarks. AIDA64 scores wouldn’t be complete without the screenshots people love to use to compare results – here are all three, for JEDEC, XMP and our manual overclock. Below is the test system and resulting memory speeds that will be used to evaluate the memory and run the benchmarks.The lack of RGB LEDs comes down to personal choice, but we think it’s a simple but attractive look on this motherboard. Focusing on the overall score, we see that this ‘real world’ test benchmark favors a frequency of 3600 MHz with tight primary and sub timings. This being said, these RAM might have extra performance that awaits to be discovered but our test system is the bottleneck in this case. However, since Micron now make high performance ICs, Crucial seem to be sticking with the parent company. I am able to get it running at 3200 maximum, but that is the extent to which I've tried - including overvolting, which going up to 1.

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