Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 16GB 2666MHz Memory Kit Review

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Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 Review

DDR4 memory isn’t exactly mainstream just yet, but that isn’t keeping the memory makers from releasing hundreds of memory kits to the market. There are over 200 memory modules listed online at Newegg, so there isn’t a shortage of DDR4 memory modules online. Next week Crucial will be introducing the Ballistix Elite DDR4 series of memory modules (product website), which is the premium line for Crucial. Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory modules start at 2666MHz to ensure users have improved responsiveness, increased frame rates, and optimized latencies versus those using standard 2133MHz or 2400MHz DDR4 memory modules.

Ballistix Elite DDR4

All Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory modules that are coming to market right now are clocked at 2666MHz with 16-17-17-36 2T timings and operate with just 1.2 Volts. Crucial offers Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory modules individually, in pairs for dual-channel operation and in sets of four for quad-channel use. Right now the modules themselves will be available at 4GB and 8GB and all the modules run at 1.2V compared to 1.5V that most DDR3 memory kits use.

Part Number Density Speed Latency Voltage Bandwidth Price
Individual Modules
 BLE4G4D26AFEA  4GB  2666MHz  16-17-17  1.2V  PC4-21300  $99.99
 BLE8G4D26AFEA  8GB   2666MHz  16-17-17  1.2V  PC4-21300  $219.99
       Dual Channel Kits
 BLE2K4G4D26AFEA  8GB Kit (2x4GB)   2666MHz  16-17-17  1.2V  PC4-21300  $199.99
 BLE2K8G4D26AFEA  16GB Kit (2x8GB)   2666MHz  16-17-17  1.2V  PC4-21300  $351.99
       Quad Channel Kits
 BLE4K4G4D26AFEA  16GB Kit (4x4GB)   2666MHz  16-17-17  1.2V  PC4-21300  $379.99
 BLE4K8G4D26AFEA  32GB Kit (4x8GB)   2666MHz  16-17-17  1.2V  PC4-21300  $703.99

Since the Intel X99 Haswell-E platform is the only desktop solution that uses DDR4 memory it will be safe to assume that the quad-channel kits will be the most popular right now. You don’t have to run all four channels on the X99 platform though, so you can run fewer modules if you needed to.

BLE4K4G4D26AFEA

Today, Legit Reviews will be taking a closer look at the Crucial Ballistix Elite 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory kit it is sold under part number BLE4K4G4D26AFEA for $379.99 plus shipping. The Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory comes in sealed clam shell packaging, so be sure to open it with your machete or hatchet to ensure minimal end user frustration.

Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 16GB Kit

The Crucial Ballistix Elite product line is aimed at gamers and enthusiasts, so absolutely no one should be surprised that the modules feature a menacing black heat spreader along with a black PCB. If the black on black color combination with white branding accents is what you are looking for you’ll most certainly find these modules aesthetically pleasing. If you were looking for something else you are out of luck.

Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 Memory

The Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory modules have a good heft to them thanks to the beefy heat spreader and that weight gives you the feeling that they are a quality kit.

Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 2666MHz Module

The top of the heat spreader looks vaguley familiar. After thinking about it for a bit we think that Crucial got their design inspiration from a picatinny rail commonly used on the AR-15. The spacing and angles at the edges of the lobes looks awfully familiar.

ar-15 rail

Oh yeah, there is no denying that! Here is an AR-15 quad-rail and you can see that it is distant cousin of the Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 heatspreader!

Crucial Ballistix Elite versus Ballistix Sport

Last year we reviewed the Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400MHz 32GB (4x8GB) memory kit and to be honest we fell in love with it and it has been the 32GB kit that we recommend to anyone that asks. The kit starts out with not so impressive CL16 timings, but we were able overclock the kit up to 2666MHz and get the timings all the way down to CL12. The Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 2666MHz 16GB (4x4GB) memory kit that we are looking at today has some pretty big shoes to fill if it wants to outshine its fellow brethren. The real reason we are talking about the Ballistix Sport DDR4 though is due to the fact we wanted to show you the visual difference between the two colors. Obviously the heat spreaders are totally different, but so is the module height. The Ballistix Sport DDR4 stands 31.15mm and the Ballistix Elite DDR4 stands 40.75mm in height when both are measures at the middle of the module. This 9.6mm difference is fairly minor, but you can unscrew and remove the top rail on the Ballistix Elite DDR4 and bring the overall height down to 32.4mm if you needed to clear a CPU cooler or something like that in your case.

Let’s move along and take a look at the Crucial M.O.D. Utility (Memory Overview Display) and the Intel XMP 2.0 settings that were programmed into the modules SPD.

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  • Sergio Ertega

    I can use Ballistix elite 16 GB on my HP-Compaq Prersario CQ5302F my pc is DDR3

  • TrollHunters

    AIDA64 Cache&Memory Benchmark!

    ns(Higher = Better) ??

    SHOULDN`T IT BE

    ns(LOWER = Better)?

  • Vitaliy Jungle

    Do you know, that M.O.D utility does not support DDR4 Crucial modules at all? In other words, the program does not support smbus controller of LGA2011-v3 processors. You can try Thaiphoon Burner instead.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Thanks for the feedback! Of course we checked with Crucial about the M.O.D. utility before posting the review and they confirmed that it reads temps on their DDR3 and DDR4 modules that have sensors. Crucial is aware of the ASUS X99 Deluxe issue, confirmed our error, and is owrking on bringing out a new version that supports the board. Crucial says the M.O.D. utility should work on all the boards on the market, including X99, but did not that third party utilities like yours will work as well.

      • Vitaliy Jungle

        It’s hard to believe Crucial’s statements to me. Well, the SMBus controller which is used to access SPD EEPROM of DIMM modules is implemented within the LGA2011-v3 processor. And it does not matter which model of the motherboard you have! M.O.D. utility must support the new Intel Core-i7 series processors in order to read SPD info and temperatures. When you run the app it displays an error: “Vendor:8086 Model:2F00” what means “Vendor:Intel
        Model:DMI2 device of the CPU”. Please download core-i7-lga2011-3-datasheet-vol-2.pdf document to check it by yourself. As I said, M.O.D. utility does not have LGA2011-v3 SMBus support at all. Thanks!