Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 16GB 2666MHz Memory Kit Review

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Ballistix M.O.D. and Intel XMP 2.0 Profiles

Crucial Mod Utility Specs

All Crucial Ballistix Elite memory kits made since 2011 feature a thermal sensor and enthusiasts can use the Ballistix M.O.D. utility for real-time temperature monitoring.

We downloaded and installed the Crucual Ballistix M.O.D. Utility v1.3.1.0 on our ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard with the Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory kit.

Ballistix Mod Utility Error

Unfortunately, we quickly discovered that our ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard is not compatible with the utility. So you have the ability to monitor the temperatures of the modules IF your motherboard is supported by the utility. Crucial informed Legit Reviews that they have been testing internally on the Gigabyte GA-X99-SOC Force without issue.

thaiphoon-burner

Update 01-30-2015: We have learned that you Taiphoon Burner can successfully read the Crucial Ballistix DDR4 Elite memory kit. This utility should you all of the SPD information and even allows advanced users to edit the SPD!

Update 02-20-2015: Crucial gave us access to M.O.D. Utility v1.3.2.0 and we are happy to report that it works fine now on our ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard. The utility was able to display the temperature for each DIMM and we found at an idle on the desktop that the outside modules with the most airflow were around 35C and the inner modules with the least amount of airflow were running 37C. Not bad considering that these modules are running 2667MHz on an open air test bench!

 

asus-ballistix-xmp

The Crucial Ballistix Ellite DR4 BLE4K4G4D26AFEA memory kit comes with one Intel XMP 2.0 memory profiles that the motherboard UEFI/BIOS will be able to pickup when it reads the SPD to ensure quick and easy setup. On top of the single XMP 2.0 profile that is programmed there is also a JEDEC profile that ensure the kit will post in any board that it is placed. The two profiles on this kit are:

  • JEDEC = 2400MHz (PC4-1920) at 16-16-16-39 @ 1.20V
  • Profile#1 = 2667MHz (PC4-21300) at 16-17-17-36 @ 1.20V

spd-info

Here is a look at the ASUS SPD Tool readings for this memory kit if you are curious about the advanced settings.

Let’s take a look at the test system and move along to benchmarking!

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