The Good ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1. Very good price on this DDR4 with high MegaTransfers 3000 per section 2. Non humanly noticeable latency, if you're still noticing latency with after adding these DDD4 sticks, it's NOT the RAM thays causing your latency/preformance slowdown. 3. These are rated for gaming and also preform very well in a file server or SQL server. 4. Rugged beautiful design will stand the tests of wear and tear over time 5. Helpful, Clean and sleek packaging & marketing materials included
The Bad ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1. Nothing honestly. Tried to think of something, but, this is a all around perfect product.
The Bottom Line ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ This new 2018 Ballistic DDD4 3000 MT/s Memory is great for gaming and many other computing scenarios.
When I initially saw the price of this RAM kit, I experienced a bit of sticker shock because it was about $100 more than what I paid for my 2400Mhz 16GB kit from Corsair roughly two years ago. At the time I thought 2400Mhz was enough; however with new products like AMD Ryzen, RAM speed matters the most.
Unlike most RAM kits on the market, this set is designed quite minimalist. There are no RGB LED's or extravagant heat fins, just a low-profile black heat spreader. The issue with the taller heat spreaders is some air coolers may interfere with how high your RAM can be, so I'm glad these are low profile.
As far as performance goes, I tested these against my Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2400Mhz kit. While the difference in benchmarks was within margin of error (2-3FPS), the Ballistix kit routinely surpassed the benchmarks of my slower RAM. The real place where this RAM shines is actually in raw performance. If you are doing a CPU intensive task such as encoding, fast RAM is a must have for getting data to and from the CPU as fast as possible. By using a product called UserBenchmark, I was able to notice a 20-percent increase in performance. Now that is what I call impressive.
This is a kit containing two matched 8gb sticks of DDR4-3000mhz RAM (16gb total). Micron assembles this Ballistix Sport in the USA. The profile of the ram is low, and I was able to install it easily despite one of the memory slots being encroached upon by my large CPU heatsink/fan.
The gunmetal grey/black RAM heatsink has some dull yellow pinstripes, and should look good with almost any colour scheme. The packaging indicates lifetime warranty, though the warranty process is onerous but likely similar to competitors (must get RMA, ship failed product at your expense and in original packaging to Micron).
** BENCHMARKS **
Prior to getting this ram, I’d been using 2x8gb of G.Skill Ripjaws (F4-3200C16D-16GVK) 3200mhz with my i7-6700K and Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD3 motherboard.
I used UserBenchmark to create benchmarks with 2x8gb G.Skill Ripjaws RAM, then with this kit – 2x8gb Ballistix Sport. I used the same ram slots (channel A) to ensure fair comparison:
BEFORE – G.Skill Ripjaws @ 3200mhz / 16-16-16-36 timing selected by XMP Multi-core Read/write/mixed/average (GB/s, higher is better): 37.7/41.0/31.8/36.8 Single-core Rear/write/mixed/average (GB/s, higher is better): 21.7/44.6/30.3/32.2 Latency – 50.1ns
AFTER – Ballistix Sport @ 3000mhz / 17-19-19-38 timing selected by XMP Multi-core Read/write/mixed/average (GB/s, higher is better): 34.5/37.4/25.9/32.6 Single-core Rear/write/mixed/average (GB/s, higher is better): 20.8/40.5/28.4/29.9 Latency – 54.6ns
The Ripjaws performed on average 13% faster (multi-core), 7.6% faster (single-core), and with 8.3% lower latency compared to the Ballistix. I tried changing the timing on the Ballistix to improve performance but wasn’t able to get it stable.
Let’s be honest here: I’m not comparing apples to apples. The Ripjaws are rated at a higher frequency and more aggressive timing, but pricing (as of time of September 2018) are around the same so I felt it was a fair comparison to make.
Finally, I tried mixing both kits for a total of 32GB (it is generally not recommended to mix ram). Once I manually configured both channels to the less aggressive Ballistix timings, everything worked well but throughputs were compromised (this is normal when using both RAM channels).
Although there is faster RAM available for similar pricing, this kit is worth considering by anyone with an ASUS TUF motherboard (guaranteed compatibility), or those that like the Crucial brand.
I may be coming from a slightly different perspective than most because I'm not a gamer, but I do a lot of music production and video editing on my PC, so my system is built like a gaming machine. RAM is important to me because the instrument plugins used in audio production are loaded into memory and the more memory you have and the faster that memory is, the more plugins you can run simultaneously without glitching.
After installing these two sticks my system performs noticeably better. I don't notice a change when doing normal tasks but when running projects that previously were close to the limit and starting to glitch, they now run better. That extra speed is worth the upgrade from the 6 year old ram that came in my computer when I bought it.
Something else I love, and maybe it's just the tech nerd in me, is the design. I'm not one for pimping my PC and having it on display, not at all. But the casing on these sticks takes me back to the futuristic tech designs of films like Alien.
I've been impressed with this memory to the point that I'm thinking putting some in my laptop.
Ok, I’ve been playing around with hardware and building and upgrading occasional systems for over three decades. If you’ve had some experience putting systems together you’ll know that computer memory & motherboards can be a finicky pairing. Memory may be perfectly stable on some systems and cause instability issues on others. Memory manufacturers are aware of this, as evident by claim that it’s guaranteed to be compatible with ASUS TUF motherboards, as opposed to saying it’s “guaranteed” compatible with all motherboards, because they know that memory and motherboards can have compatibility issues despite specs being correct. (DDR4 2000mt/s unbuffered UDIMM 288 pins). That’s part of the shtick with ASUS’s TUF gaming alliance collaboration – trying to improve compatibility and stability (but is largely just an advertising collaboration imo) So how do you deal with this issue when you’re putting your system together? Basically, you either do your research to see if your mainboard is finicky with memory, buy name brand quality memory, or take your chances with off the shelf no-name memory, and ensure you stability test your system – and trouble shoot any odd behavior before you call your upgrade/build a success. Basically it’s a process of elimination but it helps to do it on a bare bone system to minimize the variables at play – but this is another topic altogether. So, what do I thin of the Ballistic Sport memory? It’s solid, performs well, has a low profile, and is attractive which didn’t uses to be a factor to consider, but now a days we all like the innards to look pretty and conforms to the tuff gaming alliance aesthetic harmony (if that’s something you’re into) Pros: Did not exhibit any stability issues on the two systems I tested it on. Performance – within specs Low profile heatsinks Attractive packaging Guaranteed compatibility with ASUS TUF motherboards. Cons: You can get cheaper faster specked memory from lesser brands. I'd like to dock it half of star for this but it's not an option. I'm not going to dock it a full star becauses you know the specs, so you know what you're getting.
TIP – if your considering upgrading your computer – you’ll generally get the greatest benefits by upgrading to a SSD (if you haven’t already) and upping your memory. These days, 8 g on a windows system is really your base level. You can make do with 6g if you’re not doing much other than browsing, but you’ll run into problems with anything less and just isn’t an enjoyable experience. So 6 will get you by in a pinch, 8 good for a general system that you’re not asking to much from, and 16+ are for those who appreciate multitasking and running more demanding software – video editing, gaming, etc..