Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2x 8GB) 3600MHz CL16 (BL2K8G36C16U4W) DDR4 Memory Kit Review

  1. About THESE Crucial Ballistix kit...
  2. Test Bench and Setup
  3. AIDA64 Memory Benchmark
  4. AIDA64 Memory Benchmark
  5. AIDA64 Memory Benchmark
  6. Realbench Benchmark
  7. Cinebench R3 Benchmark
  8. Handbrake Benchmark
  9. Conclusion
  10. Online Purchase Links


Disclosure: This kit is purchased from Amazon US and not loaned/ provided by Crucial

About the elusive Crucial stuff

Crucial and Crucial Ballistix SSDs & RAMs are owned and made by Micron, a tier 1 NAND supplier for multiple manufacturers. Traditionally, Ballistix sub-branding usually appealed to high-end hardware enthusiasts. As time passed, this included marketing towards gamers when RGB became a norm. Still, non-RGB is also widely appreciated, now than before. Almost every memory maker has a sub-variant that’s widely purchased. These sticks are low profile, passively good looking and with different colours with a much wider kit configuration, latency and timings.

Interestingly, these RAMs are made in Mexico. The location of manufacturing and assembly don’t define the end product’s quality as long as standards are maintained. But it reflects the decentralization of manufacturing and assembly to other countries apart from China, Taiwan or the United States.

About these Crucial Ballistix DDR4 kit…

I am testing the Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2x 8GB) 3600MHz CL16 (BL2K8G36C16U4W) DDR4 Memory Kit. This is a kit with two sticks using Micron NAND, XMP 2.0 and guaranteed compatibility with both AMD and Intel platforms. These kits are 2x 8GB DDR4 PC4-28800 configuration- a 3600MHz kit with 16-18-18 latency timings in its XMP profile. Such RAMs are usually purpose-built and usually, manufacturers provide compatibility with both CPU platforms with no hassle.

Packaging and Contents

Usually, the memory kit packaging is pretty standard which is enough to protect the RAMs during transit with additional packaging from the shipper. The pack labels the necessary details, emphasizing compatibility with both Intel and AMD platforms. This specific kit is the BL2K8G36C16U4W DDR4 kit. Each stick is 8GB, totalling up to 16GB DDR4 with 3600MHz. There are variable coloured heatspreaders, much like how Corsair Vengeance LPX and HyperX RAMs. These heatspreaders are aluminium plates usually sandwiched against the memory kit with very strong adhesive. As we all know by now, they are less for heat spreading and more for branding and aesthetics.

Specification

Speed
DDR4-3600
Warranty
Limited Lifetime
CAS latency
16
DRAM family
Ballistix
Density
16GB Kit (8GBx2)
Brand
Crucial
Module type
UDIMM
Extended timings
16-18-18-38
Technology
DDR4
Voltage
1.35V
PC speed
PC4-28800
Kit Qty 
2
Specs
• DDR4 PC4-28800

• 16-18-18

• Unbuffered

• NON-ECC

• DDR4-3600

• 1.35V

• 1024Meg x 64

DIMM type
Unbuffered

Design and Clearance

As you see, these memory kits are low profile. Manufacturers try to provide some design aesthetics on the memory kits as much as possible. All respective companies try doing it in any way they can. These Ballistix looks clean. It is not that I get to talk about it, but I prefer the matte, slightly textured finish over the smooth semi-glossy finish on HyperX Savage kits. It is not something you would make a purchase decision on, naturally. Just an astute but useless observation you get to see as a reviewer.

Compatibility and Settings

The memory kit works in JEDEC Profile (2666MHz) out of the box. You can shift to the XMP Profile via the BIOS. This memory kit works with no issues with the current test bench.

Total
1
Shares
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Beyond News. Beyond Reviews. Beyond Guides & Recommendations.

Join the never ending discussions on never ending topics.
Previous Article
13 MSI MAG Z590 Torpedo

MSI MAG Z590 TORPEDO Motherboard Review

Next Article

NZXT releases its first USB microphone 'Capsule' and Boom Arm

Related Posts
Read More

SEAGATE IronWolf 110 ZA240NM10001 240GB NAS SSD Review

The Seagate Ironwolf 110 SSD is made for small to SOHO NAS arrays. While NAS bays do provide cages with both 3.5"/ 2.5" drives, there are some really small form factor NAS specifically made for 2.5" SATA drives for mechanical and solid-state. There are also 3.5"/2.5" hybrid NAS that uses SSDs as additional caching for the primary storage array. Naturally, this would make a market for NAS specific SSDs. This is the Seagate Ironwolf variant. The Ironwolf 110SSD comes with a set of its marketed features- AgileArray firmware and DuraWrite are two of these firmware specific implementations. These NAS SSDs do that have a 5-year warranty with an included 2-year data recovery support. Though the provision for this data recovery support varies between countries.
Read More

SEAGATE IRONWOLF 16TB ST16000VN001 HDD Review

Typical of the Ironwolf NAS drive series, the SEAGATE IRONWOLF 16TB ST16000VN001 HDD carries 3 years warranty with a spindle speed of 7,200 RPM. These are marketed for Home, SOHO and small business NAS drives, typically up to 8 bays. It comes with a plethora of NAS-specific functions. Its in-house Ironwolf Health Management (IHM) is a 1up from S.M.A.R.T. functions. This emphasis on Prevention, Intervention and Recovery. To use IHM, it needs to work with IHM-enabled NAS units. At the time of writing, it listed ASUSTOR, QNAP, OSAN, Synology, Terra Master and Thecus. There is no support for desktop systems, nor FreeNAS functions- yet.