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.


Limited Lifetime
CAS latency
DRAM family
16GB Kit (8GBx2)
Module type
Extended timings
PC speed
Kit Qty 
• DDR4 PC4-28800

• 16-18-18

• Unbuffered


• DDR4-3600

• 1.35V

• 1024Meg x 64

DIMM type

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.

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