Tuesday, January 27th 2015

Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 Memory Now Available

Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced the availability of Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory. Designed to enhance high-performance gaming environments and push performance limits, the new modules deliver introductory speeds starting at 2666 MT/s, and allow users to radically increase bandwidth to 21 GB/s. Ballistix DDR4 memory also delivers up to 40 percent better power efficiency than standard DDR3 memory.*

Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory is optimized for the latest Intel X99 platforms with support for XMP 2.0 profiles, and features a custom-designed black PCB and anodized aluminum heat spreaders for improved heat dissipation. Supported by the exclusive Ballistix Memory Overview Display (M.O.D.) utility, which provides the ability to read information from the module, including real-time temperature from the integrated thermal sensor, voltages and more, all to aid overclocking efforts.
"Ballistix Elite DDR4 introduces a striking new look for us while reducing the memory bottleneck further by delivering faster speeds and bandwidths, improved responsiveness, and enabling increased frame rates," said Jeremy Mortenson, product marketing manager, Crucial. "Couple all those benefits with the latest X99-based platforms from Intel, and you get one unreal gaming experience."

"Since its first public demonstration of the technology over two years ago, Crucial has been at the forefront of DDR4 memory technology," said Geof Findley, director of PMO Memory Enabling and Apps Engineering at Intel. "Crucial has been instrumental in enabling channel partners with DDR4 for new Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor-based server platforms and Core i7 Extreme Edition-based desktop platforms. These customers will welcome the additional performance provided by next-generation DDR4 memory."

Ballistix Elite DDR4 memory comes in 4GB and 8GB modules, as well as 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB kits, and is now available for purchase from Crucial.com and through select global partners.
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8 Comments on Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 Memory Now Available

#1
Chaitanya
They look good but since its crucial I am suspicious about their durability. From my past experience with crucial products is that their RAMs tend to fail even if one gives them a dirty look. Plus they tend to advertise their product specs using XMP speeds(usually overclocked and overvolted settings) instead of conventional JEDEC profiles which kind of feels like cheating.
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buildzoid
Chaitanya
Plus they tend to advertise their product specs using XMP speeds(usually overclocked and overvolted settings) instead of conventional JEDEC profiles which kind of feels like cheating.
Every G.skill Corsair or Kingston kit above 1600mhz is using XMP.
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Farmer Boe
Chaitanya
They look good but since its crucial I am suspicious about their durability. From my past experience with crucial products is that their RAMs tend to fail even if one gives them a dirty look. Plus they tend to advertise their product specs using XMP speeds(usually overclocked and overvolted settings) instead of conventional JEDEC profiles which kind of feels like cheating.
I've found Crucial products to have very solid reliability and performance. Especially their RAM.
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#4
AsRock
TPU addict
Yeah never had a issue with their ram modules, anyways look really nice.
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#5
natr0n
The Ballistix DDR1 days still haunt me, as lots of failures on them bad boys.
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#6
HumanSmoke
Chaitanya
They look good but since its crucial I am suspicious about their durability. From my past experience with crucial products is that their RAMs tend to fail even if one gives them a dirty look. Plus they tend to advertise their product specs using XMP speeds(usually overclocked and overvolted settings) instead of conventional JEDEC profiles which kind of feels like cheating.
Never had too many issues with Crucial RAM, even when viciously overclocking their D9GMH/D9GKX IC Ballistix sticks. Fried a module pushing 2.3V through it and got a warranty replacement (!) kit, but the replacement kit were the newer single sided (2.0V) kit that had issues with the board. Informed Crucial and they shipped me a double sided kit and told me to keep the SS ones. Pretty good customer service as far as I'm concerned.
Crucial prices might not be the best ( I tend to alternate between Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, and Kingston), but they haven't caused me any grief either (including the 16GB kit I'm presently using).
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Chaitanya
buildzoid
Every G.skill Corsair or Kingston kit above 1600mhz is using XMP.
Since for DDR3 Jedec standard defines only upto 1600mhz, its completely acceptable that any advertised speed beyond that will be an overclocked XMP profile. But even current Crucials 1600mhz kits(BLT2KIT8G3D1608DT2TXRG) are just 1333mhz on JEDEC profile and 1600mhz(@1.6V and XMP). They still charge for those as they are 1600mhz kits and I purchased those thinking they were 1600mhz for my AMD based PC to find out otherwise.
Farmer Boe
I've found Crucial products to have very solid reliability and performance. Especially their RAM.
My current experience with Crucial RAMs has been a nightmare, none of the RAMs have survived more than 2 months even at default stock settings. Also I live in India and getting service for their products is insanely expensive and a time consuming affair.
HumanSmoke
Never had too many issues with Crucial RAM, even when viciously overclocking their D9GMH/D9GKX IC Ballistix sticks. Fried a module pushing 2.3V through it and got a warranty replacement (!) kit, but the replacement kit were the newer single sided (2.0V) kit that had issues with the board. Informed Crucial and they shipped me a double sided kit and told me to keep the SS ones. Pretty good customer service as far as I'm concerned.
Crucial prices might not be the best ( I tend to alternate between Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill, and Kingston), but they haven't caused me any grief either (including the 16GB kit I'm presently using).
My first Crucial kit BL6464Z402.16TG which failed few years back, which was RMA'd after it failed due to manually configuring the RAMs has not yet been replaced and its has been only 8 years since I returned them to Crucial. Even service experience with crucial has been horrible for me.
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#8
Darksword
I've had good experiences with Ballistix RAM, even though G.Skill is my DRAM of choice.
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