Ballistix Tactical Tracer 2666 MHz DDR4 Review 39

Ballistix Tactical Tracer 2666 MHz DDR4 Review

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Introduction


If you've been into enthusiast computing for a while, you've known Ballistix Tracer DIMMs before. These highly popular memory designs were lauded throughout the globe for decent overclocking headroom and some fancy flashing LEDs built onto the PCB long before "RGB-everything" became a common mantra within the PC market. They came in varying colors too, with red, gold, black, blue, and green all making an appearance over time, each available with LEDs and fancy heatspreaders to match the LEDs included. And then they disappeared...

Over the past couple of years, we've seen RGB designs take over the entire market, with nothing missing the RGB treatment; even your mousepad can be purchased with functional and customizable RGB LEDs included. With Ballistix's previous designs come and gone, it only made sense that we'd see the return of RGB LEDs to memory from within the Ballistix tracer line-up—yet that never happened. DDR4 has been out for a long time now, but those often-asked-for Ballistix Tracer DIMMs have been missing—until now.

You might wonder why we've waited so long for these DIMMs when other companies have had RGB memory sticks for months and months and months? Truth be known, those other sticks don't always have the best software support, often requiring either a specific set of motherboards—or even platforms—for LED customization options and software support. That's not the case with these Ballistix Tracer DIMMs. We've got a fantastic software package that just simply works, and that is something that definitely cannot be overlooked. Some RGB DIMMs don't have a decent amount of headroom for overclocking, but that's part of what the DNA Ballistix Tracer DIMMs have always offered, and still do today, too. I could go on and on about these DIMMs, but before I do, let's take a look...



Specifications

Specifications
Manufacturer:Ballistix / Crucial Micron
Model:BLT4K8G4D26BFT4K
Speed Rating:DDR4-2666 (PC4-21300)
Rated Timings:16-18-18-38-2T
Tested Capacity:32 GB (8 GB x4)
Tested Voltage:1.20 V
PCB Type:10 layer
Registered/Unbuffered:Unbuffered
Error Checking:Non-ECC
Form Factor:288-pin DIMM
Warranty:Limited Lifetime
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