Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 Gaming Memory
$299.00 (2 x 8GB 2666 MHz)
Crucial have been in the memory business for many years now, offering some of the most reliable storage and RAM options across a wide range of products. Including those aimed at the consumer and the enthusiast – or gamer - level. When building our own gaming rig
here at AusGamers, the choice to go Crucial for both memory and solid-state storage was an easy one – and even after several months of usage across desktop applications and playing the latest games the performance has been exceptional. Crucial’s latest in its Ballistix line of DDR4 gaming memory takes the rugged design that we saw last year and adds a touch of colour. Well millions of colours thanks to the new RGB strips.
Ballistic RAM has always been at the top of the list, among several other high-profile memory makers when looking at building a new PC. But with the advent of RGB everywhere in recent times it’s been easier say to look at something like the G.SKILL TridentZ line for how the RGB lighting better suits modern gaming boards and even GPUs. Again, RGB is everywhere. With the included software provided by Ballistix being able to adjust LED lighting, colours, patterns, and so forth on the fly is as easy as monitoring temperatures and timings for those deep into the overclocking side of things.
Talking up features outside of the RGB lighting, which can be disabled if you so choose, is relatively hard to do with RAM. Memory is the one part of a PC build that rarely if ever makes itself known, especially when it’s doing its job of data handling and keeping things fast and smooth. In that sense one need only look at the esports partnerships that Ballistix has that point to the reliability of its line-up.
- 16 RGB LEDs in 8 zones on each module
- Speeds up to 3000 MT/s
- Module densities up to 16GB, kit densities up to 64GB
- Three light bar options:
- Included Ballistix-labeled light bar gives a diffused RGB look
- Remove the light bar for maximum brightness
- 3D print a new light bar design for the ultimate customisation
- Monitor temperatures and control RGB LEDs with the Ballistix M.O.D. Utility software
- Limited lifetime warranty
With the unit we tested clocking in at 2666 MHz, the Ballistix Tactical Tracer RBG might not be the fasted RAM, but as this is a speed supported by most modern boards it does so with room for overclocking. And custom cooling too as the LED strips can be removed if you so choose. With even Ballistix offering support for people to 3D-print their own replacement.
Measuring memory performance across games can be a tricky thing but looking at core memory intensive processes along the lines of compression, Ballistix Tactical Tracer performs admirably – even compared to more expensive and higher frequency RAM. Overclocking RAM or memory has been somewhat of a niche thing until recently. And that is, within the PC gaming enthusiast crowd. The reason why overclocking memory has seen a resurgence of late comes down to both NVIDIA’s GSYNC and AMD’s FreeSync technologies - where 144Hz displays need that extra headroom for higher refresh rates and frame-rates. Ballistix know this and the Tactical Tracer is easily overclocked – thanks to Intel XMP profiles.
From the base 2666 MHz speed we were able to get this up to 3000 MHz without any major issues. And that was with the 16GB (2 x 8GB) sticks provided for review. Further performance testing resulted in some slight increases in frame-rates across titles like 2016’s DOOM, which was a nice surprise. Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 Gaming Memory lives up to the reputation that Crucial has built up over the years. Reliable, performance driven, and now with funky and fully customisable RGB lighting. Thanks to the bundled Ballistix M.O.D. Utility software, being in direct control over memory and monitoring speeds, voltage, temps, and timings is a single click away.