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Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB Kit Review

May 6th, 2016 James Leave a comment Go to comments

Overview

 

Not much has changed in the world of Memory/RAM in the last year or so to be honest, although with the advent of cheaper prices there’s no better time to think about larger capacities. With that in mind today I will be taking a look at a new 32GB kit from Crucial.

This is the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB (BLS4C8G4D240FSE) kit, a DDR4 kit consisting of x4 8GB modules with Timings of 16-16-16-39 at a voltage of 1.2v. Admittedly we have seen the Crucial Sport LT modules before but now, as can be seen here they’re now available in red as well as white and grey.

 

Crucial logo large
‘Designed for performance enthusiasts, gamers, and anyone who simply wants to get more out of their system, Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 memory helps you do just that. Give your processor the resources it needs to perform and make your computer faster and more responsive.’

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB - box front
Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB - box back

 

Packaging is the now standard Memory/RAM affair (no scissors required) with all four modules arriving at pcG in a sealed clear plastic wallet.

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB - box contents

 

On opening the wallet we find that the four modules themselves sit clipped into two separate plastic trays. Behind this tray there’s a cardboard Crucial folder that gives a basic guide on how to install the modules. And that’s it, nothing else, not even a sticker! For that I applaud you Crucial, I’m so fed up with everything coming with stickers… 😉

At the time of review, the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB Kit (BLS4C8G4D240FSE) is available from Amazon for approximately £134 and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

 

Specifications/Features

courtesy of Crucial

Series Sport LT
Memory Type DDR4
Capacity 32GB (8GBx4)
Multi-Channel Kit Dual Channel Kit
Tested Speed 2400MHz
Tested Latency 16-16-16-39-2N
Tested Voltage 1.2v
Registered/Unbuffered Unbuffered
Error Checking Non-ECC
SPD Speed 2400MHz
SPD Voltage 1.20v
Fan lncluded No
Height 44 mm / 1.73 inch
Warranty Limited Lifetime
Features Intel XMP 2.0 (Extreme Memory Profile) Ready

* Additional details available here

 

First Impressions

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB

 

First impressions of the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT modules are pretty good, I like the colour red (but hey it’s a popular colour right!?) and like the digital styled military camo pattern on them also. They’re also a good size (33mm in height/despite what Crucial seem to suggest) meaning that they’ll fit with pretty much any setup out there…

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB - back front

 

As far as the design of the Crucial Ballistic Sport LT goes it may best be described as a safe design yet it’s still a good looking design. Both sides are effectively the same except for two information stickers found on one side only. Note that there’s no ‘Warranty Void if Removed’ sticker, so therefore you know what I’m thinking… 😉

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB - top

 

This time around as the modules are now Red Crucial have elected to use a black PCB which works well. The modules themselves are actually quite short, which is always a good thing, gone are the days of the massive RAM heatsinks, well I hope so anyway! The modules measure in at a total height of 33mm, meaning that they’re likely to fit in with most Rig builds and under pretty much any Air CPU Cooler.

 

Hardware Installation

 

To install the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT modules could not be easier as it is basically the same as installing any other memory modules. Just line up the slot in the Module with the key in the Motherboard DIMM slot and (carefully) push into place. Make sure the RAM can be secured by the clips, as this is a good way to know that the RAM modules have been pushed in far enough…

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB - MB assembly

 

As you can see the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT modules, at only 33mm in height, offer plenty of clearance, they also look good too, especially here as they compliment our test ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 motherboard well.

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB - above Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB - side Crucial Ballistix Sport 2400MHz 32GB - front

 

The images above show that there’s plenty of clearance around the modules meaning that you are unlikely to run into any clearance issues with this Memory/RAM and an air type CPU Cooler. As you can see our Noctua NH-U12S fitted with ease.

 

  • Test Rig Setup


Case Cooler Master HAF XB Power Supply Corsair AX760i 760W
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6 CPU Intel Core i5 6600K
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-U12S RAM Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980Ti Classified SSD HyperX FURY 120GB

 

Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB - Defaults Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB - OC Tweaker (XMP settings)

 

What was also useful was the fact that these Ballistix Sport LT modules did not default to the default Intel maximum speed of 2133MHz, but instead set themselves up at their maximum rated speed of 2400MHz, with the correct Timings (16-16-16-39) and the correct Voltage (1.2v). No need to use the XMP setting!? Result, see screenshots above.

 

Testing Methodology/Setup

 

The Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB Kit was tested on our new Z170 (Skylake) based platform shown above, using Windows 10 64Bit with all relevant Drivers installed. Prime95 (Blend) was used to test stability and the following benchmarks were also used.

 

Hardware Performance

 

Crucial32GB-AIDA64

 

  • AIDA64 Benchmark Results
  • Memory Type Platform Read Write Copy Latency
    Patriot Viper DDR4 2400MHz 16GB Kit @ 15-15-15-35 DDR4 X99 40550 37050 45891 71.9 ns
    G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 2400MHz 16GB Kit @ 15-15-15-35 DDR4 X99 (Quad) 40502 36974 45615 72.0 ns
    G.Skill TridentZ DDR4 3000MHz 16GB @ 15-16-16-35 DDR4 Z170 42559 44605 40599 53.2 ns
    Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit @ 16-16-16-39 DDR4 Z170 34023 36352 33339 60.6 ns
    Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB @ 16-16-16-39 DDR4 Z170 32559 35683 33263 67.3 ns
    Crucial Ballistix Elite DDDR4 2666MHz 16GB Kit @ 16-17-17-36 DDR4 X99 35829 19186 32148 73.9 ns
    G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 2400MHz 8GB Kit @ 15-15-15-35 DDR4 Z170 34439 35588 31274 55.3 ns
    Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133MHz 16GB Kit @ 9-11-11-31 DDR3 Z97 32180 33437 31298 48.9 ns
    HyperX Savage DDR3 2400MHz 8GB @ 11-13-14-32 DDR3 Z97 33409 34811 29523 48.9 ns
    Avexir Raiden Series DDR3 2133MHz 8GB Kit @ 9-11-10-27 DDR3 Z97 30478 31445 28178 48.9 ns

     

    I have left the DDR3 RAM results in the benchmark results table for comparison purposes as obviously much has changed here for Z170 (new MB, new CPU and obviously new RAM). As you can see the 32GB version of the Ballistix Sport LT cant quite match the speed of its smaller sibling the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB kit, although to be honest there’s really nothing in it when you look at the Copy scores. Looking at the results for the AIDA64 memory benchmark you can see that the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT modules do indeed perform well, as far as the numbers (Read/Write/Copy) go. But as you can clearly see adding more Memory/RAM doesn’t necessarily mean more memory bandwidth.

     

  • Gaming Related Benchmarks (Z170)
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    Memory 3DMark (FireStrike Extreme) Unigine Heaven Metro Last Light
    G.Skill TridentZ 3000MHz 16GB 8037 1093 121.00
    Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16GB 8001 1097 117.00
    G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 2400MHz 8GB 8023 1097 117.00
    Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32GB 8014 1090 117.00

     

    Does more memory (over 8GB) and or faster memory mean you will get better FPS in Games? Well, we’ve looked at this before and as a rule of thumb it’s safer to say No rather than Yes! Why? As you can see from the above tests, in the pure Gaming tests (Unigine & Metro) there’s no discernible difference between these Crucial 2400MHz modules and our regular test 2400MHz modules! It makes no difference whether your using 8Gb, 16GB or 32GB! Bottom line is that (within reason) 2400MHz RAM is 2400MHz RAM! And that’s actually a good thing to know. 😉

    But we need to be careful here: In recent testing I have seen more system memory used when running at higher resolutions (Ultra Wide (3440×1440) & 4K (384×2160)) with high levels of detail in Game. Therefore if you’re planning on playing at these extreme resolutions then 16GB or more is your best bet!

     

    Final Thoughts

     

    There’s no doubt that Crucial know a thing or two about Memory/RAM and there’s no doubt that their reputation precedes them. The Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB (BLS4C8G4D240FSE) kit is also a great kit for those looking for the ultimate in performance and capacity. There really is very little to complain about here to be honest…

    The Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB modules arrived at pcGameware in the (now standard) plastic wallet, with no scissors required to get at the modules within! Once out of the packaging it was obvious that the Ballistix Sport LT modules were both good looking and low profile (approx 33mm high), which is good to see as is the new vivid red colour scheme.

    Installation was a breeze and the PC booted with no problems. Once in the UEFI though it was odd (and good) to see that the modules were already running at their maximum rated speed of 2400MHz. Odd as normally all modules over 2133MHz default to the Intel maximum supported speed of 2133MHz. But not the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT modules, they ran at 2400MHz 16-16-16-39 @ 1.2v out of the box, no need to enable the XMP profile!?

    Performance wise the Ballistix Sport LT modules in this 32GB kit ran well, although it would appear that the modules cant quite perform as well as Crucial’s own 16GB (x2 8GB) Sport LT kit, which is a shame. But there’s still no denying that it’s a lot of (high performance) RAM for just £134.

    Yet again Crucial offers up a good set of RAM modules that are both good looking and low in profile, setup’s a breeze as the modules seem to default to their top rated speed even without enabling XMP. Memory prices and competition is now fierce though and although this 32GB kit comes in at a fair price there’s still plenty of other kits that offer the same…

     

    Verdict

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    Design/Quality pcGameware awards the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB Kit a Gold
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    Many thanks to Crucial for providing this sample for review

     


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