Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 16GB Kit Review
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Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 16GB Kit Review

January 28th, 2016 James Leave a comment Go to comments



Year’s ago Memory/RAM used to be such an important component when building your PC; the amount mattered, the speed mattered and the Timings mattered. Today, there’s far less emphasis on Memory/RAM than there used to be, but why? Well it’s because RAM is now cheaper than it used to be, 8GB is plenty enough for a Gaming PC, and the fact that memory bandwidth is no longer a limiting factor in the speed of the system! But we still need it right…

Of course, that’s why nowadays we see more Memory/RAM in different colours, with LED lighting and fancy heatsinks! Crucial’s latest addition to their range of Memory/RAM is the Ballistix Sport LT and today we will be taking a look at the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 16GB Kit. This particular kit comprises of two 8GB modules that run at a rated maximum speed of 2400MHz with Timings of 16-16-16-39 at a voltage of 1.2v. The modules are available in both white and grey and as you can see we have the white version here (BLS2C8G4D240FSC).


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 DDR4 2400MHz (white) - packaging


The Crucial Ballistix LT 2400MHz 16GB kit arrived at pcG in the (somewhat) regular clear plastic wallet that most RAM now seems to be shipped in. As you can see this offered plenty of protection to the modules inside. Thankfully the plastic wallet is also easy to open, no need to break out the scissors here…


Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400MHz (white) - open


On opening the wallet we find that the two modules themselves sit clipped into another plastic tray. 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 16GB Kit (BLS2C8G4D240FSC) is available from Overclockers UK for approximately £80 and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.



courtesy of Crucial

Series Sport LT
Memory Type DDR4
Capacity 16GB (8GBx2)
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 DDR4 2400MHz (white)


First impressions of the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT modules are pretty good, I like the colour and like the snow styled military camo pattern on them also. They’re also a good size suggesting that they’ll fit with pretty much any setup out there…


Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400MHz (white) - front Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400MHz (white) - back


Both sides of the modules are effectively the same; with each side consisting of a single aggressively shaped alloy heatsink that’s primarily white; it’s a bright white too which is nice as there’s no doubt about its colour (if that makes any sense!). Centrally at the top of the heatsink there are a few horizontal cutouts and three angled ones on each side. At varying points around the side and bottom of the heatsink we also find a handful of silver flashes, that help to add a little more bling! In the centre we find the main inserted camo pattern with its Ballistix Sport DDR4 logo, while top left we see the main Crucial logo. On the opposite side we find the same, although there’s no Crucial logo on the left, but there’s now two stickers (left & right) providing Timings (16-16-16-39), Voltage (1.2v), specifications and part number etc. Unusually there’s no ‘Warranty Void if Removed’ sticker, which is actually nice to see, or not see as the case may be! 😉


Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400MHz (white) - fronts Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400MHz (white) - top


Also note the use of a white PCB, which is something we don’t often see! 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 Coolers.


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 DDR4 2400MHz (white) - MB assembly


As you can see the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT modules, at only 33mm in height, offer plenty of clearance, they also look pretty good too, although admittedly it would have been better if I had a better (silver/white) motherboard on hand to compliment the white modules.


Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400MHz (white) - installed (above) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400MHz (white) - installed (side) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400MHz (white) - installed (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 air type CPU Coolers. 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 16GB Kit
Graphics Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980Ti Classified SSD HyperX FURY 120GB


Rather unusually I ran into a problem with the first set of modules that I had, one of the modules seemed to be defective! If this particular module was inserted into any of the DIMM slots (with or without its brother) the system would fail to post. Luckily the Debug LED aboard the ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 Motherboard helped, giving us some feedback that suggested memory problems. It’s always worth remembering that if you think you may be having RAM troubles, then it’s best to try one module at a time…

Crucial were quick to the rescue and within a couple of days, I had a new set of modules that worked perfectly, straight out of the box so to speak! 🙂


Crucial Ballistix Sport LT - UEFI (EZ Mode) Crucial Ballistix Sport LT - UEFI (Advanced)


What was also useful was the fact that these 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 16GB 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


Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 16GB - AIDA64 results


  • 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 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 this point the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 16GB modules are the best performing 2400MHz modules that we have tested, despite the fact that they have weaker (slower) Timings when compared to our test modules the G.Skill Ripjaws 4!?

    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. And this means that on paper they are the fastest 2400MHz DDR4 modules that we’ve tested on a Z170 platform. But if you study the numbers there are some that are better and some that our worse, only the overall Copy is the best! The bottom line is that if you were to be using these modules in particular would you really see (in FPS) and difference…


  • Gaming Related Benchmarks (Z170)

    Memory 3DMark (FireStrike Extreme) Unigine Heaven Metro Last Light
    G.Skill TridentZ 3000MHz 16GB 8037 1093 121.00
    Crucial Ballsistix Sport LT 16GB 8001 1097 117.00
    G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 2400MHz 8GB 8023 1097 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 difference between these Crucial 2400MHz modules and our regular test 2400MHz modules! Although these Ballistix Sport LT modules are the fastest 2400MMHz modules we’ve tested (according to AIDA64) this doesn’t transfer through into the benchmarks at all! Bottom line is that (within reason) 2400MHz RAM is 2400MHz RAM! And that’s actually a good thing to know. 😉


    Final Thoughts


    The Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 16GB Kit may not be revolutionary, but that doesn’t prevent them from being desirable. If white’s your colour then these 2400MHz modules come highly recommended, as they’re well made, look good and perform well.

    The Crucial Ballistix Sport LT (BLS2C8G4D240FSC) 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, which is good to see and they’re white too! No really, they’re not grey or cream, they’re white…

    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 out of the box, no need to enable the XMP profile!?

    Performance wise the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT modules were the fastest 2400MHz (according to our AIDA 64 test) modules that we’ve seen here at pcG, although not by much to be fair. During our Gaming related benchmarks this never really transpired into faster gaming performance either, although that we expected to be honest.

    The bottom line is that the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT modules are good looking, well made and perform as well as any other 2400MHz Kit. If you fancy some white modules (or grey for that matter) you’re not going to go wrong with these, they’re also pretty good value too at just under £80 at the time of review… 😉



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    Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 16GB Kit


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