The following system was used to test the memory kit:
– Processor: Intel i9 9900K @ 5GHz
– Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X
– Graphics Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio
– SSD: Crucial MX 500GB
– HDD: WD 1TB Blue
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster MasterLiquid 240
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe
– OS: Windows 10 64-Bit (After April Update)
The RAM was tested using the CPU at its turbo frequency of 5 GHz. The memory was firstly tested using the standard X.M.P frequency while the second test was done with the memory at the maximum frequency reached while Overclocking. Each test was done a minimum of three times.
The Crucial Ballistix MAX DDR4-4000MHz CL18 32GB has a good overclocking potential. Some users have reported getting as much as 4800MHz out of these kits, however the maximum overclock reached in this review was 4200MHz, while maintaining the factory timings of 17-19-19-39. A 200MHz overclock might not look like much, however, the important thing to note is that the factory timings were left unchanged.
As always, when overclocking RAM, the best performance gains are achieved by having a good ratio between higher frequency and lower timings.
Software used for testing the RAM Kit:
– CineBench R15
– Shadow of the Tomb Raider
– SuperPi 1.55 Mod
– AIDA64 Extreme Version: 6.25.5400
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
AIDA64 Read/Write/Copy Benchmark
AIDA64 Latency Benchmark
SuperPi 1.55 Mod
The Crucial Ballistix MAX DDR4-4000MHz CL18 32GB is available for around 340 USD or EUR. A price which places this kit lower on the price range for 32GB kits that run at 4000MHz from the factory.
The performance is very good, not only thanks to the 4000MHz frequency but thanks to the timings which are lower than what other manufacturers will offer.
The build quality of both the heatsink and the PCB is great, with no imperfections in the anodized surface of the aluminum heatsink. The thermal pads are placed on the entire length of both sides of the PCB, thus, ensuring a good heat transfer to the heatsink.
The overclocking is good, while the 200MHz overclock offers only a small increase in performance, the timings can be lowered and thus, more performance can be gained.
The design of the Ballistix MAX is elegant, with no graphics or uneven shapes present on the heatsink. However, the heatsink will match any system, not only thanks to its matte black finish, but also thanks to its low-profile design.
The only inconvenient found with this RAM kit is the price, however, this is what is asked for on average, for a 4000MHz RAM kit. In addition, the price of the Ballistix MAX is not high when we take into consideration the prices offered by other manufacturers for similar RAM kits.
In conclusion, the Ballistix MAX DDR4-4000MHz CL18 32GB is a great memory kit that will work with both gaming and workstation type systems. The performance is very good and there is plenty of overclocking potential. The design of this RAM kit is elegant and will match any system and color combination.