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Ballistix Elite 3466MHz 16GB Kit Review



As soon as once more I discover myself within the protected arms of Ballistix, a reputation undeniably synonymous with Reminiscence/RAM and an organization with which pcG has lengthy been related to. Through the years we’ve seen numerous RAM kits from Essential and Ballistix from DDR3 by means of to DDR4 and from 1600MHz by means of to kits operating at a powerful 3200MHz. However this 3200MHz is about to pale into insignificance as right now I will probably be looking on the Ballistix Elite 3466MHz 16GB Kit (BLE2C8G4D34AEEAK).

This specific (PC4-27700) 16GB Kit includes of x2 8GB modules with Timings of 16-18-18-36. Modules within the Elite vary can be found in single sticks from 4GB and Kits as much as 32GB with speeds from 2666MHz as much as 3466MHz.


‘As the only major gaming brand that’s constructed and examined from begin to end as a part of a serious reminiscence producer, Ballistix DRAM delivers a better degree of efficiency than common PC gaming reminiscence. For greater than 35 years, we’ve engineered old-school DDR reminiscence all the best way to Ballistix DDR4 modules, which empower the way forward for gaming efficiency. Backed by aggressive warranties, a hardcore group of followers, and a devoted gamer help group, Ballistix reminiscence is able to take your in-game efficiency to the subsequent degree.’



As you’ll be able to see the Ballistix Elite modules arrived at pcG of their customary see by way of packaging. The benefit of Ballistix’s plastic packaging is which you could view the product inside earlier than opening. There’s a sticker on the entrance which tells us that we’ve a DDR4 16GB Kit (x2 8GB modules) with a rated velocity of 3466MHz with the modules requiring a voltage of 1.35v.



With the packaging open we discover that the pair of modules sit in a separate plastic blister. There isn’t a want for scissors, penknives or prolonged journeys to A & E because the packaging merely pops open and the within blister is like an open tray. Wanting on the cardboard insert that’s contained in the packaging. The featured info is all concerning the different Reminiscence merchandise within the Ballistix vary. In eight totally different languages we will see that there’s a Sport Collection, Tactical Collection and this the Elite Collection. Aside from this there’s little else to be discovered right here.

On the time of assessment, the Ballistic Elite DDR4 3466MHz 16GB Kit (BLE2C8G4D34AEEAK) is out there from Amazon for about £178.00 and comes with a lifetime guarantee.



courtesy of Ballistix


Model: Ballistix
Type Issue: UDIMM
Capability: 16GB package (8GBx2)
Guarantee: Restricted Lifetime
Specs: DDR4 PC4-27700 • 16-18-18 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR4-3466 • 1.35V • 1024Meg x 64 •
Collection: Ballistix Elite
Kit Amount: 2
Velocity: 3466 MT/S
Voltage: 1.35V
DIMM Sort: Unbuffered


Ballistix Elite Collection Reminiscence

Roughly 5.25 in. by 1.56 in. (133.35 mm by 40 mm)


Outplay. Outmatch. Outlast. The way forward for efficiency reminiscence is right here.
To max out efficiency within the remaining days of DDR3 know-how, you wanted the suitable processor, the suitable motherboard, a PhD in overclocking, and the willingness to give up the whole lot in your pockets. Not anymore. Feed your multi-cores and draw upon a few of the quickest speeds and bandwidths out there with Ballistix Elite DDR4 reminiscence.

Outplay. Open hearth with superior speeds
Whereas your opponents battle petty with slower DDR3 reminiscence, obliterate them with DDR4 speeds beginning at 2666 MT/s. Alongside these velocity positive factors, draw on the improved responsiveness, elevated body charges, and optimized latencies of Ballistix Elite DDR4 know-how and enjoy an unreal gaming expertise.

Outmatch. Subjugate the opposition with 21.three GB/s bandwidth
Flood your reminiscence bandwidth and course of extra gigabytes per second at charges which might be almost unimaginable to realize with DDR3 reminiscence. Leveraging the quicker burst entry speeds which are solely potential on DDR4 structure, Ballistix Elite DDR4 maximizes efficiency with 4 channel reminiscence.

Outwork. Push your reminiscence to the sting – utilizing much less energy
Ballistix Elite DDR4 reminiscence leverages the newest developments in effectivity know-how and is engineered to run at decrease voltages for inherent power positive factors. Armed with a thermal sensor and our high-end Ballistix M.O.D. Utility for real-time temperature monitoring, Ballistix Elite DDR4 wrings as much as 40% extra energy effectivity out of your reminiscence.

Outlast. Micron® high quality: Professional gamer reliability
As the one main gaming model that’s constructed and examined from begin to end as a part of a serious reminiscence producer, Ballistix DRAM delivers a better degree of efficiency than common PC gaming reminiscence. For greater than 35 years, we’ve engineered old-school DDR reminiscence all the best way to Ballistix DDR4 modules, which empower the way forward for gaming efficiency. Backed by aggressive warranties, a hardcore group of followers, and a devoted gamer help group, Ballistix reminiscence is able to take your in-game efficiency to the subsequent degree.


* Further particulars out there right here


First Impressions



First impressions of the Ballistix Elite modules are actually excellent, as I very very similar to the rugged, purposeful design that appears prefer it’s constructed to final. They’re additionally a superb measurement, not what you’d name Low Profile however at 40mm they’re not too tall both and will slot in with most air cooled builds with out difficulty. They’re additionally black (clearly) with a black PCB so will doubtless match ion with virtually and Rig construct color scheme.

As you possibly can see from the picture above the design could be very rugged with numerous metallic that includes within the design. Within the centre of what I might name the entrance we discover an inlaid strip that options the Essential emblem (in white) on the left and the Ballistix Elite DDR4 moniker on the correct, additionally in white. The other aspect of the module (the again) is just about the identical; we now have the identical Essential emblem on the left however the fitting hand aspect of the module is now (disappointingly) adorned with info stickers. These determine each the half quantity, the reminiscence’s velocity (3466MHz), Timings (16-18-18-36) and working voltage (1.35V).

The highest of the modules are notably sensible IMHO and is what most of us will probably see more often than not. The modules from this angle look very purposeful with their rugged design with a centrally mounted Ballistix Elite DDR4 emblem. However maintain on is that this emblem not printed the fallacious means round… 😮


Hardware Set up


Putting in the Ballistix Elite modules is so simple as putting in some other reminiscence modules. Simply line up the slot within the connector to the motherboard DIMM slot and punctiliously push into place. Within the picture under the Elite modules are proven put in within the Asus Z270I as they have been utilized in our current ITX construct contained in the BitFenix Portal Case. However all of our velocity/stability testing was accomplished aboard our commonplace Check Rig listed under.




I had no issues when booting up my Check Rig and after an preliminary boot I went into the ASRock UEFI to verify the Ballistix Elite settings. As you possibly can see from the primary screenshot (under) the 2 modules have been in RAM slots A2 and B2 and have been operating at their default velocity of 2133MHz and never they’re rated most of 3466MHz.



As you’ll be able to see from the picture above left the 2 8GB Elite modules defaulted to a velocity of 2133MHz. That is regular as it’s the nominal most velocity beneficial by Intel, every thing from right here on up is considered an Overclock.

The picture above proper exhibits what occurs after enabling the XMP setting (Profile 1) within the UEFI of our ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 motherboard. The reminiscence is now operating at its rated most velocity of 3466MHz at 1.35v, good. 🙂


Testing Methodology/Setup


The Ballistix Elite DDR4 3466MHz 16GB Kit was examined on our ASRock based mostly Z170 platform, utilizing Home windows 10 Residence 64Bit (absolutely up to date) with all related Drivers put in. Prime95 (Mix) was used to check stability and the next benchmarks have been additionally used.


Hardware Efficiency



  • AIDA64 Benchmark Outcomes

    I’ve left the DDR3 RAM outcomes and the X99 and Quad Channel based mostly leads to the benchmark desk above for comparability functions as clearly a lot has modified right here for Z170 (new MB, new CPU and clearly new RAM). As you’ll be able to see from the desk above we discover the Ballistix Elite 3466MHz 16GB Kit proper on the prime of the chart with solely the X99 based mostly Quad Channel kits placing in a greater efficiency. It’s additionally value noting the Latency of simply 46.6ns the bottom Latency we have now ever seen no matter platform. The truth is I used to be so shocked I needed to rerun the check a couple of occasions simply to show my findings, and I did.


  • Gaming Associated Benchmarks (Z170)

    Reminiscence 3DMark (FireStrike Excessive) Unigine Heaven Metro Final Mild Ballistix Elite 3466MHz 16GB 8042 1098 120.00 G.Talent TridentZ 3000MHz 16GB 8037 1093 121.00 Essential Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 16GB 8001 1097 117.00 Ballistix Sport LT 2666MHz 16GB 8021 1090 118.00 G.Talent Ripjaws DDR4 2400MHz 8GB 8023 1097 117.00 Essential Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz 32GB 8014 1090 117.00


    Does extra reminiscence (over 8GB) and or quicker reminiscence imply you’ll get higher FPS in Video games? Nicely, we’ve checked out this earlier than and as a rule of thumb it’s safer to say No somewhat than Sure! Why? As you’ll be able to see from the above checks, within the pure Gaming exams (Unigine & Metro) there’s no discernible distinction between these Ballistix 3466MHz modules and our common check 2400MHz modules (inside cause). And, it makes no distinction whether or not your utilizing 8GB, 16GB or 32GB!

    However. We must be cautious right here: In newer testing I’ve seen extra system reminiscence used when operating at greater resolutions (Extremely Broad (3440×1440) & 4K (3840×2160)) with excessive ranges of element in Recreation. Subsequently in case you’re planning on enjoying at these excessive resolutions then 16GB or extra is your greatest guess!


    Ultimate Ideas


    The Ballistix Elite 3466MHz 16GB Kit is straightforward to advocate to anybody on the lookout for a excessive velocity 16GB (x2 8GB) package. The reminiscence modules look good, will slot in inside any rig construct and are constructed like a tank. Add to this the quickest efficiency we now have ever seen and we have now an actual pressure to be reckoned with…

    The Ballistix Elite 3466MHz 16GB modules arrived at pcGameware within the (now normal) plastic pockets, with no scissors required to get on the modules inside! As soon as out of the packaging it was apparent that these Elite modules are constructed to final. The construct high quality is just wonderful with the modules themselves having a really rugged really feel to them. Being black additionally signifies that they’re possible to slot in with virtually any Rig construct and that’s all the time good.

    Set up was, as you’d anticipate, a breeze and the PC booted first time with out situation. As is the norm as soon as booted with ‘Load Optimized Defaults’ the Elite reminiscence modules have been, by default, operating on the Intel most velocity of 2133MHz. Setting the XMP profile within the UEFI to Profile 1 then, after a reboot, pressured the modules to run at their Most velocity of 3466MHz at 1.35v. Straightforward eh…

    It’s straightforward to get excited by the efficiency that the Ballistix Elite modules show as they’re the quickest modules that we now have but seen right here at pcG. Additionally they appear to have a phenomenally low Latency of simply 46.6ns. However in Gaming and in actual world benchmarks resembling Ungine Heaven and Metro having this velocity reminiscence nonetheless has little or no impression of general Gaming efficiency.

    The Ballistix Elite modules have been already good, they’re nicely designed look good and constructed like a tank. With the bump as much as 3466MHz they’re now a number of the quickest modules available on the market and the worth appears fairly truthful too.



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    Many because of Ballistix for offering this pattern for evaluate


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