Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB 2400MHz memory kit is currently available in the UK for £179.99 from OverclockersUK and for $229.99USD from Newegg. DDR4 RAM prices have considerably in recent weeks thanks to the release of Intel Skylake.
While the Ballistix Sport memory kit isn’t the best-looking set on the market, it is a vast improvement over the horrible stock green PCB and black memory chip designs of early models. The small silver heat spreaders add a great contrast to the black PCB; although there could have been a small amount of gold added to tie in better with the gold highlights on the PCB of the memory. With all this in mind, however, this is one of the cheapest, not ‘stock’ memory kit available with a capacity of 32GB; so bear that in mind when you come to comparing products.
Performance is marginally better than the 16GB set, which is thanks to the slightly better timings allowing for smoother and quick processing of information. The read speed is around 2Gb/s faster than the 16GB set, although the copy speeds see a huge boost of almost 5Gb/s when compared to Aida 64. The performance in other tests proved less fruitful, with only minor increases and even some decreases in the more CPU focused tests such as WPrime and Cinebench.
The overclock achieved by this set is same as the 16GB set, just an increase to 2666MHz. This offered a nice boost in performance over the standard speeds; however, it lacked slightly behind the Kingston memory set at the default. That being said the lower price makes this set a more attractive option with a huge £50 price difference.
While most games and applications do not use more than 8GB of RAM, some are starting to push the boundaries of 16GB. This means that 32GB is almost completely pointless for the general or even moderate user, or so it would seem. With most motherboards and even as a purchase online, you can buy RAM Caching software; this allows you to use the unused RAM to speed up your current storage drives massively.
- Low profile design
- Lifetime warranty
- DDR4 Prices are dropping
- Overclocking was limited
“Crucial Ballistix Sport 32GB memory kit is an excellent, wallet-friendly option into the high-capacity DDR4 game, with a simple heatsink, low power consumption, and competitive pricing.”
Thank you Crucial for providing this sample.