Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR4 4000Mhz Memory Review

System Configuration & Testing

Testing Hardware:

  • ASUS Maximus X Apex
  • Intel Core i7-8700K Processor
  • Samsung 960 PRO SSD
  • EKWB PE240 & Velocity block.
  • Open BenchTable Test Bench
  • Corsair RM1000 Power Supply
  • Nvidia RTX 2080 FE


Testing Software:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Professional 1903
  • CPU-Z
  • AIDA64 Extreme Edition
  • Passmark Performance Test
  • SiSoft Sandra
  • Super Pi Modded 1.5


With XMP enabled, we see the rated 4000 Mhz. DDR stands for Double Data rate, and the memory transfer’s data twice per clock, so a physical clock speed of 2000 MHz equates to an effective clock speed of 4000 MHz.

One more look at the CPU-Z SPD tables to see the rated 18-19-19-39 timings. It’s actually pretty impressive to get to this speed with only 1.35V as most kits in this speed range end up at 1.40V.


AIDA64 Engineer Edition

“AIDA64 Engineer has a hardware detection engine unrivaled in its class. It provides detailed information about installed software and offers diagnostic functions and support for overclocking. As it is monitoring sensors in real-time, it can gather accurate voltage, temperature and fan speed readings, while its diagnostic functions help detect and prevent hardware issues. It also offers a couple of benchmarks for measuring the performance of individual hardware components or the whole system. It is compatible with all 32-bit and 64-bit Windows editions, including Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.”

Ballistix’s 4000Mhz effective speed lends itself to higher bandwidth scores compared to the slower kits in this chart.

The Ballistix Elite’s CAS-18 latency brings it an overall latency of just a shade over 46 nanoseconds, one of our best.


Passmark Performance Test – Memory Mark – Threaded

“Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark PerformanceTest ™ allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.”

The 4000MHz speed and good latency end up giving the Ballistix Elite kit a fair edge over our other tested kits with this kit just a few points from taking first place in our Dual-channel testing.


SiSoft Sandra

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems–or potential headaches.”

SiSoft Sandra uses a different testing methodology and comes in about 34.6 GB’s on average. While slightly lower than a couple of previously tested kits, it’s still a very strong score.


Super Pi Modded 1.5

“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environments such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”

Since Super Pi is very CPU heavy, overall latency plays a part here and we see 4000Mhz at CAS 18 lands towards the top of the pack with a 32M calculation time of 7 minutes and 17.9 seconds.

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