Ballistix Elite 16GB DDR4 4000Mhz Memory Review


Ram overclocking is something almost everyone does, albeit unknowingly, when they apply XMP settings. We’ll see if we can push our kit beyond that ‘factory overclock’.

Without touching any settings, we were able to take the Ballistix Elite to 4200Mhz effective speed at the same timings and voltage.

Doing this made a small but noticeable impact on AIDA64 scores. Our Read saw an increase from 54303 to 56824 MB/s, write from 53165 to 58964 MB/s and Copy got a larger boost from 44934 to 52294 MB/s.
Latency also got a nice boost from an already decent 46.3 nanoseconds to 43.6 nanoseconds.

From here, we ran into a brick wall. We were able to get to windows at 4266MHz but it required upping the voltage to 1.41V and was not stable enough to complete a memory-intensive task or benchmark. 4300MHz would POST, but not get to windows and anything above this would not even POST no matter how loose we let the timings go or how high we pushed the voltage. It seems like Ballistix already has the kit well-tuned and doesn’t leave much left on the table.

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