As we finish things up, we do realize that there are no fancy RGB LEDs that seem to drive everyone to new sticks, but we are more than fine without them, and a large segment of the market would agree. There are many out there who just want dependable kits that will run reliably, without issues or compatibility problems, and in the Crucial Ballistix, all of that rings true. They are not the fastest kit we have tested, but they do come out on top more often than not, of all of the other 3200MHz kits we have tested thus far!
Density certainly helps in specific tests, as this is a 32GB kit of memory, and most others in the charts are 16GB over two sticks, and we like that both systems reacted well to powering double-sided DIMMs, and left plenty of room for those that want to tinker! What we liked the most, is that with all of the aesthetic tricks of the trade we tend to see a lot, it refreshing to see another kit where the memory is billed for what it is, and integral part of the rig, that does not have to look fancy to get your investment back from them in performance!
Getting back to where we started this review, where our fond memories of using Crucial RAM, and our overclocking results still hold a special place in our hearts. None of that is lost with what we have here today, either! With both the AMD and the Intel CPUs, we were able to tighten them down quite a bit, and if you do not need a system for longevity as we do, these kits will take a bit more VDIMM and react well to the added power, we were not at the limits yet! Headroom for more speed is also there, and keep in mind, the strain of thirty-two ICs at higher speeds versus just 16 ICs in the usual suspects, we have to give it to Crucial again!
In past experience, at this density, we do not typically find what we saw in these Ballistix, and while Corsair and G.Skill may be the go-to camps for DDR4, we do not feel these results are from cherry-picked samples. We received two kits, and both reacted similarly under XMP and DOCP, as well as overclocking results with our self-imposed voltage limits.
For those looking for more density, a kit such as this is below average in cost, and compared to a year ago, is around the cost of an average 16GB kit, how can you go wrong? Crucial does have a broader range of densities and speeds to consider, but we are more than happy with the BL2K16G32C16U4B kit we have in hand! We cannot argue that in four or five benchmarks, we did expect a little more from the Ballistix, but considering the $159.99 price for 32GB worth of some of the newer E-Die ICs, Crucial poised themselves perfectly in our opinion!
For those of you who cannot go without RGB LEDs, you can find what you need from Crucial, it is only twenty dollars more to get a similar heat spreader but with the top section loaded with LEDs! Don't forget; there are also color choices for what we have, as well as the RGB versions, so no matter your requirements, the Ballistix we have proven they are worth the time to ponder when it comes to buying your next set of DDR4!
The Bottom Line
One of the better 3200MHz kits we have tested thus far, but with double the density! Even so, there's plenty of headroom for overclockers, and with a choice of three colors, the Crucial Ballistix will blend well with any system!