Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 Memory Overview
The Curcial Ballistix Elite DDR4 2666MHz kit that I received is what I would call ‘entry level’ into the Elite lineup of memory kits. Crucial has built a factory overclocked memory kit using the standard 1.2V, while bumping speeds up to 2666MHz. Their 3000MHz and 3200MHz counterparts run at 1.35V, which is pretty standard for overclocked versions of memory at those speeds.
Crucial packages their Ballistix Elite memory in an easy to open plastic clam shell. Thankfully the tabs at the top of the packaging make removal of the kit nice and easy.
The Crucial Ballistix Elite RAM has quite a sleek profile. The black on black with white letter print will work in a wide variety of color schemes.
The Ballistix Elite heat spreaders are made out of aluminum, while not quite low profile, do have a removable heat sink on the top edge of the RAM.
After removing the 4 tiny screws you can remove the heat sink on top of the Ballistix Elite module. This will give you a few more millimeters to work with if you are having clearance issues and save yourself a bit of weight in your PC case. This kit has a decent heft to them. The 2 modules together weigh in close to 1 pound.
I took a shot of the Ballistix Elite installed to show you the clearance (or lack there-of), with my Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler. I had to move the Noctua 120mm fan slightly higher on the cooler to get the RAM to sit underneath without sitting flush against the bottom of the fan.