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Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4-3466 Memory Review

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Closer Look: Crucial Ballistix Elite

I have to admit up front that I’m been disappointed that Crucial no longer sells their “Ballistix Tracer” memory, which had LEDs on the top of the modules that would animate based on memory accesses. When your computer was idling, the LEDs would blink and travel languidly, but speed up to a frenetic pace when workloads increased.

The Ballistix Elite DDR4 modules have no lights, but do sport thick black aluminum heat spreaders– and these aren’t sheet aluminum bent around a module, but rather are machined aluminum slabs secured with screws, as shown in the image below.

The modules are branded on the front, with a specifications label on the back:

A top label will provide at least something to look at through your case window.

And that’s about it for the cosmetics. Let’s start with the benchmarks in the next section.


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