At this point in time, almost all (DDR4) memory manufacturers / makers have their products slapped with LED or RGB lighting. But where is Crucial’s or Ballistix’s RGB-enabled DDR4 memory? Well it’s finally here! Today we are going to look at and review the Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-2666 Gaming Memory; we have here the 4-stick 32GB kit, running at 2666MHz. It was quite surprising for us to see the company not releasing an RGB-enabled DDR4 memory soon enough, considering that Crucial Ballistix was one of the first few companies who have LED lighting on their DDR memory back then. And I’m talking about their Ballistix Tactical Tracer DDR3, which was quite popular at that time. Well it’s never too late to join the RGB bandwagon. Let’s see what the new Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 has to offer, or if it brought something new on the table. Please continue reading our Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-2666 Gaming Memory review below and find out.
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-2666 Gaming Memory Review
Last April 2018, Ballistix (a brand under Micron) officially released their new Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 Gaming memory. The Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 memory offers speeds of up to 3000 MT/s and it’s available in 8GB or 16GB densities. It features 16 RGB LEDs in 8 zones on each module and these RGB LEDs can be controlled and customized via Crucial’s M.O.D. Utility (Memory Overview Display). This new gaming memory module are also built with thermal sensor, so you can monitor the (per stick) temperature in real time. Aside from that, the top bar or the light diffuser can be remove and replace with your own customized 3D printed light bar.
The Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 is available in single stick, dual kit or quad kit in 8GB or 16GB per stick. Currently, there are two speeds available: 2666MHz and 3000MHz. The DDR4-2666 runs at 1.2 volts while the DDR4-3000 runs at 1.35 volts. Both speeds runs at 16-18-18 latency. These are all unbuffered and non-ECC memory modules.
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 Specifications
|Manufacturer||Memory Module - Crucial Technology
DRAM Components - Micron Technology
Thermal Sensor - STMicroelectronics
|Model||BLT4K8G4D26BFT4K (our sample)|
|Memory Type||DDR4 SDRAM 288-pin|
|Capacities Available||8GB up to 64GB (in single, dual or quad stikcs)|
|Multi-Channel||Dual / Quad Channel Kit|
|Speed / Latency||DDR4-2666 (PC4-21300) 16-18-18
DDR4-3000 (PC4-24000 16-18-18
|Voltage||1.2V - 2666, 1.35V - 3000|
|XMP||Intel XMP 2.0|
Packaging and Closer Look
The Ballistix Tactical’s packaging is quite cool. It’s made of semi-hard plastic and a portion at the front is transparent so that you can see the memory sticks inside. The packaging’s design features a metal cross grid pattern and you can see the label TRACER RGB on the front portion of the box, along with the kit’s capacity and speed. At the back are some additional features of the memory kit.
The Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB features a black/grey or gunmetal like heat spreader. It looks like there are two sheets of metal layered together. The design looks modern and stylish, not too fancy either; and I think it will blend well with most builds or systems.
On one side of the memory stick, there are some sticker labels indicating the density, speed, latency, voltage and other information for each stick. You can also see the “Ballistix by Micron” logo and the Tactical logo on both sides of the memory stick.
The top bar or the light diffuser can be removed easily by removing two locks. It was easy to remove the locks and it doesn’t require any tools to remove them. Removing the top bar reveals the 16 RGB LEDs on the top portion of the stick. These LEDs are placed side by side, 8 on each side of the PCB and they are distributed evenly across the length of the PCB.
Next page, let’s check out the Ballistix M.O.D Utility and some RGB lighting effects of the Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4.