Price and Availability
Micron’s Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 memory modules are now available. It’s available in 8GB or 16GB densities; in single stick, kit of two or kit of four sticks; and in 2666MHz or 3000MHz speeds. An 8GB DDR4-2666 has a retail price of $109, while the 8GB DDR4-3000 retails for $124 USD. The 32GB (4x8GB) kit we have here retails for $436 USD at Crucial’s site. The company is also offering limited lifetime warranty for these memory kits. You can check the latest pricing and availability of the Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 from the links below.
For US: Available at Amazon.com here
For UK: Available at Amazon UK here
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-2666 Review: Conclusion
Ballistix’s first RGB-enabled DDR4 memory came with a bang (well not really a huge bang), but it didn’t disappoint. Build quality was top-notch, as expected from the company, and the aesthetics and design of the Tactical Tracer’s heat spreader is great. The colors are neutral, meaning they will blend well with most system builds. There are 16 RGB LEDs installed on each stick, 8 on each side; that’s actually more RGB LEDs compared to other LED or RGB-enabled DDR4 memory. The design of the top bar is not obnoxious; but if I have to nitpick, I think the top bar diffuser is a little bit less transparent, making it a little bit harder for the light to pass through.
There are only two speeds available, the 2666MHz and 3000MHz. As expected, at 2666MHz memory speed, it’s at below the charts when compared to faster DDR4 memory (2933MHz and above). But what’s good about this kit is that you can manually overclock it, up to 3200MHz in our case, to match the performance of other faster DDR4 memory modules. After all, you need to enable the XMP profile of those memory modules in order for them to run at their advertised speeds (example 3000MHz or 3200MHz). Settings XMP profile is basically overclocking the memory, except that the profile is generally accepted in most motherboards and you don’t need to set every configuration. Just enable XMP and you’re good to go. But basically speaking, you’re still overclocking the memory since its default clock speed is definitely lower.
Remember, if you don’t enable XMP, the memory won’t run at advertised speed and you basically wasted your money paying for a faster DDR4-3000 or even DDR4-3600 and you forgot or did not enabled its XMP profile. The memory that you installed will run at default speeds, probably at 2133MHz. The unfortunate part is, it’s not that easy to spot or tell if the system is running at default 2133MHz or at higher speeds, not unless you check CPUz or other utility. Honestly, it’s much easier to tell if you’re gaming at 30 fps or at 60 fps (and more).
Speaking of enabling XMP profile, the Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-2666 will run at 2666MHz out of the box, even if you didn’t enable XMP. That’s actually a plus, compared to other DDR4 memory that will only run at the default 2133MHz if you didn’t enabled the XMP profile. As for the Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-3000 kit, we haven’t tested it (yet). We don’t know how far will it overclock or if it will run at 3000MHz even without enabling XMP. If the 3000MHz kit can be overclocked higher than 3200MHz, then I think it would be worth checking it out. But if the kit can only be overclocked up to 3200MHz like this DDR4-2666 kit, definitely the DDR4-2666 is the better buy between the two since it’s cheaper and overclocks the same.
Another thing that I like about this memory kit is that it’s compatible and runs fine on both Intel and AMD Ryzen system. Much better if you have the newer X470 motherboards, since it has better DDR4 memory support compared to its predecessor – X370. If you don’t like to install the motherboard’s software to control the RGB lighting, simply install the Ballistix M.O.D. utility. It’s basically what you need to control and customize the RGB lighting. It’s light, simple and easy to use; plus it’s the official software for controlling the RGB lighting. Also, I can confirm that MSI’s Mystic Light also works with the Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 based on our testing.
Finally, I think the Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 is a great memory and it’s definitely worth your hard earn money. It may not be the fastest kit out there, but I bet most of the typical users/gamers won’t really see a substantial increase in the performance of their system (whether typical desktop operations or when gaming) beyond 3000Mhz or 32000Mhz.