Pros: -Used this for a Ryzen 7 build and wanted 3000MHz - got it!
-It was a bling build so the RGB was a nice addition
-Kind of a small detail, but with it being a bling build - the BALLISTIX type on the RGB cover looks really good and is easily read, nice touch
Cons: -nothing yet
Overall Review: -so many RAM kits don't hit the speeds they should with Ryzen, but this one did
-take the time to check the compatibility of the mobo to ensure you get the speeds you are paying for
Pros: They work well with my MSI B360M Bazooka MoBo, and was able to overclock them to 3000MHz without any issues. The RGB LED lighting is nice and the colors look great, and the gun metal grey heatsink matches my MoBo's other gun metal grey features. All around they work great and are fast.
Cons: The Ballistix M.O.D. Utility program is something else though. Sometimes it works and sometimes it don't. RGB LED's hang up and freeze, and sometimes you can't even control how fast the LED's move. Customizing the color scheme sometime worked, but the 8 pattern zones worked well. LED brightness never worked, and always adjusted by itself to what it wanted - even after I adjusted it to what I wanted it to be.
Overall Review: I would only recommend them, if they didn't have the RGB LED's or having to use the Ballistix M.O.D. Utility. Ballistix should use the program that their DDR3 Smart Tracer used, it was simple and easier to use, never had hiccups or issues. Man, I miss my 4 Smart Tracer MeM with Orange/Blue and Green/Red LED's.
Overall Review: they work and that about it. when running benchmarks on the ram they are running at a latency of 70+ across different benchmarks. Crucial customer support is awful emailed them and they reply once a day and might not even be useful follow up, so I tried to call in and they refused to help me do any trouble shooting over the phone and the said he will help me through. which is whatever if he were to reply more than once a day, like really im trying to get this fixed or setup a warranty exchange or to see if them not running at the correct latency is even "covered" by warranty. I have bought crucial products before and I would recommend them to everyone, but after the customer service experience im just gonna buy g skill tridents instead
Pros: Still looking for a pro..... Has nice effects when the software works.
Cons: Bought 4 sticks but only three worked, so RMA time . should be 1.35v but keeps reading 1.2v even after manual setting in bios. Software locks up causing the rgb effects on the ram to freeze up, needing a system restart to fix both ram and software. Not compatible with my Asus Mobo RGB
Overall Review: Loved the tracer in ddr3, still running strong in my wife's computer but I am regretting getting this. Sold my other ram that I never had issues with to get this so I guess I am stuck with it but wishing I had gotten the Gskill RGB when I had the chance.
Pros: I used this RAM for a Ryzen 7 1800X build. I added four of these RAM modules to an ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming motherboard. The motherboard recognized them without any problems and set all four modules to run at 2400 MHz automatically. I ran the modules at this speed for a year without any problems. I have since over-clocked the RAM modules to 2933 MHz. I did this by adjusting the RAM speed settings in the motherboard’s BIOS using the XMP 2.0 setting. This boosted the timings to 3000 MHZ without any issues. However, the manufacturer of the motherboard recommended a maximum stable speed of 2933 MHz. I simply used the easy to navigate BIOS menu to drop the speed to a safe 2933 MHz. I have not had any problems with the RAM modules running at this speed. The system has been very stable thus far. As far as the hardware side of things go, these RAM modules are great. The RGB lighting is controlled by an easy to download Ballistix MOD Utility from Crucial’s web site. The Ballistix MOD Utility, when set up properly, works well… For the most part. Without it, the RAM modules will default to a static, light aqua-blue color. The Ballistix MOD Utility can be set to run automatically when Windows starts up or you will need to do it manually from the Windows “Start Menu”. The Ballistix MOD Utility does have some issues. I will explain later in the “Cons” section. The lighting can be adjusted to your hearts content. There are several preset color and lighting effects to choose from. These will load automatically once the program starts up. You can even adjust the lighting on each RAM module individually. However, the settings will be saved as preference files you will have to load manually.
Cons: The Crucial Ballistix MOD Utility is the only way to control the RGB lighting. As stated in the Pros section above, the Ballistix MOD Utility can adjust the RGB lighting on each RAM modules individually. However, the individual lighting affects for each RAM module will need to be manually loaded, by the user, using the Ballistix MOD Utility for that kind of lighting to take effect. I ran into a few other problems with the Ballistix MOD Utility. I received an update to Windows 10’s .Net Framework 3.5 early this year that seemed to break the utility. I could no longer get the utility to initialize and run. I tried to use Windows 10’s compatibility mode to see if that would allow me to use it without much luck. I was informed by Windows 10’s Troubleshooter that the Ballistix MOD Utility was no longer compatible with Windows 10. After poking around in the Windows 10 Control Panel I was able to find a solution to the problem. The setting to enable .Net Framework 3.5 (includes .Net 2.0 and 3.0) had been disabled. I simply re-enabled it. Should this happen to you, you can find the this feature in Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features. There you will find “Turn Windows features on or off”. Click on this to bring up a window with a list of feature you can enable or disable. There is one other problem I ran into. Every time I started up the Ballistix MOD Utility Windows would ask if it was okay to allow the it to make changes to my computer. I would always, of course, answer yes and the utility would start up. However, there would be a crash dump report sent to the Windows 10 CrashDump Directory on my Boot Drive. You will find these Dump files in the This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > Your User Name > AppData > Local > CrashDumps. These Dump Files will take up to 14 MBs every time the utility starts up. I found a solution to that problem as well. Simply locate the program on your hard drive. I found the program in This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Program Files > Crucial > Ballistix MOD Utility > MOD.exe. Simply Right Click on it and this will bring up a small menu window. Scroll down to Properties and click on it. A window will open with information about the Application with several Tabs to chose from. Click on the Tab that says “Compatibility”. Look for a small box next to the words “Run this program as an Administrator”. Check off the box and click Apply or OK. This won’t stop Windows from constantly asking you if you want to allow the program to run. However, you will no longer have a dump file created on your boot drive. Oh, for anyone looking for the invisible AppData folder, which happens to contain the CrashDump folder, do this. Open Windows 10’s Control Panel. Under “Hidden files and folders” click “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”. Then simply Left Click “Apply” and OK. Left Click on these links to bring up the “Show hidden files and folders” window. Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > File Explorer Options > Show hidden files and folders. I hope this helps anyone with similar problems.
Overall Review: The Crucial Ballistic Tactical Tracer RGB modules are great RAM modules. You won't be disappointed in their performance. However, the Ballistix MOD Utility does need some work. In conclusion, I would like to stress the need to check the web site of the Manufacturer of your motherboard. I did this prior to purchasing these RAM modules. This will tell you whether or not the RAM you intend to buy is compatible or not. It certainly save me a lot of grief. There were only a handful of RAM modules that were verified to work with four of them installed on this motherboard.
Pros: great product
Overall Review: lovely product overclock much
Pros: Light great
Cons: Advertising as 3000 but it actually 2400 u have to use XMP TO GET 3000
Pros: •Highly reliable (my previous DDR3 sticks lasted nearly a decade always passing MemTest86 and were only retired due to upgrading)
•Some Aura Sync support
Cons: •Lighting profile is not retained over power cycles like previous generation
•High pitched tone with high LED current draw
•No RGB Linux support
Overall Review: I have used the DDR3 Ballixtix Tactical Tracer ram in the past so thought I would give the DDR4 a try when moving to Ryzen. This is great quick memory, although my motherboard detects that they report the speed as 2400 so had to be set manually, but they still run stable (I don't bother with any sort of fine tweaking).
The only reason I knock an egg off is due to the lighting. I primarily use Linux which of course there is no official software (and the majority of options are still experimental), and with the DDR3 the lighting profile was stored on the stick of RAM itself and was persistent, so once you picked a profile it would always use that setting. With the DDR4, while you may set one of the on board lighting effects in Windows, then boot into Linux and it will continue displaying it, upon power loss the lighting profile is lost and it goes back to the default green. This will not be an issue to the majority of users as they will be able to control it via software. These sticks do support being controlled by Aura Sync as well, although only via the software controlled effects and not the on board effects (like breathing or color cycle effects, choosing one will result in the LEDs turning off). There is also a high pitched tone emitted depending on how many and how bright the LEDs are, although this could be somewhat mitigated by lowering the brightness or picking a lighting profile where not as many LEDs are lit at full brightness at the same time.
Overall I can't complain about the default green as it does looks neat, I believe they were going for the tritium night sight glow, and the high pitch screech is absent in this setting. I do have a suspicion that they may possibly save the setting or at least that was the original intention, as that is the impression that I get using the official MOD utility, and potentially Aura Sync is causing it to loose the saved setting, but when I turn off Aura Sync completely from the motherboard the lighting profile was still lost. The motherboard in question is the Asus TUF B450M-Plus which has limited on board Aura Sync support.