When we pieced together our attainable sub-thousand dollar PC, we always had bigger things in mind. Our ultimate aim was to transform a humble desktop into a formidable gaming machine, and a launch pad to test better components that came along. Now, thanks to Crucial and their Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400 32GB Dual-Channel Kit this rig is getting a reinvigorated jump.
The Sport LT certainly looks sharp with a digital camouflage/industrial spreader done in aluminum. My tester came in gray trim but also be had in red or white, respectively. And no, the different colors don’t mean underlying power but are purely aesthetic for discerning tastes. We like the subtlety of everything while retaining a sporty demeanor, it really does come together whenever you see it inside of any chassis.
What we have are modules that prioritize efficiency over clock performance, A bit unusual considering the market (i.e. PC gamers) will opt for a higher megahertz (MHz) range and voltage for uncompromised XMP configuration. For the Ballistix Sport LT though, it is initially limited to a 1.20 voltage that is solely for powering the RAM and lower power output — but not necessarily a hindrance for the majority.
The XMP profile is set at 16-16-16-39, NON-ECC, 2400 MT/s unbuffered DIMM type, making it fairly optimized for demanding builds incorporating the Intel X99 chipset. In our case, the motherboard detected everything by default, and with the right motherboard and BIOS this kit can be tweaked higher, making the Sport LT an affordable sleeper in the right hands.
My current system is pretty well-rounded with a GIGABYTE Gigabyte GA-Z170X Gaming 7 motherboard, 3.4GHz Intel i7-6700 CPU, EVGA 8GB GTX 1070 SuperClocked GAMING ACX 3.0, Corsair CX750 PSU, Crucial 1TB MX300 SSD, running Windows 10 Pro.
The results put the Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400 near the top of our roundup against other value-oriented modules, but never lacking during real-world applications and games. AIDA64 Professional is a dialogistic tool used for checking stability and component stress, specifically memory read/write/latency after running the test three times for the average figure and 73.1ns (nanoseconds). WinRAR produced similar results at 15611KB/sec. We never notice any irregularities as we put the kit through its paces.
The Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare frame benchmarks were a similar story. With the maximum settings on 1080p, the Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400 did very well at 103 FPS, with the numbers topping out at 119 when tweaked up to 2666MHz from its XMP profile. Which is fantastic despite its straightforward bump over standard class modules.
The Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4-2400 32GB Dual-Channel Kit offers two things: good performance and reliability for intermediate users. Granted, it is not as mind-blowing for hungrier enthusiasts but the overall benchmarks are right where it needs to be with a little extra boost, without crashing once when left at 2666MHz. That alone is will attract even with its slightly higher MSRP, but ideal if you need your memory to work without frustration.