For being their first RGB memory kit I think Ballistix has done a really good job. A lot of the RGB memory kits we’ve seen over the past year have been sort of half-baked. They either didn’t work as advertised, the software was buggy, or the lighting was underwhelming. The Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB memory ticks all of those boxes plus more!
Since this is an RGB kit lets talk about that first. Each module has 16 RGB LEDs with a diffuser at the top. This diffuser does a great job creating the illusion of a single light bar. Ballistix even includes 3D Printer files for the diffuser bar so you can print your own with your gamertag, clan name, etc. Ballistix has their own MOD Utility that allows you to control these LEDs. You can change the colors, set different effects, change the speed of the effect, and adjust the brightness all within the utility. You can also have the modules sync (do the same effect) or you can control each module individually. You can even control each of the 8 LED zones on the modules individually. The MOD utility will also show you the SPD information and temperature of each module.
I do want to mention the issue we did run into with the MOD utility and NZXT’s CAM software. When we had the MOD utility running and launched NZXT CAM the MOD utility would freeze and in-turn cause the LEDs on the modules to freeze. If we tried to close the MOD software and open it back up nothing happened. We had to restart the system for to get the MOD software (and our LEDs) working correctly again. Of course without launching NZXT’s CAM software. We’ve contacted both Ballistix and NZXT about this issue and hopefully it is resolved soon as many people looking at this memory might already be running NZXT CAM.
Besides the RGB lighting these modules are some of the best-looking ones we’ve seen from Ballistix. I really like the two piece, two tone design with the gunmetal on top and the dark green under it.
This kit operating at 2666 MHz with timings of 16-18-18-38 at 1.2V does quite well, although we’ve seen other DDR4 kits at this speed with much tighter timings. We were able to push this kit all the way up to 3200 MHz with the same timings, just with the voltage up at 1.35V. At that speed this kit is one of the best performing kits we’ve seen.
At the end of the day this is one of the best RGB DDR4 kits we’ve seen, from the great implementation of the RGB LEDs to the great software that allows you to control the LEDs, and the great overall performance and overclocking headroom. The BLT4K8G4D26BFT4K kit which we reviewed today is currently selling for $419.99 at our favorite online retailer. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4-2666 32GB Memory Kit a 9 out of 10 score.
– Great implementation of RGB LEDs
– Sleek looking modules
– Great performance and overclocking headroom
– Some of the best RGB software we’ve seen for memory
– You can 3D print your own diffuser bar
– MOD Utility has issues with NZXT CAM
– Only available up to DDR4-3000 speeds