Crucial has advertised this ram for everybody! Meaning this ram is not in a category for the hardcore gamer or the serious work horse but for everyone. Being a casual gamer myself and a bit of a work horse here is what I had to say.
I have been using this ram as a daily driver on my test bench with the likes of Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas and a few AAA titles games for testing.
CPU: Intel Core i7 5820K
Motherboard: ASRock X99 Extreme 4
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 980
Storage: Samsung 840 SSD
PSU: Corsair RM750W
Not the best test bench in the world but it’s what we have to work with and will work with this configuration. The small amount of DDR4 ram I have tested in the past doesn’t bring much to the table over DDR3 and in some cases actually performed worse. The Ballistix Sport LT has stepped it up on the performance from what I could tell. Don’t get me wrong changing from your current DDR4 to this isn’t going to blow you out the water and for the money to update if you already have DDR4 is wasted money in my opinion BUT if you are looking into upgrading to X99 and choosing your configuration you will want to keep reading.
Through out all the games I tested (CS:GO, Battlefield 4 and Crysis 3) the performance was steady and smooth like I expected. DDR4 over DDR3 doesn’t offer all that much when it comes to games in my opinion. But where I do see a big improvement is during my daily work. Adobe Photoshop, Sony Vegas and other applications has been part of my daily life for a few years now and through out the years my upgrades has been purely to improve that life. Moving to X99 isn’t for everyone just yet but it has become sort of a must to improve my workflow and this RAM has definitely helped my workflow. This is where I personally see the difference between standard DDR4 and Crucials Ballistix Sport LT.
But is it worth it? Well…