2017 Year-End DDR4 Memory Roundup

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2017 Year-End DDR4 Memory Roundup
Performance Roundup

Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 16GB (4x4GB) 2666MHz Kit
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 16GB (4x4GB) 2400MHz Kit
Mushkin Redline Ridgeback DDR4 16GB (4x4GB) 2800MHz Kit (Link to 3000Mhz)
Patriot Viper White LED DDR4 16GB (2x8GB) 3200MHz Kit

Provided By: Crucial, Mushkin, Patriot



As we wrap up 2017 and kick off 2018, we have a look at three new kits of memory from Crucial, Mushkin and Patriot. We are going to quickly dive in and compare this kits to the current kit powering our Core i7-5820K Quad-Channel system. It's a pretty robust system, but it's not the latest generation of CPU. Please keep that in mind as well as the fact that our reference memory is Crucial Ballistix Elite at 2666MHz in a quad-channel kit. Unfortunately, the Patriot Viper kit is the only dual-channel kit we've got on our bench and this skews the results in favor of the quad-channel kits for several tests. Please keep that in mind and there are a couple of tests that don't factor in number of memory channels and you'll see the Patriot Kit shine in these tests. 

Without a bunch of pre-amble, we'll drop the specs of the kits below and then jump right into testing and let the results speak for themselves.

DDR4 Roundup

(Not Pictured: Crucial Ballistix Elite Reference Memory)


Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-2666


  • DDR4 PC4-21300
  • XMP Timings - 16-17-17-36 2T
  • Speed - DDR4-2666
  • Voltage - 1.2V


Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-2400


  • DDR4 PC4-19200
  • XMP Timings - 16-16-16-39 2T
  • Speed - DDR4-2400
  • Voltage - 1.2V


Patriot Viper White LED DDR4 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3200


  • DDR4 PC4-25600
  • XMP Timings - 16-18-18-36 2T
  • Speed - DDR4-3200
  • Voltage - 1.35V


Mushkin Redline Ridgeback DDR4 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4-2800


  • DDR4 PC4-22400
  • XMP Timings - 15-15-15-35 2T
  • Speed - DDR4-2800
  • Voltage - 1.25V

Pile of DDR4


On the next page, we're simply going to let the performance speak for itself. There are a ton of different benchmarks we could run, but many actual games and applications aren't really limited by the memory at this point, so speed is pretty close all around. Your mileage will vary of course.