2017 Year-End DDR4 Memory 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.

Testing Notes:

The Patriot Viper system in a dual-channel kit (2x8GB) while the other kits are all quad-channel kits (4x4GB). This doesn't make things very fair in certain benchmarks for the dual channel kit, but you'll see in other tests, the faster memory - even when running in dual-channel mode - is better. That should be true in most consumer systems today as most are dual-channel capable. Although our system is older, it's pretty solid overall.

  • Hexacore Intel Core i7-5820K
  • MSI X99 SLI Plus Mainboard
  • Quad-Channel Memory Capable
  • 2x Radeon RX480 GPU
  • Crucial MX100 512GB SSD


Performance Numbers:


  • 1st Place: Crucial Ballistix Elite
  • 2nd Place: Patriot Viper White LED
  • 3rd Place: Crucial Ballistix Sport
  • 4th Place: Mushkin Redline

Next up, Passmark's Memory Test.


  • 1st Place: Patriot Viper White LED
  • 2nd Place: Mushkin Redline
  • 3rd Place: Crucial Ballistix Elite
  • 4th Place: Crucial Ballistix Sport

Moving on to AIDA64.


  • 1st Place: Mushkin Redline 
  • 2nd Place: Crucial Ballistix Elite
  • 3rd Place: Crucial Ballistix Sport
  • 4th Place: Patriot Viper White LED

You can see in this test, that the numbers clearly favored the quad-channel kit. Still, for using half the channels, the Patriot kit keeps up very well.

SiSoft Mult-Threaded Aggregate Memory Bandwidth also favors extra channels of memory. For a dual-channel kit the Patriot Viper kit does really well.


  • 1st Place: Mushkin Redline 
  • 2nd Place: Crucial Ballistix Elite
  • 3rd Place: Crucial Ballistix Sport
  • 4th Place: Patriot Viper White LED

The last benchmark shows actual file compression and decompression using the 7-Zip software. We tested using a single thread and the LZMA64 settings. The numbered results are the MIPS for both compression and decompression listed separately.




  • 1st Place: Crucial Ballistix Elite 
  • 2nd Place: Crucial Ballistix Sport
  • 3rd Place: Patriot Viper White LED
  • 4th Place: Mushkin Redline 


  • 1st Place: Patriot Viper White LED
  • 2nd Place: Crucial Ballistix Elite 
  • 2nd Place: Crucial Ballistix Sport
  • 4th Place: Mushkin Redline 


The fact is that there is only a few percent difference between all of these kits and there isn't a bad one in the bunch. All performed exactly as they should at rated speeds. We didn't overclock them as this process is very system-to-system dependent and the actual performance gains are minimal when strictly overclocking your memory alone.

I'd like to thank all of the companies for sending out their memory for us to throw in the roundup. If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, please post it in the forum right here.