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$125 Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 BL2K8G36C16U4B (BLACK)

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[Newegg] $125 Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 BL2K8G36C16U4B (BLACK)

It is a straight forward simple rock solid memory.
It is Crucial Ballistix 3600 MHz DDR4 with 16 Cas for desktop (non-Laptop) memory.
These are single rank memory with fairly decent speed and timings.

Specs:
Capacity:16GB (2 x 8GB)
Type: 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM
Speed: DDR4 3600 (PC4 28800)
CAS Latency: 16
Timing :16-18-18-38
Voltage:1.35V
Intel XMP 2.0
Color: Black
Heat Spreader: Yes
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Good ram. I bought two 16gb kits. It overclocks well
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SS76SS wrote: So why this one over say this one: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B07NKYM62 ... Pl=1&psc=1

3600 vs 3200 but $30 price difference
I love it when people answer their own questions..... ;)

Not only is it higher frequency, but they're both C16 which means the OP sticks are better binned (since they can do C16 @ 3600, while you'd probably have to loosen the 3200 sticks down to CL18 in order to squeeze 3600 speeds out of them).

Seems like a decent enough price, and 2 sets would get you 32GB over 4 ranks.
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If I need 32gb, should I buy 2 sets of this RAM or 2x16gb? assuming they are the same brand with same frequencies and timings.
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virtuoso wrote: If I need 32gb, should I buy 2 sets of this RAM or 2x16gb? assuming they are the same brand with same frequencies and timings.
2x16gb will give you better results and it's cheaper
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virtuoso wrote: If I need 32gb, should I buy 2 sets of this RAM or 2x16gb? assuming they are the same brand with same frequencies and timings.
Jawkuz wrote: 2x16gb will give you better results and it's cheaper
Is this for an AMD Ryzen build? If so, you'll be better off with 2 sets of these (for 32GB) as I doubt you'll find a set of 2X16GB that's guaranteed to be dual rank.

Ryzen's sweet spot seems to be 3600, but it also needs to be 4 Ranks so you'd need either 4 single ranked sticks, or 2 dual ranked sticks, and the great majority of memory manufacturers have switched their 2X16GB sticks over to single rank.
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virtuoso wrote: If I need 32gb, should I buy 2 sets of this RAM or 2x16gb? assuming they are the same brand with same frequencies and timings.
Always max with less slots, so 2 x 16gb

Guess what happens when you need to upgrade later and your slots are already all full.

Yeah you buy all new memory throughout instead of just incrementing
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Bought this for $109 on Amazon a few weeks ago. Can confirm they are great, XMP profile has them running stable at 3600mhz easily with my 5600X
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Probably one of the better set of RAM sticks in the market.

Corsair, Patriot, and a few others have started resorting to substitute memory IC parts, so be careful when you are buying RAM sticks for the purpose of overclocking them past the rated X.M.P profile.
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-1 got these on April for 119$ from amazon...
and it was always that price...
but 99$ would be a good price Smiling Face With Open Mouth
simple is the best...
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These are $119 right on Amazon. I've personally bought 2 sets of these exact ram sticks but in the RGB variant for $125.
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Paulmolive wrote: These are $119 right on Amazon. I've personally bought 2 sets of these exact ram sticks but in the RGB variant for $125.
$115.62 for the red version
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Here is it in my AMD machine
Crucial Ballistix.JPG

Yes it is a Single Rank memory module
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Jawkuz wrote: 2x16gb will give you better results and it's cheaper
danascully wrote: Always max with less slots, so 2 x 16gb

Guess what happens when you need to upgrade later and your slots are already all full.

Yeah you buy all new memory throughout instead of just incrementing

This post is wrong for anyone wondering. These used to be dual ranked, but now the 16gb versions are single ranked as well. If the 16gb x 2 are single ranked, 8gb x 4 single ranked will give you much better performance.

It's been proven many times. Even personally, I own this ram in 16x2 and 8x4, 8x4 is roughly 5 to 10 more fps in any game, which is actually quite major.
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virtuoso wrote: If I need 32gb, should I buy 2 sets of this RAM or 2x16gb? assuming they are the same brand with same frequencies and timings.
sswilson wrote: Is this for an AMD Ryzen build? If so, you'll be better off with 2 sets of these (for 32GB) as I doubt you'll find a set of 2X16GB that's guaranteed to be dual rank.

Ryzen's sweet spot seems to be 3600, but it also needs to be 4 Ranks so you'd need either 4 single ranked sticks, or 2 dual ranked sticks, and the great majority of memory manufacturers have switched their 2X16GB sticks over to single rank.

This guy knows what he's talking about. Avoid the other posters. It's actually the same for Intel. If gaming at 2k, even on a z590 mobo, the fps increase is apparent on 8x4.

As for the price of the ram, this is the most expensive it's been for awhile.. It's regularly goes on sale for 110, and has been 117 for weeks.

The white rgb version is 125. The rgb on crucial sticks is some of the worst though. Their program to use the rgb is very bad.

I'm a weirdo that overclocks different types of ram for fun.

For anyone wanting to game, and have an easy XMP experience, these are the best ram you can buy.

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