Overclocking on X99 is a pretty challenging task itself due to the number of possible tweaks and of course the silicon lottery; not to mention more cores = less potential for higher clock speeds. With that being said, memory overclocking was enhanced with the addition of XMP profiles; this allowed memory manufacturers to offer faster than normal pre-sets which allows for one click memory overclocking; some kits even have more than 1 XMP profile such as the Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 kit.
The Crucial Ballistix Sport LT kit comes with a rated 2400MHz speed in addition to CL16 latency timings (16-16-16) which isn’t blistering given that the upper end of the DDR3 scale topped out at 3200MHz; albeit at a very stupid price for a marginal performance increase. To get the most out of this memory, I decided to go up in miniscule steps are with overclocking, I find that this is the best policy to not only get maximum potential, but to also avoid hammering it and potentially damaging it; yes it can happen. At the end of my tweaking, I managed to get a pretty solid memory overclock of 2666MHz with CAS timings of 14-14-14 which is fantastic given the stock CL16 timings.
Overall the overclocking capability of these aren’t exactly DDR3 Hynix MFR capable but given that Micron IC chips are usually pretty high performance at relatively lower speeds so it will be interesting to see how these perform at stock and when overclocked. Let’s get on with it and see how the Ballistix Sport LT kit does in comparison to others we have already tested prior…