We did it. We hold the belt.
Ballistix, Micron’s gaming memory brand, is now the official overclocking world record holder.
Overclockers used the Ballistix Elite 3600MT/s to set a new overclocking record for the fastest DDR4 memory frequency at a blistering 5726MT/s.
That’s 79 percent faster than the max JEDEC DDR4 speed of 3200MT/s and 115 percent faster than the 2666 MT/s considered mainstream today.
How's that for a speed run?
Yes, this record is a big, big, (big, big) deal to us here at Ballistix. But we care just as much about how we earned the top mark. We’re proud that we were able to use the same CAS latency – CL24 – used by most of the previous record holders. In addition, we set the record using the same production module of the Ballistix Elite 3600 available to gamers today.
That’s what we care about.
The record was set May 13 by Stavros Savvopoulos and Phil Strecker from Overclocked Gaming Systems, using an Intel i7-8086K CPU, an ASUS Maximus XI Apex motherboard, as well as, of course, a liquid nitrogen cooling system.
The veteran overclockers have tested other DRAM that was more finicky, requiring lower temperatures, Savvopoulos said, but the Elite 3600 broke the record without complaint.
“We were blown away by how surprisingly easy it was to overclock these Ballistix Elite DDR4 3600MT/s modules,” Savvopoulos said. “Other modules we’ve overclocked can be temperamental and need to train at temperatures lower than the one required for stability; but we didn’t experience that with Micron’s E-die, which scaled much better with both extreme voltages and temperatures. Overall, it was easy enough to call the whole experience plug and play!”
Ballistix gaming memory is engineered at the die level. The components used to create Ballistix memory are designed, built and tested in-house. Ballistix and Micron owe that degree of quality control to gamers, said Teresa Kelley, Vice President of Micron’s Consumer Products Group. That means that whether you’re using liquid nitrogen to overclock at 5000 MT/s or more, or if you’re a more cost-effective gamer using mainstream cooling at accelerated XMP profiles, the Ballistix 3600 will do the trick, straight out of the box.
“Breaking this world record reinforces our commitment to the enthusiast community,” Kelley said. “Our Ballistix product lineup provides the high-speed, low-latency and overclock headroom that gamers, content creators, and enthusiasts crave. We will continue to focus on offering an exceptional high-performance memory and storage portfolio, with Micron, Crucial, and Ballistix engineers striving to deliver leading-edge technology that redefines the performance boundary.”