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Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3–2133MHz RAM Review

By on January 21, 2011
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Hyper performance that’s worth the price.

Good: Extremely fast performance while overclocked, T1 heatsinks keep things cool and stable
Bad: A bit pricy
Price: AED 400
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Kingston is a memory brand name synonymous when it comes to making quality RAM modules. Over the years Kingston has targeted many market segments within the PC community, ranging from budget memory sticks for desktops and laptops to performance beasts that will satiate the desire of any overclocking freak. Today we’ll be looking at one such module which is their HyperX 2x 2GB DDR3 2133MHz dual channel memory kit.

Starting off with how it looks, well, you’ll see upfront the massive T1 heatsinks on top of the RAM modules, with the blue fins dissipating heat going to the top, allowing for very high speeds. The ink blue heatsinks provide a very high-end feel to the sticks, and well deservedly so since the price premium and performance live up to the high-speed claims by Kingston.

For testing the Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133MHz memory modules I put it into our new testbed which consists of the Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard, Intel Core i7-2600K CPU, Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition GPU and Kingston V-Series 64GB SSD with Windows 7 Ultimate; all of which is powered by a Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold PSU. For comparisons I’ll be using the new Kingmax 4GB DDR3-2200 (NANO Thermal Design) memory.

Now for testing I only overclocked the Kingston HyperX 4GB memory modules in the BIOS. Thankfully Gigabyte’s M.I.B.X. III allows for some extremely simple memory frequency and voltage settings. I have to say that while trying the XMP Profile setting (Profile 1 – 1866MHz & Profile 2 – 2133MHz) the auto voltage taken of 1.65 volts failed to boot the PC. So I had to manually go in and set the voltage to a higher, but still acceptable 1.84 volts which booted the system perfectly and never crashed during extensive runs of Prime95 and other gaming benchmarks.

As you can see the Kingston HyperX manages to outperform the Kingmax NANO, but the latter is no slouch either. I managed to overclock the Kingmax NANO at 2133MHz with 1.80 volts, however the unlike the Kingston HyperX’s memory timings of 9-11-9-27, the Kingmax NANO had a CAS timings of 10-10-10-24.

Ultimately I would say that the Kingston gives amazing overclocked performance and stability with supreme heat management thanks to the T1 heatsinks. With the new Sandy Bridge processors and P67 motherboards out, Kingmax HyperX is no doubt going to be one of the star rams out there.


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