DDR3 memory is starting to pick up steam thanks to broader motherboard support, greater retail selection, and of course lower prices. As the truly extreme kits push to frequencies above 2000MHz, it seems that the once zippy 1600MHz kits have become a bit more mainstream. That is just fine with me, as 1600MHz kits that sold for $500 or even $600 just six months ago can now be had for $200 or less.
is a memory manufacturer that has catered to the enthusiast market with their HyperX line for years. They were right on board with DDR3 when it launched, and they have continued to develop new products to keep up with the demands of those who insist on getting the most from each and every component in their computer. This review will focus on a recently released product that offers high speed operation while also hovering around the new price threshold of $200.
The dual channel memory kit in question features two 1GB sticks of PC3-12800 (1600MHz) DDR3 memory rated for 9-9-9-27 timings at 1.9V. Before taking a look at the kit provided for review, let's look at some of the published data taken from the HyperX DDR3
section of the Kingston website...
Features and Specifications:
» Part Number: KHX12800D3K2/2G
» Capacity: 2GB (Two 1GB modules)
» Speed Rating: 1600MHz (PC3-12800)
» Description: 128M X 64, Non-ECC, 240-pin Unbuffered DIMM
» Latency Timings: 9-9-9-27
» Voltage: 1.9V
For more technical information on this kit, please check out this PDF format datasheet
from the Kingston website.
The image below shows the memory packaged in Kingston's traditional clear plastic shell with a black backing. Potential buyers get a good look at the product, a few details on the features and specifications, and tucked into the package behind one module is a paper insert with installation and warranty information.