The momentum for DDR3 system memory is being to pick up now that higher speed and lower latency modules are available to effectively work with Intel's current processors with 1066MHz and 1333MHz front side buses. While extreme overclocking kits are already available with speeds of 1600MHz and higher, the offerings closer to the Intel bus speeds are starting to show up with better timings and becoming just a bit more reasonably priced. There is PC3-8500 rated for 1066MHz and PC3-10666 rated for 1333MHz, but what about PC3-11000?
That's right, PC3-11000, or 1375MHz DDR3. PC3-11000 memory seems to be a creation unique to Kingston, a leader in system memory and flash memory products that has been in business since 1987. What they have done reminds me a bit of Spinal Tap, as my initial thought was that they took a 1333MHz module and turned the dial beyond 10, right up to 11.
The memory in question for this review is Kingston part number KHX11000D3LLK2/2G, a dual channel kit featuring a pair of 1GB, 1375MHz modules rated at timings of 7-7-7-20 and 1.7V. The blue heatspreaders shown in the promotional image above will confirm to anyone familiar with Kingston products that this kit is from their enthusiast grade HyperX series. Before taking a closer look at the HyperX 2GB PC3-11000 DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit provided for review, let's look at the rest of the published data taken from the Kingston website...
Features and Specifications:
» Part Number: KHX11000D3LLK2/2G
» Speed: PC3-11000, 1375MHz DDR3
» Capacity: 2GB (Kit of 2 - 1GB)
» Latency Timings: 7-7-7-20
» Voltage: 1.7V
The packaging for this memory kit looks just like any other from the Kingston HyperX series, whether we're talking about DDR, DDR2, or DDR3. The modules are adequately protected in this two piece plastic box, and if you couldn't read the data on each module's label, some of the key data is repeated on the label that holds everything together.
While relatively insignificant, I appreciate not having to hack my way into the packaging to get Kingston's memory!