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Kingston HyperX 2GB PC3-11000 DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: Kingston
Source: Kingston
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Kingston HyperX 2GB PC3-11000 DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit
October 12, 2007

The Basics:

The images below provide an overview of the two 1GB modules included in the kit. The front side of both modules are shown in the below left image, where the distinctively blue HyperX heatspreader features a DDR3 tag, the company's logo, and a sticker that lists some of the features, specifications, and manufacturing data. The below right image shows the front of one module and the back of the other module, which features the HyperX logo in the middle of the heatspreader.

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The DDR3 tag might come in handy for people not overly familiar with this rather new memory standard, because as I said, from a distance this kit looks like any other HyperX DDR, DDR2, or DDR3 kit. Even if you get it narrowed down to being either DDR2 or DDR3, there could be some confusion as both offer 240 pins and are only differentiated by the location of the notch found among the pins. Don't try to force DDR3 into any other memory slot, as the results will just be ugly!


The next image provides a close up of one of the stickers mentioned above. There is a mix of data on there, most of which doesn't seem to be of much interest to an end user. There is the manufacturer's part number, reference to the voltage of 1.7V, and a warning that the warranty will be voided if the heatspreader is removed. Speaking of the warranty, Kingston offers a lifetime warranty on this kit, and the specific details of their coverage is available on this page.

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While the next image may not live up to its intentions, it is supposed to show that the heatspreader isn't making very good contact with all chips present. The module features chips on both sides, and if you look at the under side on the far left you will see light between the thermal tape and the last module. This is the basic scenario in all corners, meaning that at least four chips on every module after left to fend for themselves when it comes to cooling. Squeezing the heatspreader together helps briefly, but it isn't an effective, permanent solution. Let's just hope that the lower voltage requirements of DDR3 results in less heat, and that the heatspreader really is for show and not required to ensure performance.

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