Kingston HyperX T1 Series DDR2-8500 2 x 2GB Reviewajmatson - December 28, 2008
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With the majority of motherboards these days natively supporting 1066MHz, why should we stick to the older 800MHz JEDEC speeds and fulfill the potential of our systems with faster components? With these speeds however, does come the issue of heat. The more we push our memory, the more heat is generated that floods our system. In the past memory was overlooked in the cooling department containing at the most, small heatspreaders. These days we need better cooling for the overclocked speeds that are reached and Kingston's answer to this problem is called HTX. HTX stands for HyperX Thermal Xchange and is designed to keep the memory modules cooler during overclocking for faster and more stable speeds. With the amount that enthusiasts push their hardware, this is a welcome addition to the HyperX memory line.
The HyperX T1 Series comes in both DDR2 and DDR3 flavors and also in Dual Channel and Triple Channel editions for better flexibility depending on the motherboard chipset you might have. Today we are going to be looking at the (KHX8500D2T1K2/4G) DDR2-8500 set which has two 2GB modules for a total 4GB Dual Channel set. This set natively runs at 1066MHz with enhanced timings of 5-5-5-15 at 2.2 to 2.3 volts. These modules are part of the HyperX T1 line with the enhanced heatspreaders for maximum cooling. The memory SPD is programmed for DDR2-800 with timings of 5-5-5-18 at 1.8v, so you will have to do some manual tuning to achieve the rated 1066MHz speeds with these modules.
The Kingston HyperX modules came to us in a well protected box sandwiched between two foam layers. They were placed in an anti static bag to prevent damage to the sensitive parts. Since these are review samples, this is not the normal packaging you might see when purchasing retail. However, Kingston did take great precautions protecting them in transit to us.
Once you get the modules out of the package, you can see the new T1 heatspreaders that Kingston has placed on the T1 Series HyperX modules. These new heatspreaders use a technology called HTX or HyperX Thermal Xchange to aid in diffusing the heat generated when overclocking, for a more stable system. The heatspreaders are made from aluminum with fins that extend off of the main towers, which help the warm air dissipate quicker over more surface area. Each module reaches a whopping 61mm from the contacts to the top of the T1 heatspreader.
Now that the modules are out of the package, how about we put them to the test?