Kingston HyperX T1 Series DDR2-8500 2 x 2GB Reviewajmatson - December 28, 2008
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I am all about raw speed and with the ability to keep the memory modules cooler during operation, I just cannot wait to see how the overclocking and stock tests run. I will be running a series of benchmarks to test the memory itself and how it interacts with the system as a whole. Then I am going to compare it to other memory on the market, that currently offer their own cooling solutions to see how these perform. The tests will be run at 800MHz to show how each set performs at a standard speed. Then I will run the HyperX at their rated 1066MHz and finally overclocked, to see how hard we can push this set of memory. All components will be run at their stock speeds, timings, and voltages to prevent any outside interference from affecting the scores and accurately represent the tests.
- Processor: Intel Core2 Quad Q9450
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6
- Memory: Kingston HyperX T1 DDR2-8500 2x2GB 5-5-5-15 2.2 volts
- Video Card: PowerColor HD4850
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800w Modular Power Supply
- Hard Drive: Seagate 750GB SATA
- Optical Drive: LG DVD-RW
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate
- Comparison Module #1: Corsair XMS2 DHX 2x2GB
- Comparison Module #2: OCZ Reaper HPC 2 x 2GB
- Comparison Module #3: Mushkin XP2 8000 Redline 2 x 2GB
CPU-Z: This application shows us the settings that we have chosen in the BIOS. Items shown in this application include CPU speed and bus settings, motherboard manufacturer, BIOS revisions, memory timings and SPD chip information.
Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file, and processor usage.
- Processor: Intel Q9450 333 x 8 1.375 volts
- Memory: Kingston HyperX T1 DDR2-8500 2x2GB 1111MHz 5-5-5-17 2.3 volts
Overclocking the Kingston HyperX or any memory for that fact, takes time and patience. Since they are 1066MHz at 5-5-5-15, I started using the straps on the Gigabyte X48 board to manipulate the memory. I knew from past experience with DDR2-8500 memory I should be able to reach at least 1100MHz, so I found a strap that was at 1111MHz and started there with the timings still at 5-5-5-15. I was only able to get halfway through Memtest86+ with this setup, so I loosened the timings from 5-5-5-15 to 5-5-5-16 and still no joy. However, at 5-5-5-17 they were good and passed Memtest with no errors at all. I then tried to push the CPU speed to increase my memory speeds via the strapping but at 5-5-5-17 I was getting errors again. I did place the timings higher to 5-5-5-18 with the memory at 1123MHz but the benchmark scores were lower than at 1111MHz with timings of 5-5-5-17, so that is where I ran the overclocks, since the performance was better.
The benchmarks used in this review include the following:
- CPU-Z Version 1.47
- Windows Task Manager
- PCMark Vantage
- SiSoft Sandra XII
- Company of Heroes