Kingston HyperX T1 Series DDR2-8500 2 x 2GB Reviewajmatson - December 28, 2008
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Kingston has created a nice looking set of memory, but for the speeds, there is nothing that would make me jump for joy. At 800MHz the scores were below the other sets that we compared to when run at the same speed, timings, and latency as the HyperX. When pushed to the stock 1066MHz, the scores did start to come out a little better, but nothing to jump out of your seat for. The good thing is that when the speeds were run with the system as a whole, the Kingston HyperX did create a better harmony with the other components for a better score in PCMark Vantage - Total Score. Don't get me wrong - the differences are negligible when running your system for everyday use or gaming, as you can see by the Company of Heroes numbers, but if you are into raw power and scores, then this might be tied into your decision. When it came to overclocking, there was little headroom with the Kingston HyperX set. I was only able to max them out at 1111MHz with timings of 5-5-5-17 for a performance increase, when I was able to push the OCZ Reaper with the same stock speeds to 1120MHz. Also depending on where you purchase these modules, you could end up paying a pretty penny. The range in pricing from etailers means that you can pick up this 4 gigabyte set for as low as $65, with the majority of stores selling at a $100+ price point.
The T1 Heatspreader did do its job, keeping the modules frosty during operation. Even while overclocked, I was able to touch the heatspreaders and they were fairly cool to the touch - a lot cooler than the Corsair XMS2 DHX were when tested. If you can find this set for at the $60 price point for the 4GB, they would offer a great value especially for a gaming build or workstation. While the Kinston HyperX T1 modules are not the fastest in our test suite, they do provide results that are competitive. The unique heatspreaders that do their job at a high 2.3 volts coupled with the price point, makes these modules an option for the cost conscious buyer looking for higher speed binned memory.
- T1 Series heatspreaders
- Fast stock speeds
- Enhanced latencies
- Runs cool to the touch
- Could be pricey depending on where you purchase
- Marginal performance
- Low overclocking headroom