Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz Review

ccokeman - 2013-06-07 16:48:01 in Memory
Category: Memory
Reviewed by: ccokeman   
Reviewed on: September 29, 2013
Price: $214

Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz Introduction:

Kingston has been making DRAM modules for computer systems for quite a while. The HyperX lineup is one many of us are familiar with and is one of the first sets of memory that were designed for the enthusiast 10 years ago. That brings us to the fact that the set of memory I am looking at is here to celebrate that 10 year anniversary with a limited edition set of modules. These 10th Anniversary HyperX kits are available in capacities ranging from 4GB to 32GB and speed bins from 1600MHz to 2400MHz to reach the widest user base. Equipped with a low profile stylish silver heat sink using chrome accents, this set of modules is good looking right out of the gate.

As memory controllers have gotten better on processors, the speeds at which they can run the installed system memory are creeping higher and higher, with some kits currently available in the 3100MHz range. Since pricing normally follows the speed bin, these modules will break the bank at $1000 for a 2 x 4GB kit. However, 2400MHz rated kits are quite a bit more wallet friendly! Kingston's latest HyperX kit is a good looking bit of hardware that comes with a lifetime warranty. Let's see what it takes to void it!

 

Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz Closer Look:

The packaging for this 10th Anniversary HyperX Kit from Kingston comes in what looks like a retail box for Kingston's standard value memory. The clue that something is different is first the part number, then the fact you see the silver heat sinks on the modules. The top of the shell pops off once you cut the factory seals on the package to show off the low profile modules. A warranty/installation guide is included with details on the lifetime warranty that Kingston covers these modules with just in case they fail during use. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Kingston HyperX set of modules, part number KHX24C11X3K4/16X, is a 16 gigabyte kit consisting of four 4GB modules rated to run at 2400MHz using 1.65v. Timings on this kit are 11-13-13-30, yet it comes with a pair of XMP profiles, one for 2133MHz and one at the rated speed of 2400MHz running 11-14-14-30. Both specify operation at 1.65v. As a special edition kit, Kingston has colored these modules silver with some raised accents that shout out that these modules are to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the HyperX line up. The front side carries the Kingston logo on one side with the warranty and information tag on the right. The back side shows the HyperX logo on the left and the 10th Anniversary logo on the right over a silver background in place of the blue or black we have traditionally seen on the HyperX line. The heat sink is a low profile design that ensures you get the maximum amount of compatibility with cooling solutions, both air and liquid cooled. Something a T1 equipped set of modules could not boast.

 

 

 

Surprisingly these modules are quite good looking with the silver base and chrome accent that sets off the branding. Looks are one thing and performance is another. Let's see what Kingston's latest is going to deliver when compared to its contemporaries.

Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz Specifications & Features:



 

All information courtesy of Kingston Technology @ http://www.kingston.com/us/memory/hyperx/genesis/10year

Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz Testing:

Memory is often hard to separate from one kit to another in gaming, but when it comes to number crunching and computing, some memory provides an extra boost in comparison. To see just what kind of performance this kit has to offer, I will be running the modules through a series of benches to see just how they compare. There will be 8GB and 16GB kits ranging in speed from 2133MHz - 2400MHz, tested at native speeds as well as overclocked. Overclocking of course will be dependent on exactly how far the testing rig will allow, but I'll push it as far as I can. The testing setup used for these benchmarks is listed below, where Turbo Boost has been disabled to eliminate uncontrolled clock changes that may skew the results. The CPU will be run with default Boost clock speed of 3.9GHz for baseline testing and bumped up to 4.2 GHz for OC testing, or as close as possible to that speed. All current updates and patches are installed for Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and the latest driver for the NVIDIA GTX 770 will be used.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Modules:

 

CPU-Z: This application visually shows 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.

CPU-Z

 

Task Manager: We use this utility to show physical memory, kernel memory, page file, and processor usage.

Task Manager

 

Overclocking:

Overclocking on Intel Haswell processors is quite a bit different from what we are used to in the last few generations, where the CPU clock speeds did not influence the clock speed the memory controller could handle. Entry to Haswell memory overclocking 101 shows that while the CPU may handle a nice overclock of up 4.7GHz to 5.0GHz on really impressive examples, the memory may not scale up past 1866MHz or 2133MHz at those CPU clock speeds, even though the memory modules are rated much higher. What I found on both of my CPUs was that anything greater than around 4250MHz on the CPU would not run the memory at 2600MHz or higher. That being said, keeping the CPU as close to 4200MHz was imperative if I wanted to push these HyperX modules from Kingston.

During my testing I found that while the kit ran flawlessly at its rated speed of 2400MHz, they just did not offer a whole lot of headroom above that, even when pushing 1.75v+ through them. Seeing how running a 125MHz or 166MHz strap is a bit easier on the memory controller, I swapped to the 125MHz divider and started upping the frequency up a little at a time until reaching the maximum clock speed on the HyperX modules. I left the memory sub timings alone and controlled by the board, adjusted the primary timings to 12-13-13-33, adjusted the DRAM voltage to 1.70v, started up again, and finally reached 1260.2MHz or just over 2520MHz for a 120MHz gain in clock speed. That represents about a 5% gain from just testing and tweaking. What I found was that the Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary modules performed well even with the boosted clock speed. The low profile heat sink makes sure there are no restrictions to the CPU cooling solution used.

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Maximum Memory Speed:

The maximum memory speed for each set of overclocked modules is indicative of how well the modules ran on this test system. As such, your results may differ in either a positive or negative way based on the capabilities of your hardware. In other words, your mileage may vary!

 

The benchmarks used in this review include the following:

Benchmarks:

Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz Testing:

PCMark 8: With this benchmark, I will be running the Home and Creative suites. The measurement for the both test suites will be the total score.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

Geekbench 2.1 provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.

   

   

   

 

Hyper Pi is a multi threaded program designed to calculate Pi up to the 32nd millionth digit after the decimal and is used as both a benchmarking utility and simple stress test to check your overclock before moving forward with more rigorous testing. The world records for this benchmark utility are hotly contested.

   

 

For the most part in these tests the Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary modules are at the upper end of the performance spectrum, with a good many tests that it is at the top of the field.

Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz Testing:

SiSoftware Sandra 2013: In this program, I will be running the following benchmarks: Memory Bandwidth and Transactional Memory Throughput. Higher score are better in the Bandwidth test while lower scores are better in the transactional memory test.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

   

 

X.264 Benchmark: This benchmark is used to measure the time it takes to encode a 1080p video file into the x.264 format. The default benchmark is used with an average of all four tests on each pass taken as the result.

  

  

 

AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a software utility designed to be used for hardware diagnosis and benchmarking. I will be using the Cache and Memory benchmark to test each module’s read, write, and copy bandwidth, as well as the latency test.

  

  

  

  

 

Loosening up the sub timings to stabilize the overclock had an adverse effect on performance in the synthetic testing, but in the real world test the Kingston kit performed admirably.

Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz Testing:

Part first-person shooter, part survival horror, Metro: Last Light is the follow-up to the extremely popular game Metro 2033. Developed by 4A games and published by Deep Silver, this game uses the 4A game engine. In this game set a year after the missile strike on the Dark Ones, you continue on as Artyom as he digs deeper into the bowels of the Metro.

 

 

Settings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Higher = Better

 

So far each set of memory I have tested in this game with high settings have yielded almost identical results. The variance from highest to lowest FPS falls within a 1 FPS envelope in all four tests.

Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz Conclusion:

Over the years I have owned and tested more than a few versions of Kingston's HyperX lineup. Each of them performed well from a standpoint of delivering what was expected from them and a little bit more. I find that the 10th Anniversary Edition modules delivered great performance at the stock frequency using the well managed XMP settings. In most of the tests run it was in the top half or better of the comparison field, which included modules rated at higher speed bins.

Overclocking did not yield a ton of headroom, but at 2400MHz you are at the upper end of what most memory controllers are going to run day in day out without hitting the memory controller voltage a little harder than you want to. I was able to push the HyperX 10th Anniversary modules up to 2520MHz, but needed to relax the timings a bit to improve stability. Even so at 2400 to 2500MHz you can get a lot of performance from these modules.

As a low profile design you are going see higher temperatures when overclocking if you use a liquid cooled solution or even a stock heat sink. Aftermarket down draft or tower-style heat sinks should have no problem providing enough airflow to keep these modules cool. That brings up compatibility with large heat sinks, something most performance modules have concerns with when running four modules. Even with all four DIMM sockets populated you won't run into clearance concerns due to the low profile design of this set of Kingston's HyperX modules.

What you get in the end is a set of modules with a high speed bin that can deliver the performance you need for a price. Priced around $214, this kit does not come cheap and is priced in the middle of the comparable kits on Newegg. As has been seen in the past, the higher the speed bin the higher the price needle rises. The look of these modules is sure to add some bling to any system with the silver coloring with chrome accents used to highlight the HyperX logo. Equipped with a lifetime warranty, XMP profile, and great looks, Kingston has a winner with its 10th Anniversary Edition kit.

 

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