Kingston HyperX blu KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX ReviewRJR - July 29, 2010
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Kingston Technology has recently introduced a new line of HyperX memory modules called HyperX blu. The HyperX blu memory is focused on the "entry level" gaming and PC enthusiast sector, as stated by Kingston. This particular set, KHX1600C9D3B1K2, is also optimized for use with Intel XMP, making the job of setting the rated frequency and timings very easy with just a single BIOS entry. This is a 4 GB dual channel kit with a rated frequency/timings of 1600 MHz @ 9-9-9-27 @ 1.65v and carries a lifetime warranty. This new HyperX blu line is very reasonably priced, but since it still carries the HyperX moniker, we will see if it can live up to the HyperX branding.
The packaging is just your standard memory module blister pack, so nothing exciting here. It does include a small pamphlet with warranty and installation information. The memory has a lifetime warranty and the installation guide has simple illustrated instructions to make it rather easy if you have never installed memory before.
This memory, KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX, is rated to run at 1600 MHz with a timing of 9-9-9-27 @ 1.65v, so, rather conservative for today's DDR3 memory offerings. The memory has a low profile aluminum heat spreader with a slightly raised border that includes the DDR3 branding. This can come in very handy if you are using a larger CPU heat sink and need the low profile for clearance reasons.
Let's take a look at how this memory performs, and whether it lives up to the HyperX name, albeit with budget pricing.