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Kingston HyperX blu KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX Review

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This Kingston HyperX blu memory turned out to be a little bit surprising for an entry-level offering. You can easily keep it at the JEDEC standard of 1333 MHz and tighten the timings to 6-7-6-20 @ 1.5v for a very efficient and lower voltage set of memory, or set it by the XMP profile to run at the rated 1600 MHz speed and timings. You could also tighten the timings at its rated speed, to 7-8-7-27, for an even more efficient stock speed setting. Overclocking the memory brings all new possibilities to this set of memory with a plethora of speed and timing options that just makes it really fun to mess with. Most RAM sets in this price range get rather picky, rather quickly, about what values you can set in the BIOS before it doesn't like what you set, so this was rather fun RAM to deal with.

The low profile heat spreaders on this RAM, while not looking cool like the performance RAM offerings, does come in handy when space is at a premium, like under a larger CPU heat sink. Under the Mega Shadow I have installed on the Gigabyte P55UD4P motherboard, this RAM was easily installed and removed from under the horizontally mounted heat sink.



  • Price
  • Very good performance
  • Low profile
  • Lots of setting options



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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  4. Testing: PCMark Vantage, Si Soft Sandra 2010
  5. Testing: Geekbench 2.1, Super PI 1.5
  6. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
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