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Kingston HyperX Predator KHX28C12T2K2/8X Review

ccokeman    -   May 8, 2014
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Kingston HyperX Predator 2800MHz Conclusion:

Kingston's HyperX Predator modules come with a ton of potential out of the box, including the signature blue coloring so often associated with the HyperX brand – or at least a brand within a brand as it seems. The tall Predator heat sinks are good looking and fully functional even when pushing 1.8v+ through the DIMMs. Yes I beat on them and can attest to that fact. All that is needed to keep them cool is a good steady stream of airflow through the chassis or into the CPU heat sink. At over two inches tall you may or may not run into clearance issues with your heat sink of choice. Thankfully, CPU heat sinks are currently available to minimize the impact of tall memory modules close to the DIMM slots on Z77 and Z87 based motherboards. If one of those solutions don't meet your needs there is always the AIO liquid cooling market to fill the cooling needs. Using that route, there are no clearance concerns to worry about.

These modules are most certainly using Hynix MFR series ICs in a single-sided configuration. With this configuration, you get the ability to run high clock speeds with loose primary timings to get you there. With this set, I was able to hit 3024MHz stable enough to run through the benchmark suite and some quick Prime 95 testing. By using the 125MHz strap and tweaking the timings along with the voltage on the DIMMs and memory controller, surpassing 3000MHz came pretty easily. Getting further really needs some in-depth tweaking of the voltages and timings. Unfortunately, performance starts suffering even more so than with the timings setup on the 2800MHz XMP profile. A secondary profile is available that sets the DIMMs at 2666MHz with tighter primary timings using the same 1.65v applied voltage.

Performance-wise, Hynix MFR-equipped modules are not going to light up the performance metrics with a stunning positive performance over modules running lower speeds and tighter timings. However, when you look at real world tests, can you feel that small performance differential? Most likely not. Looking at the PCMark 8 testing at stock speeds, the results are fairly close between the 2800MHz HyperX Predator and the 1600MHz modules running a CAS latency of 7. That brings us to a point where you have to make the choice on price vs performance, as well as deciding if your memory will be purely for overclocking fun with a return to lower speeds and tighter timings. At $229, these Kingston HyperX Predator series modules are competitively priced by comparison to other 2800MHz modules. After looking at the performance out of the box, you might be better served with a 16GB 2133MHz kit for $80 less if you won't be doing any extreme overclocking. If extreme overclocking is where your heart lies, I am sure there is more left in these modules than the 3025MHz I was able to complete the benchmarks with. There are better options for the average user, but for those who test the limits of their hardware and want to spend the time tuning and using many of the presets available in today's UEFI BIOS implementations, this set is right in your wheel-house.

 

Pros:

  • Great looks
  • Cooling 
  • Overclocking
  • Lifetime warranty

 

Cons:

  • May interfere with air cooling
  • Overclocked performance
  • Price vs. performance
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  1. Kingston HyperX Predator 2800MHz: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Kingston HyperX Predator 2800MHz: Specifications & Features
  3. Kingston HyperX Predator 2800MHz Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Kingston HyperX Predator 2800MHz Testing: PCMark 8, Geekbench, Hyper Pi
  5. Kingston HyperX Predator 2800MHz Testing: Sandra 2013, X.264, AIDA64
  6. Kingston HyperX Predator 2800MHz Testing: Metro: Last Light
  7. Kingston HyperX Predator 2800MHz: Conclusion
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