OCC 2013 Products of the YearBosco , ccokeman , Wesstron - December 30, 2013
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OCC 2013 PC Memory of the Year:
This kit was released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Kingston Memeory HyperX lineup designed for enthusiasts. It ended up being a double celebration, since the Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz kit performed great and showed performance that was superior to modules rated at higher speed bins. The modules look the part with the silver color theme and chrome accents, all emblazoned with the the HyperX logo. Being a low profile design, this kit offers a better clearance and a wider compatibility with CPU coolers than most performance modules equipped with taller heatsinks. The only drawback to the cooling solution is that low profile designs will induce higher temps, but overall it was not a problem during testing.
The Kingston 10th Anniversary HyperX 16GB 2400MHz is priced at the $200 range, is XMP profile ready, comes with a lifetime warranty, looks stunning, and has great performance.
This CAS 7 1600MHz 2x8GB memory kit from G.SKILL looks great and performs just as good. The unique looking TridentX heat sink is very efficient at cooling the modules with minimal air flow, even when pushed at 1.65v. The red top part of the heat sink is removable to allow for an alternative cooling solution, such as an LN2 pot. The G.Skill TridentX F3-1600C7D-16GTX kit performed decent during testing and was able to reach an 18% overclock over stock. It’s not the fastest kit out there, but it will deliver great performance coupled with great looks for a $169 price tag.
This memory kit from Patriot literally took a beating during the testing performed during our review and still performed great, and lived to its name and lineage. When running at the stock 2400MHz 10-12-12-30 1.65v speed, it delivered comparable – if not better – performance to other 2400MHz rated memory kits. The Patriot Viper 3 Series Black Mamba PC3-19200 16GB achieved a 2800MHz overclock at 1.8v, although at the price of looser timings and some severe tweaking on the bclock and cache ratio side, which ended up hurting the performance return. These modules are 100% hand tested, come with a lifetime warranty, have efficient heat sinks, are XMP profile ready, and priced in the $200 range.