P67 Memory Kit Roundup Reviewccokeman - March 29, 2011
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Kingston's offering in this roundup is their latest set of modules designed for the P67 platform - the HyperX Genesis Special Edition Grey series. These modules come in the standard Kingston blister pack with the tamper proof wrapper. From the front view the modules are visible through the clear shell showing the unique look of the Genesis heat spreader. On the wrapper is the part number, kit contents, bar code and the symbol imploring you not to just throw the modules away when and if you are done with them. The retail packaging has nothing of value on the back side of it.
Once free of the confines of the sales vehicle, the modules can be seen more clearly. The Grey series HyperX modules are designed to work with the latest Intel P67 platform. These modules are part number KHX2133C0AD3X2K2/4GX. Using Kingston's DDR3 decoder shows that these modules are a 4GB kit using 2 x 2GB modules rated to run at 2133MHz with a CAS latency of 9. This operating level is achieved using 1.65v and latencies of 9-11-9-27. This set of modules includes and X.M.P profile for easy BIOS setup.
The Grey series modules use a new heat sink design called Genesis from Kingston that is similar to the standard HyperX heat sink in many ways. The low profile design makes populating all of the dimm sockets possible using these modules in a system with a large air cooled heat sink for the CPU. That alone is a standout plus for these modules. The heat shield differs from the regular BLU design with the series of holes across the to edge of the heat sink for air to flow through adding a way for the heat under the heat sink to escape, effectively improving the past design.
The new Genesis design heat sink looks like it should offer more cooling allowing for either higher clock or tighter timings.