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Kingston 8GB HyperX Predator Memory Kit – KHX26C11T2K2/8X

Posted October 22, 2013 by Kenny in RAM







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Price at time of Review: $209.99 on Amazon


Ease of Overclocking, Great Speeds & Latency, Aesthetically Pleasing


Tall heat-spreader can pose some problems with large CPU Coolers. Pretty expensive.
If you're looking for the best, Kingston delivers here with their HyperX Predators.
by Kenny
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Over the last decade or so we have seen a speedy advancement in memory. Not too long ago we were talking about the DDR1 era with speeds of 400MHz as the bragging rights. Then we take a few steps forward and DDR2 came along, followed by DDR3 not too long after, as things continued to evolve. DDR3 has been one of the longest running memory platforms, going on 5 years now. Until the next big advancement in memory bandwidth comes along, we will simply continue to see incremental tweaks in the evolution of DDR3. That’s what we have today.

With each growing chipset we are seeing new advancements with Intel’s IMC (internal memory controller). Today we are taking a look at a new memory set which will bring a new level of speed with Haswell. We have on our test bench today a set of Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3 2666MHz memory. This set, is specifically made to work with our Haswell IMC, and could push new limits for all us speed demons. Let’s put it to the test and find out!


Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about Kingston:

“Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2007, the company’s sales exceeded $4.5 billion. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,500 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the Best Companies to Work for in America by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success.”

Let’s move forward and take a look at the package.



One Comment


    These sticks perform almost exactly the same as my KHX Beast 2400 kit – I get the same read, write, and copy speeds in AIDA64, and the same latency, at the same speed, voltage, timings, and CPU overclock. This 2666 kit performs much worse above 2400, except for a minor (2 ns) decrease in latency, so running it above 2400 is counter-productive. This kit is on NE for $172 right now, and the Beast 2400 kit is $110 (I paid $65 for mine 8 months ago). The only conceivable reason to pay that much is for bragging rights, just to be able to say “I have 2666 MHz RAM, how slow did you say yours is?”

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