To sum things up, let’s first move back to the aesthetics of the Kingston HyperX Predator Memory. The blue and black has been a tradition of Kingston for the HyperX Series over the last few years, and they are still appreciated after all this time. The tall heatsinks are rather attractive; however, for those who are running large heatsinks for CPU cooling, we can see some problems with fitment because of the tall heat spreaders. For those who are running watercooling units, whether it be custom cooling or the popular AIO (all in one) water cooling units, we don’t foresee any problems.
In terms of performance, let’s first touch on the overclocking a little bit. In the past, memory overclocking can be a challenge. With the recent updates in CPU processing, and also recent modern motherboards, we are seeing memory overclocking becoming much easier. With our Haswell 4770K and MSI Z87 MPower motherboard, we found that gaining the speeds of 2400MHz was quite easy… In fact, we let the motherboard and memory do most of the work for itself. Gaining the higher frequency does require a little more work, but it wasn’t much harder. Playing around with the CPU overclocking and memory timings and voltages did the trick for our needs. Being able to hit 2815MHz and fully stable wasn’t as hard as we thought it would be. While cooling the CPU and Memory will be a concern, it wasn’t a far reach.
For the benchmarks, we found that the Kingston HyperX Predator memory had a sweet spot. The 2400MHz frequency seems to be where it performed at its best in terms of speed testing. Once we move higher with the frequency, the timings tend to loosen up which will drop some performance levels. However, latency was slightly better with the higher frequencies, so depending on your needs, “choose your poison” would be the phrase that fits.
This set can be found on Amazon for $209.99. This is priced a little on the high side; however, due to its speed rating, we aren’t surprised. This is a “premium” memory kit after-all. Despite the high price, with the great performance, ease of overclocking, and solid reliability of the Kingston brand, we still don’t hesitate to give this our Editors Choice Award!
Kingston 8GB HyperX Predator Memory Kit – KHX26C11T2K2/8X – Editor’s Choice Award