In terms of performance, the HyperX DDR3 2400MHz 10th Anniversary Edition performs exactly where it’s should be for the 2400MHz modules. It’s great performance but it won’t shatter any world records here. The big disappointment for overclockers and enthusiasts is there was no head room for overclocking these modules much. We had to pump up the DRAM voltage to 1.69v and 1.10v for the IMC to keep just a 3% (76MHz) overclock stable.
In fact, the performance results are nearly identical to the the HyperX Genesis DDR3 2400MHz which we’ve reviewed here. As it turns out, this shouldn’t be surprising and has a very logical explanation. We did some digging and found out the DDR3 2400MHz 10th Anniversary Edition actually is the Genesis DDR3 2400MHz (KHX24C11K4/16X). The only difference between them is the heat spreaders. Everything else is identical under the hood, as you can see from the specifications comparison below.
Kingston celebrates Genesis’s Anniversary by transforming its appearance with the newly re-designed heat spreaders. As a special edition, we expected more. We were hoping for more overclocking head room. It looks like the Genesis family is targeting the mass market rather than aiming at the enthusiasts and overclockers.
Regardless, we must reiterate our appreciation for the aesthetics of these modules. The sleek and sexy elegance of the silver and chrome accent really compliments any black and grey motherboards (as we illustrated below). Physically, the modules are considerable low in height, therefore there shouldn’t be any issues pairing these modules with oversized CPU coolers.
The HyperX 16GB DDR3 2400MHz 10th Anniversary Edition kit (KHX24C11X3K4/16X) is not only sexy looking but also priced well too. They are a bit lacking in availability at the moment. These modules don’t come in high density 8GB modules, so if you have a four memory DIMM slot motherboard and want to upgrade to a 32GB kit, then you will have to look at other brands or another of HyperX’s lineup. Also, the 16GB DDR3 2400MHz kit is only available from a short list of online e-tailers. It is priced from $152 – $170 and backed by Kingston’s usual lifetime warranty.
The bottom line is Kingston HyperX 16GB DDR3 2400MHz 10th Anniversary Edition is a great performer. It is also attractive and happens to be oversized air-cooler friendly, easily garnering our PureOC’s Great Hardware award.