Kingston HyperX 3GB DDR3-2000
The packaging of these modules is rather plain; a simple clear plastic case that houses the modules. They are contained in the typical Kingston packaging that features a clamshell design with a large bold sticker on the front that identifies the important information. We see the model number, memory size, timings, speed, and that they are assembled in the U.S.A. Once the sticker is sliced along the edges, you can just lift off the cover; you don’t need to worry about destroying the entire packaging just to get at the sticks.
The design and presentation of these HyperX modules are absolutely gorgeous, coloured in a striking medium royal blue and accented with chrome detailing that sports a fine machined look. Kingston has done an excellent job of capturing a very refined and modern look while conveying just a hint of being edgy. The colour scheme would perfectly complement Gigabyte X58 or ASUS Rampage II Extreme motherboards.
There are no tall heatspreaders with the HyperX modules here, so no worries about clearance issues with your CPU heatsink. The need for massive heatspreaders is historically well documented for those who overclock their RAM very heavily, as a great deal of heat can be produced. However, as we’ve seen with the new DDR3 tri-channel modules running at a frugal 1.5 volts, and limited to only 1.65V maximum as already explained, not much heat will be produced anyways. Certainly not like the "old" days when you had 2.4 volts coursing through some DDR2 sticks that were insanely overclocked to 1200MHz and were actually quite hot to the touch. No, the heat produced by these tri-channel modules won’t be very much at all, but we’ll check during testing just to make sure.
Let’s get down to business and see what these sticks can do.