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Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB DDR3-1600

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Posted July 11, 2010 by Jake in Memory
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Introduction

While we are gluttons for speed, we know that top performance generally comes with a stiff price tag as well. You pay for the power, plain and simple. On the flipside of that, does budget mean slow and garbage? Sometimes, but not necessarily. It may be somewhat rare to find fast computer components at a good price, but they do exist.

Today we’re looking at just such a product, the Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB DDR3-1600 memory modules. Notice the "blu" in the name; these modules are indeed the famed HyperX sticks, but more specifically they are Kingston’s new budget offering. We’ve seen some amazing results form HyperX modules in the past, but they typically command top dollar as well. The Blu modules look to change that, however, bringing the respected HyperX name in an affordable package to the masses.

The price is certainly very good at about $105 USD, one of the least expensive kits at this speed and latency on the market. But what about performance? Does budget mean cheap or slow with these modules? Well, that is exactly what we’re about to find out. The budget sticks have a couple surprises in store, not the least of which is overclocking headroom. How high can they go? Read on to find out.

Thanks go to Kingston Technology for supplying the review sample.

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.

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3 Comments


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    Atul

    I read that Kingston HyperX Blu RAM sticks are not recommended for overclocking from here – http://www.techarena.in/review/257885-kingston-hyperx-blu-4gb-1600mhz-ddr3-ram.htm. Is it true, if not, then can you tell me whether it will be safe to overclock this RAM or not? Thanks




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      Sandy Bruce

      Thanks for the question. This memory was not designed with overclocking in mind. That does not mean you can’t. In that review they did not even try to overclock it before saying they don’t recommend it so I dismiss it as merely a guess. Our reviewer proved that you can overclock it by clocking it at 2008mhz. A 26% Gain over 1600mhz. I can’t tell you want is a safe range without knowing more about your setup. Feel free to register for a Forum account and ask for assistance from all of the helpful forum members. Overclocking is our specialty. Thanks





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