Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHZ Review
Bench Testing & Overclocking
Unfortunately we did not have access to our p67 / P68 platforms at the time of testing the RAM, and had to use our old reliable X58 platform. This was due to time constrains, and unforeseen events. The test system configuration is as follows:
Test Set Up
- Asus P6t6 WS Revolution Motherboard
- Intel i7 W3520 CPU
- Silverstone ST1000-P 1000w PSU
- Seagate 320GB Perpendicular Hard drive
For those of you who are letting out a hard “Booo!” for us using a X58 platform to test these modules, we hear you. We would of much rather have tested the sticks on a P67 / P68 based set up, but ish happens, and sometimes you have to make due with what you have. Still sux though. : (
We would like to note that using a dual channel kit, on a board that supports triple channel will not hamper performance all that much if any. In fact if the performance of the kit is good on a X58 based set up, performance of the sticks on a P67 / P68 platform will in most cases be equal to, or even better then the X58 platform. With that being said lets see what our test results revealed.
First off the RAM booted up on the first try, without us needing to go into the BIOS, at 1600Mhz. Very nice. The motherboard set the timings to 9-9-9-27, T1 at 1.5v. This should be welcome news to casual PC users who don’t want to mess with the BIOS settings. Just pop them in, and you are good to go. Of course more advanced users would go into the BIOS, and change settings manually if for nothing else habit.
The RAM ran smooth, and pretty fast with no problems during a number of days running the kit at its default speed. We played full games like Battlefield Bad Company 2, and Crysis 2 as well as demos like The Darkness 2, and Mass Effect 3 (Great demos btw). We also did some photo, and video editing, viewed movies, listening to music, web browsed, and ran a number of bench tests like MaxMem, HyperPI, Aida64 etc. All, and all our experience with the HyperX kit was pleasurable with no hiccups. Below are the results of the bench tests we ran.