Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600MHZ Review
Bench Testing & Overclocking Continued
Now that we established that the RAM works pretty well at its settings, its time to see how far we can push the kit. Muahahahahahaha! (cough)
Unfortunately our evil laugh was quelled a bit as we discovered the highest overclocked speed we could achieve on our test bed was 1925Mhz at 10-10-10-27, T2 at 1.65v. Not bad, but we have seen similar modules in the past that could achieve higher speeds with tighter timings at T1, and lower DRAM voltages on our test systems.
QPI was boosted up to 1.65v, but still overclock could not go past the speed of 1925Mhz. Please keep in mind that since our platform is a X58, our chip’s IMC could be holding us back. It is very possible that the modules could OC better on a P67 platform with a chip with a better IMC. However we find that if a kit is able to overclock well on our X58 system, it usual will do the same, or better on a P67 / P68 board. With that said we don’t see this kit breaking any overclocking records regardless of what platform it is on.
The Kingston HyperX DDR3 1600Mhz Dual Channel 8GB kit is a very good kit in our opinion. The modules run at their listed speeds without needing to go into your BIOS, the heat spreaders are low profile, and the sticks run pretty fast, and very stable at stock speeds. Lastly the kit can be found at sites like Newegg.com for less then $50 USD. At that price its almost a no brainier.
The downside however is that this kit doesn’t seem to hold the overclocking potential its older brother did, but this may not be a bad thing. Our theory is that Kingston wasn’t trying to make little bro, outshine big bro in the overclocking department, but instead intended the kit to be used primarily as an upgradeable memory option for people who don’t want to fiddle around in their BIOS, and just want something that will run at their rated speed straight out the box. If that is the case then the kit not being a high overclocker is not a big deal. Even if someone gets the overclocking itch down the line, the RAM does offers a pretty decent overclock headroom for novices. For moderate to hardcore RAM overclockers, not so much. Again our theory is based on running the kit on a X58 platform.
Usually at this point of our reviews we would give out an award if said product deserves it, but today we are going to go a different route.
Due to the fact that we were unable to test the kit, in the time allotted, on any of our P67/P68 set ups, we are going to place a “to be continued” tag on this review instead of giving it an award (if applicable) for now. Reason being is that we here at TechReaction like to give you the full picture on the products we review, not just half the story. That being said we will be re-testing the RAM on a P67 / P68 platform hopefully within the coming weeks, and give you our complete take on the kit. Stayed tuned for part 2 of our review.