Kingston HyperX Predator – 8GB Kit (2x4GB) – DDR3 2666MHz CL11 DIMM
WHAT WE LIKED:Top shelf performance and overclocking to 2738MHz.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Tall heat spreaders may pose a problem with large air coolers.
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Memory has taken a giant leap in frequencies in the last year. Intel has upped the ante with IvyBridge’s reworked IMC (Internal Memory Controller) and we have seen a few companies produce memory modules with some off the chart frequencies and performance. Kingston happens to be one of them, and we saw a glimpse of things last month with their 2800MHz HyperX we tested. Well Kingston has engineered a new series called the Predators, and as we saw today, they default out of the box to 2666MHz.
These Predator memory modules definitely live up to their name in performance. Our testing in read/write/copy and lantencies were the highest we have seen to date in all of our benchies and they overclock to 2772MHz which is some serious horsepower! There is nothing negative to say about these Predators, they are a superior product. The only pebble we can kick is the blue coloring. Blue seems to be on the way out in the fashion world of PC hardware. Gigabyte, ASRock, Biostar and ESC all have some version of black in their high end products. Also, the Asus Republic of Gamer motherboards use black and red, as does ASRock’s Fatal1ty series. The only Z77 product using blue is Sapphire, MSI and Asus’ P8 series. We could see Sapphire and MSI bucking their blue aesthetics and moving to the black mono look to keep up with the industry. We don’t want to look like some picky interior designer, but many enthusiasts now model their hardware around their motherboard. We would hate to see the Predators lose out because of aesthetics, especially considering they are one of the best. We would love to see them available in both blue and red in the near future.
Regardless, the bottom line on the Predators is that they are simply outstanding performers. A price of $188 for 8G may seem a bit steep, but top shelf products always have a premium price. If you’re looking for the best in memory, the Kingston 2666MHz Predator 8G kit should be on your short list, earning Pure Overclock’s Editor’s Choice Award.