Kingston HyperX Red 8GB DDR3-1600
Kingston has been in the memory business since 1987 and they have one of the finest reputations in the business in an area with considerable competition. The Hyper X branding is also not new but Kingston has taken the HyperX Limited Edition red series to the next level in looks and performance. Previous versions were blue or gray and the new red scheme works best with today’s monochromatic motherboards as seen on the ASRock 990FX Fatal1ty professional. These sleek modules would certainly look good on any motherboard including ASUS’ ROG products which sport red and black schemes.
Memory has taken a change with DDR3 over the years as voltages approaching and/or exceeding 2 volts with DDR2 have gone by the wayside. Today, memory can be overclocked with as little as 1.6V and just like high voltages; large heat spreaders are disappearing in the industry. The profile of the Hyper X Limited Edition provides an excellent solution to today’s behemoth heatsinks. Modules like Corsair Dominator simply do not work in the first DIMM slot, causing chaos on installation. Conversely, these HyperX Red modules will fit with aftermarket heatsink.
Though mileage may vary, there are trends among manufacturers and specific products, and we’ve seen many Kingston memory modules run extremely fast and push some very high overclocks. However, the fact that these 1600MHz HyperX Red modules could push over 2000MHz is excellent.
We were able to tighten the timings a bit under manufacturer specs at 1600MHz and the final overclock on the modules at 26% which is outstanding. The performance increases on the Bulldozer platform scaled decent but in a few benchmarks, tighter timings ruled but that is not the fault of the HyperX modules. AMD mentioned this upon Bulldozer’s launch and certainly is not the Hyper X Limited Edition’s doing; rather, it’s the architecture of the platform.
With a retail price of around $70, the Kingston HyperX Red Series 1600MHz modules sport an excellent combination of aesthetics, performance, and value if you want something a little more under the hood of your system. Thumbs up here.