Kingston HyperX T1 4GB DDR3-2133
The packaging of these modules is rather plain; a simple clear plastic case that houses the modules. They are contained in the typical Kingston packaging that features a clamshell design with a large bold sticker on the front that identifies the important information. We see the model number, memory size, timings, speed, and that they are assembled in the U.S.A. Once the sticker is sliced along the edges, you can just lift off the cover; you don’t need to worry about destroying the entire packaging just to get at the sticks.
The design and presentation of these HyperX modules are absolutely gorgeous, coloured in a striking medium royal blue and accented with metallic paint. Kingston has done an excellent job of capturing a very refined and modern look while conveying just a hint of being edgy. We think the colour scheme would perfectly complement a Gigabyte or ASUS LGA1156 motherboard.
The most noticable thing about these HyperX modules are the T1 heatspreaders; they are very tall. In fact, they’re the tallest memory heatpreaders we’ve seen to date, so take care when dealing with a bulky air cooler, as you may encounter some clearance issues with certain aftermarket CPU heatsinks. The need for massive heatspreaders is historically well documented for those who overclock their RAM very heavily, as a great deal of heat can be produced. However, as we’ve seen with the new DDR3 modules running at a frugal 1.5 volts, and limited to only 1.65V maximum, not as much heat will be produced anyways. Certainly not like the "old" days when you had 2.4 volts coursing through some DDR2 sticks that were insanely overclocked to 1200MHz and were actually quite hot to the touch.
The heat produced by these tri-channel modules shouldn’t be too much of a problem, so we’re not entirely sure why manufacturers now go to such great lengths to design fancy heatspreaders. Perhaps consumers still expect them, thinking the massive heat (which doesn’t actually exist anymore) needs to be controlled, or more than likely, companies use them as marketing tools. We’re inclined to think the latter. Regardless, Kingston is not alone in this regard, as well memory manufacturers seem to be doing this.
Here we see the HyperX T1 modules install in our ASUS P7P55D Deluxe motherboard, and despite the tall heatspreaders there are no concerns with clearance.
Let’s get down to business and see what these sticks can do.