Introduction Over the last decade or so we have seen a speedy advancement in memory. Not too long ago we were talking about the DDR1 era with speeds of 400MHz as the bragging rights. Then we take a few steps forward and DDR2 came along, followed by DDR3 not too long after, as things continued to evolve. DDR3 has been one of the longest running memory platforms, going on 5 years now. Until the next big advancement in memory bandwidth comes along, we will simply continue to see incremental tweaks in the evolution of DDR3. That’s what we have today. With each growing chipset we are seeing new advancements with Intel’s IMC (internal memory controller). Today we are taking a look at a new memory set which will bring a new level of speed with Haswell. We have on our test bench today a set of Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3 2666MHz memory. This set, is specifically made to work with our Haswell IMC, and could push new limits for all us speed demons. Let’s put it to the test and find out! Before we move forward, let’s read a bit about Kingston: “Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston Technology now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2007, the company’s sales exceeded $4.5 billion. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,500 people worldwide. Re...
Today it’s my pleasure to introduce to you The Kingston MobileLite. It's a portable storage device with its own Wireless Network interface, and actually comes to you with no embedded storage on board. Instead, it offers the user the option to use Memory cards in these formats, Micro SD, SD, SDHC, and SDXC. It also includes USB connectivity for external storage and flash drives. The Kingston MobileLite offers a battery life of up to five hours of continuous use, and gives you the ability to charge it via USB. Additionally it offers its own Wi-Fi network, and can also be used as a battery backup. This allows you to charge a device, like a mobile phone or tablet, by using its built-in USB port. The Kingston MobileLite can also serve as an emergency charger for your mobile phone.
Didn't think you could run a portable version of Window 8, nevermind from a flash drive? Welcome to the future now. The DataTraveler Workspace not only allows Windows To Go, but the tech behind this little flash drive is very interesting; its USB 3.0 interface supports some blistering speeds because of the SSD SandForce controller onboard. Yes, the same controller found on desktop SSDs, except it's packed into a tiny form factor to put on your keyring here. Let's take a closer look.
Another in the list of SandForce SSDs is the latest from Kingston, the SSDNow V300. It's not entirely different in most regards, but it does have Toshiba Toggle NAND and exclusive input from LSI directly to tweak the controller's performance. Factor in a strong accessory package and a competitive price, and we have a drive that could prove very attractive to consumers looking for a massive speed boost over a traditional hard drive setup. Let's dive in and find out how the Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB fares.
The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate G3 64GB USB 3.0 flash drive is the third generation product in the company's lineup, packing 64GB of capacity onto a form factor that can fit onto your key ring. But what about performance? Around here, we think Performance is King, and we've heard people complain these large capacity flash drives are slow as molasses in a northern Canadian winter (that's cold, trust me). Just how fast is this G3 flash drive? Let's move on to find out.
Memory's importance has taken on a new meaning with both SandyBridge and IvyBridge. The extra lanes of the re-worked IMC (Internal Memory Controller) on Ivy plus motherboards pampers your hardware with more bandwidth bringing overall performance to a different level. We have seen a slew of memory lately from multiple manufacturers with frequencies hitting all time highs of 2400MHz and more. The competition in the memory sector also remains at an all time high. Name brands such as Kingston, G.Skill, Crucial, and Corsair are still the major players. Of these brands, Pure Overclock has always turned to Kingston memory in situations where compatability is an issue with a new motherboard product. You cannot go wrong when inserting Kingston's HyperX modules into a new board with a fresh BIOS. Their reliable HyperX branding has been a mainstay in the industry for sometime now. Today, Kingston has a change of pace for you memory junkies. Their newest HyperX Predator series has a re-designed heat spreader plus a 2666MHz frequency rating, which should pack a serious punch for those looking add some serious bandwidth to their SandyBridge and IvyBridge systems. Let's get the new Kingston HyperX 2666MHz Predator modules to the lab and see what kind of "horsepower" they add.