RSS Feed

HCW Tech Blog

For the latest info on computer hardware, tech, news, video games, software tips, and Linux, check out our new improved front page: HCW Tech Blog

Reviewed by: Ed Lau [05.29.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson

Manufactured by: Kingston Technology
Price: $158 (2x 256MB)

Discuss this article in the forum!
Registration NOT Required!


It seems as though everyone and their grandma is overclocking these days and who can blame them?  Getting the $300 performance out of a $75 CPU is definetly worth the extra trouble for most folks.  For many enthusiasts including myself, the money that you save can be put toward
other equipment.  As important as CPU speed is to a kickass rig, RAM speeds are just as, if not more, vital to the speed and stablity of your system.  RAM that isn't of the highest quality will not be able to keep up with your CPU and will decrease instead of increasing your overall system prowess.

Fortunately for us, the market is full of high quality RAM these days and many manufacturers who previously did not endorse overclocking, are now advertising their product's overclockablity as it's main selling point.  With all the flashy heatspreaders and claims of ridiculous clock settings and speeds, it's difficult to choose which set of memory is right for you, which is why hardCOREware will be looking at several different offerings from several different manufacturers in the next little while.

Today, we'll be looking at HyperX PC3500 by Kingston Technology.


That's Right, Billy, Just For You

Don't you get a warm fuzzy feeling when you know something is made just for you?  Gamers all over can tingle as several manufacturers including Kingston Technology are tailor making memory modules specifically for us.  Kingston touts their product as very high quality chips that have been tested at high speeds in many different configurations.  In fact, with the emergence of dual-channel RAM support in the last year or so, Kingston is selling their HyperX memory in kits of two sticks.

If you've been around long enough, you will have heard about Kingston Technology at some time or other.  The Fountain Valley, California-based company has been supplying the industry with high quality memery products for years but have never specifically made memory for the purposes of overclocking until the release of HyperX.  Kingston is so confident in the quality of their product, in fact, that they've offer buyers a lifetime waranty. 

The kit we'll be testing today is PC3500, which runs at 434MHz.  The highest current standard for memory is PC3200, which can be used with the new motherboards that support a 400MHz FSB like the new nForce2 400, KT400A, and Intel's newest chipsets, 865PE and 875P.  It would suffice to say that PC3500, at a full 34MHz memory speed faster, will pump up your overall performance quite a bit.  This is two-fold.  Of course, without high-speed memory, you can't push your front side bus too high, meaning a lower CPU overclock.  Also, the higher speed your memory runs at, the wider your memory bandwidth, which means faster loading in games.

Since the kit is rated at PC3500, that means that our Asus A7N8X test platform is going to have to run a 217MHz FSB, with timeings at the rated CAS 2 4-4-8-1T, which is going to be an impressive feat by itself.


As with many other high quality (and high price) RAM kits, the HyperX modules are covered by heatspreaders, which, in this case, are anodized a nice shade of blue.  If you're wondering how hot RAM really gets, it actually does get quite hot.  I didn't put a thermistor on the module as RAM is relatively unlikely to overheat but I did touch the heatspreader before and that mofo is hot.

Other than that...they're just DIMMs.

Next Page: (2)