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

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

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The Test Rig

...which consists of

Processor: AMD Athlon 1700+ JIUHB
Cooling: Thermaltake Aquarius II Liquid Cooling Kit
Motherboard: Asus A7N8X
Video: MSI GeForce4 Ti4200 64MB
Hard Drive: Maxtor Diamondmax 9 Plus 200GB 7200rpm 8MB cache
CD-RW: LiteOn 24x10x40
DVD-ROM: Pioneer 106S Slot 16x

My CPU regularly runs at 2.145GHz (195x11), which is a 679MHz overclock and I can hit over 2.2GHz so I don't forsee that my processor holding the memory back. 


Starting from the standard 166MHz FSB (333DDR), I slowly worked my way up.  After experiencing a little instablity, lowering the CPU multiplier to 217x10 worked just fine, albeit a little hotter than usual.  Further lowering the CPU multiplier to 9.5 gave me an astounding 224MHz FSB and an effective 448MHz memory speed.  Anything further and it wasn't stable enough for Windows but it POSTed just fine.  I tried at 456MHz and ended up with a corrupted hard drive.

SiSoft Sandra

PCMark 2002 - Memory

This is some absolutely kickass memory and it certainly lives up to it's billing and then some.  Of course, overclocking takes a lot of patience in itself and you'll end up with needing some BIOS resets and a corrupt HD partition or two but in the end, the performance speaks for itself. 

Seriously, I only have one complaint about the kit and it's the same complaint I have with all high performance memory.  It costs more than standard stuff.  Last time I looked, the HyperX (along with comparable performance kits from Corsair, OCZ, etc) cost about $50 more than standard OEM brands like Samsung for an equivalent size and memory speed.  However, you're paying for quality and the extra performance.  And in my opinion, a lifetime waranty itself is worth more than $50.

  • Great high performance stuff
  • Amazing overclock, higher than advertised
  • Quality and lifetime warranty
  • Anodized blue heatspreaders look cool

  • Costs a bit more than the standard stuff

Final Score: 94%