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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.11.07]
Manufactured by: Kingston


On testing Memory

I am always conflicted when the time comes to review memory. On one hand, we want to make sure our readers are informed about new products that are constantly coming out, and how they perform. However with memory, there are only a few things that set each other apart:

1) Price
2) Overclocking Performance
3) Warranty
4) Looks
5) Long-term reliability

Various aspects will carry different amounts of influence in our conclusion. Price is probably #1, with warranty and reliability the two next more important aspects. Looks is only important if you are still into custom cases with flashy interiors, and overclocking performance varies so much from one module to another, it's another tough call.

In terms of price, these Kingston HyperX modules score about even to its competitors. Whether you choose this or something from OCZ or Corsair will probably depend on the other factors besides price.

When it came to overclocking, we definitely got better results from our OCZ Special Ops Edition which is a similar PC2 6400 Low Latency kit. Since overclocking results vary so much from one kit to another, we can't put too much weight into this. However, HyperX is intended to be made for those who want the most out of their ram, and overclocking is to be expected. Considering the low latencies, these modules actually did pretty good. It's just that OCZ did a bit better.

Kingston's warranty is very good for their HyperX products; they are guaranteed for life, as long as you don't try to fry them by running ridiculous voltages. They are guaranteed up to 2.1 volts, but I don't see how they'd find out if you were running them at 2.3 or so. Much above that though, and it may be obvious if something bad happens...

When it comes to long-term results, we can't exactly hold off on a review for a year or more... But we can go by reputation - and from what I hear, and in my experience, Kingston does very well here. I have some HyperX DDR 400 that I have been using on and off for almost 2 years now!

My overall impression is that you will not be doing wrong by choosing HyperX memory to base your high end system on. The low latency is nice, and performance improves in many applications because of it.

If your main goal is high FSB overclocking though, you may want to look elsewhere. Kingston sells memory that is rated as high as PC2 9600 for instance, but with higher latencies.

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