Serving as a replacement for the aging HyperX T1 while complimenting the current Blu and Genesis lineup of HyperX memory, the Kingston HyperX T2 Predator boasts the fastest speeds, lowest latencies, and highest capacities in the family. The fresh heat spreader design is another welcome change, being a better match to the appearance and layout of modern systems than the larger and less dramatic shell of the T1. It's an impressive facelift, but how are the performance gains?
Which will it be? Blue pill or red pill? Kingston now offers purchasers of its entry-level HyperX blu DIMMs a choice between the two classic colors. HyperX red is offered in 2GB-16GB flavors operating at up to 1600MHz. We'll be putting the 2x4GB - DDR3 1600MHz CL9 kit to the test today, maybe even learning some Kung Fu in the process.
Patriot has been a reliable member of the RAM manufacturer community for years. Their products have stood up to overclocking and compatibilty tests by everyone from beginners to enthusiasts, and they strive to give PC users the best possible performance for any specific RAM configuration. A few months ago we reviewed Patriot's Viper Extreme Divison 4 series RAM (4x4GB, PC315000) which offered almost 30% increases in performance when overclocked. Patriot has partnered with Intel this time around to provide power users with high quality parts for the best possible overclocking experience with their special edition Viper 3 kits known as the Intel Extreme Masters memory.
Intel's X79 platform ushered in a new memory standard for enthusiasts with quad-channel configurations. Four channels of memory enable an even higher level of bandwidth between the processor and the memory, and the capacities offered by up to 8 DIMM slots on many X79 motherboards allows the use of RAM as a system RAM Disk or RAM cache, both of which enable blazing fast transfer speeds. Patriot's Viper Xtreme series has been one of our favorite kits for awhile now, and we're excited to take a look at the latest revision.
Memory is one of the easiest, and often cheapest, ways to boost your computer's performance, and many times can mean the difference between a moderate or great overclock. Patriot is targeting the extreme/enthusiast crowd who are looking to use their memory sticks to their maximum potential by creating a memory module designed specifically for AMD AM3 7/8/9 series platform, ideally allowing you to squeeze every bit of clock speed out of your computer, and remaining more budget-friendly than other alternatives.