Kingston HyperX Red - 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz Memory Kit Review (KHX16C9B1RK2/8) - Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Kingston has been a market leader in giving consumers high performance memory at a great price.  Their value series is often some of the best RAM you can get at entry-level prices and their HyperX line has long been the most affordable high performance memory out there.  It wasn't long ago that memory with heatspreaders had a significant premium associated with them, and Kingston was one of the first to crack the mold to offer an attractive heatspreader on memory that was priced near the entry-level kits.


The Red Series is a welcome expansion to their HyperX lineup for those who want to match a red case or an ASUS ROG board, or simply like Red better than blue.  Now you've got another color option for the memory I've used in more builds I care to recall because of its solid overall performance at a fantastic price point.  We were able to overclock one step above the specified by only having to drop the timings to CL10, which we were very happy with, and gave a 20% boost which translates to about a 3.5% average real-world increase.  We weren't able to get anything stable above 2000 MHz, but we've read in many places people hitting 2000+ MHz, so it's luck of the draw.  Keep in mind, however, that you'll see a relatively slim performance increase overclocking to 2000+ MHz because it generally demands fairly aggressive timing reduction.




For the super low price of about $45-50 at major retailers, you can add 8GB of awesome memory in a great looking, market-proven, and low-profile package.  Those who've loved the value of Kingston's HyperX brand and have been wanting red-sleeved DIMMs, your day has come, and there's little reason to wait.  Kingston's popular HyperX line will essentially ensure compatibility and their low 1.5V 1600MHz operation should ensure cool and reliable operation.



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