Kingston Predator 16GB (2x8GB) 1866 MHz DDR3 RAM/Memory Kit Review (KHX18C9T2K2/16X) - Design

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Kingston Predator 1866 16GB Kit

 

Kingston Predator Side ProfileKingston Predator DIMM Heatsink

 

Despite the Predator moniker, the Kingston HyperX Predators are far from being invisible and even further from being called 'ugly'. Like the rest of Kingston's memory lineup, the HyperX Predator makes its presence known with dramatic use of color. The anodized aluminum heat spreaders sport a very bright shade of blue along with a large black Kingston X and white lettering for a nice contrast. The front edge is heavily notched with upturned ends, as if the heat spreader is fraying as a result of the DIMM trying to escape its protective shell. Seen from the side, the fins form a v-shaped channel with increased surface area for better heat dissapation. Compared to the design of its predecessor the HyperX T1, the T2 Predator is slightly shorter, but still stands an impressive 47.9mm in height due to the massive heat spreaders that nearly double the size of the DIMM. The size of the spreaders and their visually-arresting color means that the relatively small amount of exposed green PCB goes easily unnoticed (although for a higher-end gamer kit, we'd love to see a black PCB), however their size could spell trouble for someone with a cramped motherboard or particularly large CPU cooler.

 

Kingston Predator Clearance on Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H

 

Our kits barely fit alongside our Cooler Master TPC 812 heatsink and fan in the Channel B slots furthest from the CPU socket, and also partially blocks the fan's incoming airflow, although this is great for the RAM itself.  The only sure best that these will fit in any circumstance is an all-in-one watercooling setup or a relatively small HSF, so choose wisely based upon your motherboard and cooler choice.

 

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# Sabishii Hito 2012-10-26 08:21
These sticks are based on Hynix CFR 2Gb ICs and should have way more headroom, at least DDR3-2400 11-13-12.
 
 
# Evan 2012-10-26 08:28
Quoting Sabishii Hito:
These sticks are based on Hynix CFR 2Gb ICs and should have way more headroom, at least DDR3-2400 11-13-12.


Even the best chips down have some "down-binned" parts come off the line for the lower frequency kits. But appreciate the feedback, and I'll give it another shot for you (we were unsuccessful through several hours of trial-and-error through seemingly endless timing combinations at 2400 MHz). It is very possible we have one unlucky DIMM holding the kit back. Appreciate it and we will report back if we get something to stick this time! These also deserve a discussion of the Hynix chips, so thanks for that as well.
 
 
# Sabishii Hito 2012-10-26 11:04
Hmm, those buggers might need some more volts slapped in 'em! Although Hynix doesn't seem to scale much over 1.75v
 
 
# Sabishii Hito 2012-10-26 12:21
Yeah these ICs, when going for clocks over 2000 like the timings to be tRCD=tRP+1=CAS+ 2
 
 
# Evan 2012-10-26 12:28
Quoting Sabishii Hito:
Yeah these ICs, when going for clocks over 2000 like the timings to be tRCD=tRP+1=CAS+2


Great feedback and a good rule of thumb! Our mentality for the max OC was a "safe" 24/7 OC for a more typical enthusiast who likes to push without much added risk of damage, so we limited the voltage to 1.7V, I'll try a bit higher and see where it takes us!

Have a great day/weekend!
 
 
# Sabishii Hito 2012-10-27 08:14
My mistake, these actually use Hynix MFR 4Gb ICs, but they like the same kind of timings as their smaller-density siblings the 2Gb CFR chips.
 
 
# gene396302 2012-10-28 08:27
Can you put this on a laptop, it looks like a laptop memory.
 
 
# Evan 2012-10-28 17:13
Quoting gene396302:
Can you put this on a laptop, it looks like a laptop memory.


These are full-sized DIMMs, so they will not fit in a laptop. They appear more square because of the large-profile heatsinks.