Kingston Predator 16GB (2x8GB) 1866 MHz DDR3 RAM/Memory Kit Review (KHX18C9T2K2/16X) - Final Thoughts
Kingston's Predator series held its own in the benchmarks, was easy to OC, and stable up to 2133 MHz without applying over the spec'd 1.65V. The design is sleek with a blue accent, following several other Kingston HyperX product lines. The most prominent potential drawback is the large-profile heatsink, and you need to watch out for large CPU coolers or smaller motherboards as the heatsink may get in the way, at least blocking the innermost DIMM slot.
The overclock process took some time, as overclocking RAM usually does, and the sticks were not as willing to secede much in the timing department. In the end, we were able to acheive our 2133 MHz overclock by dropping the timings to CL11 and a conservative 1.65V, which is more than fine for an everyday overclock. The XMP profile did a good job of a quick overclock, with low timings and high stability without having to fiddle with anything, and gets you about 2/3 of the way to the best overclock we could achieve, which is convenient and ultimately what you pay for in the 1866 MHz kit. The high capacity of this 16GB kit allows for plenty of flexibilty in multitasking and RAMDisk/cache use if you want that extra speed boost.
The sticks go for about $145 (Newegg) so they are by far not the cheapest option. By comparison, the Patriot Viper 3 Intel Extreme Master's 16GB kit has very similar specs, is also hand-picked and tested, but with a lighter and lower profile design, and overclocked almost as well, at a price of about $100 (and even has a similar blue/black color scheme). The edgy and very nice heatspreader really has to sell you for the extra $50 out of pocket, but Kingston's proven reliability and customer support alongside the kit's high performance may justify the extra bucks for your rig.
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