Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX 2x4GB Review (Page 10 of 10)

Page 10 - Overclocking and Conclusion

The overclocking part is nothing too exciting -- so to save some time, I will quickly cover it before moving onto the meat of the conclusion. In short, the only thing you can change is tighten the latencies from 9-9-9-27 to 9-9-9-24. Other than that, there is not enough headroom to take it one step up to DDR3-1866 at 1.65V. With that in mind, does the Kingston HyperX brand still hold a special place in my heart as a signature of elite performance and quality? I will be absolutely honest with you. With regards to performance, it is pretty much what you would expect for DDR3-1600 9-9-9-27 RAM; and with very limited overclocking headroom, I don't think there is much more you can expect, either. As far as quality is concerned, I know many people who swear by Kingston memory, not only because of Kingston's track record of awesome reliability -- but also the excellent lifetime warranty it comes with. At the end of the day, what you will get with Kingston's HyperX KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX 2x4GB DDR3 kit is nothing particularly extraordinary if you look at performance by itself, but it is in fact made extraordinary by the quality and warranty in comes with. If the looks of its beautiful low profile heatspreaders are something that captures your heart, then this kit is made for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for something a little bit more unique, G.SKILL is willing to sell you their Sniper DDR3-1600 1.25V 8GB kit for roughly the same price at press time. It runs at a lower voltage, overclocks better at 1.65V, and comes with a lifetime warranty as well.

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Kingston's HyperX KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX 2x4GB is a high quality dual channel kit that comes with the company's track record of excellent reliability and lifetime warranty. It is everything you would expect for a DDR3-1600 9-9-9-27 kit, but just don't expect any more.

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Page Index
1. Introduction and Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 CPU
4. Benchmark: AIDA64 FPU
5. Benchmark: AIDA64 Memory
6. Benchmark: PCMark Vantage
7. Benchmark: 3DMark 11
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0
9. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R11.5
10. Overclocking and Conclusion