Page 10 - Conclusion
I don't know what you were expecting when you opened up this review, but if you flipped through the last few pages of benchmarks and came to the conclusion DDR3-1600 does not provide significant performance benefits over DDR3-1333, then you are exactly right -- it is not like we have expected anything more, haha. My best guess is users with quad core processors is likely going to see a larger performance gain than my dual core Lenovo ThinkPad T420 laptop, but at the end of the day, remember one rule of thumb in the computer world, and that is the law of diminishing returns. Basically, performance gain increases at a decreasing rate in relation to price. If you are looking for the best price to performance ratio, stop reading at this point, and just buy some DDR3-1333 RAM. However, if you are those who are never satisfied with run-of-the-mill parts, and would spend every last cent until you have squeezed out the last bit of performance from your computer, then the Kingston HyperX PnP KHX1600C9S3P1K2/8G 2x4GB is what you are looking for. For one thing, it did not get its 'plug and play' name for no apparent reason -- it works out of the box at DDR3-1600, even if your laptop does not officially support that speed. Secondly, if you are a sucker for good looking RAM, then the HyperX PnP SODIMM is looks exactly like a miniature version of its desktop counterparts. Thirdly, it does, in fact, improve performance by a margin. Throw all three puzzle pieces together, and what do you get? A picture of a big e-peen. Okay, maybe that metaphor doesn't pull up exactly the right image, but what I am trying to say is, if you want the very best, then fact is the Kingston HyperX PnP KHX1600C9S3P1K2/8G 2x4GB is one of the best you can get.
Kingston provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.
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For about $110 at press time, the Kingston HyperX PnP KHX1600C9S3P1K2/8G 2x4GB is not exactly cheap. But no one asks for cheap when you buy a Lamborghini, so what is the problem here again?
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1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 CPU
4. Benchmark: AIDA64 FPU
5. Benchmark: AIDA64 Memory
6. Benchmark: PCMark 7
7. Benchmark: 3DMark 11
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0
9. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R11.5