The Kingston Technology Company, casually referred to as Kingston by many PC users who are into memory modules, has for years had a reputation for putting out reliable memory modules that last, and won’t break your bank account. You won’t find too many people complaining about this companies’ RAM sticks being a waste of money. Well the ones that know what they are talking about at least.
Recently Kingston introduced a new line of products dubbed HyperX. Products included within this line are memory kits, and SSD drives. One of the first members of the HyperX line of memory module kits was the 2000Mhz DDR3 6GB Triple Channel Kit released last year. This kit made a big positive impression with many RAM enthusiasts in terms of performance, overclocking ability, and price.
Today we get a chance to test the younger brother, if you will, of the 2000Mhz modules, the HyperX 1600Mhz DDR3 8GB Dual Channel kit. Will little bro live up to its older brother’s marks of excellence, or be the offspring mom, and dad tend to leave out in conversations when bragging about their kids.
The 1600Mhz 8GB HyperX kit we received comes in a simple package housing the two 4GB memory modules with the speed, and GB count shown on the front via sticker. An installation guide (Like we need one. Ha!), which also contains the kit’s warranty, is also included. Pretty straight forward. Kingston didn’t waste time putting the modules into a bigger box as some companies do. This type of packaging we have no problem with as it lets us get to the goodies quicker, and leaves us less stuff to trash.
As you can see the modules themselves are on a green PCB with metallic silver heat spreaders. The spreaders themselves show the Kingston, and HyperX logo, as well as indicating again the stock speed of the RAM as well as the recommended timings, and voltages. Aesthetically the heat spreaders caught our eyes in a good way, and are low profile which is always a plus. One gripe, which is a small one, we had is that we would have liked to have seen black PCB’s used instead of green as it would just compliment, we feel, the heat spreaders oh so well. Eh. Guess you can’t have everything all the time.