Kingston HyperX Predator 1600 MHz 8GB Kit Review

Posted Dec 15, 2012
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More from the HyperX Staple

Reviewing memory is getting to be just as boring as firing up the latest Call of Duty game and getting an awful feeling of Déjà vu. They all seem to be different but all play the same way. Now before you put me on a stake and burn me a heretic, I know you get to make some ‘game changing’ decision in Black:OPS II, but to me they are just the same.

So after getting that off my (slightly hairy) chest, it is time to introduce the latest in a really long lineage of HyperX family, the predator; rather than coming up with a new branding Kingston (the big daddy of memory) is happy recycling the HyperX brand. There used to Value RAM and HyperX; if you wanted the goods you got the latter, if you wanted a no frills option you’d get the former. But things are not so clear now. You, my dear consumer, now have an entire line of HyperX babies to choose from. I am not going to bore you with introductions to the entire family –only the newest member gets the limelight today.

Memory Facts

Class HyperX Predator
Segment Enthusiast
Type DDR3
Voltage (V) 1.65
Speed 1600 MHz
Timings 9-9-9-27-2N
CAS Latency 9
Heat Sink Yes
Tested Config. 2x4GB
Model KHX1600C9T2K2/8X

Note the following is taken from WCCFTech’s review of HyperX Genesis. There is not much to add, thus keeping up with Kingston’s tradition of recycling we’ll do a little bit of our own (and in the process save up on insurance by ensuring the poor reviewer does not get RSI)

Packing

The modules come in a plastic container with a clear transparent lid with the memory spec label on it. Rather than the usual flat layout, the memory sticks are stacked vertically.

Memory Modules

The modules have a Kingston-esque design. A traditional blue heatsink shrouds the memory PCB. The HyperX logo with the Genesis Perdator brand is clearly visible on the heat sinks. One thing to take note of is that these memory modules need 1.65 Volts to run at 1600MHz.

CPU-Z

 

Testing

Yawn… we are already here?! As long as we are, I might as well let you in on a little secret: Memory speed, in a typical average PC of today is just as important as manure to a fertilizer factory. You can add as obscure a benchmark as you want the bottom line is that speedy memory has lost its charm. Perhaps once Haswell powered processors are around things will be different, but right now memory speed comparisons are bollocks! If you must read on (which you should because I get paid that way), read on.

 Test System

Setup Intel 2500k + ASRock Z77ext6
Memory Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3-1600Kingston HyperX Predator DDR3-1600
Video ATi 6950 -2GB
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Test Suite MAFIA IISANDRA 2011

PS: I could have added 10 more tests –synthetic and real world and the results would still be the same. The graphs would have been utterly crowded (given how silly WCCFTech’s view pane is) and would have made less sense than they do now.

Sandra – Memory Bandwidth

Hey look… It’s like looking in a mirror and mirror looking back at you.

Mafia II

Mafia II is the long awaited sequel to one of the greatest third person shooter –Mafia.  It was selected because of all the games tested this was the one that showed the most “difference” in performance as memory timing were changed.  The built-in benchmark tool as used. Just to make sure that the lack of user generated content does not make a difference, the first level was played while benchmarking with FRAPS. (The difference between the two was not statistically significant).

The game was run at 1900 x1200, with all in game settings turned to their maximum. As the testing was done on an ATi video card equipped system, dedicated Phys-X and APEX effects were disabled.

Ooohhhh… Creepy mirror effects.

Impressions

Kingston has another ace up its sleeve with the predator line of HyperX memory. It’s just as fast as the other HyperX memory (rated at 1600MHz) so while in the process of inventing an entire new line of memory nothing seems to have gone wrong –which l will count as an essentially a good thing.

Intel 2500k + ASRock Z77ext6

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