Kingston HyperX Memory Fan ReviewWed, Aug 12, 2009 - 12:00 AM
HyperX Fan Benchmarking
To try out the Kingston HyperX Fan we installed six 2GB HyperX T1 1600MHz CL9 memory modules on our Intel X58 Express test system with water cooling. Since both the Intel Core i7 975 processor and Intel X58 Express chipset are water cooled there is very little air movement across the top of the board. The memory modules were set to run with CL 9-9-9-24 timings with 1.64V. With water cooling becoming more popular, this setup is ideal to test out the HyperX Fan. To get some temperature numbers we put a probe in the heatsink of one of the inside middle memory modules and recorded the temperatures after 30 minutes of idling and gaming on Call of Duty 4. The case door was closed and the Ideal Commercial-Grade Multimeter 61-324 was placed inside the system and the data was recorded from the screen.
Benchmark Results: The Kingston HyperX Fan cooled the 12GB of memory much better than just the case cooling inside the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D chassis. The HyperX memory fan was able to keep the temperature of the module 30% cooler under load and 18% cooler at idle. That is an awesome temperature drop and one that you can actually feel by just touching the modules. In test systems like ours where water cooling is being use, a form of active memory cooling should be used 100% of the time.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions:
Keeping your high performance memory modules nice and cool is often overlooked when building a new gaming system. A simple and inexpensive memory cooler will quickly and easily lower the overall temperature of the memory kit. Our test results with the HyperX Fan showed an 11 degree Celsius temperature drop while gaming, which is huge. Adding a fan like the HyperX Fan will also add some flare to your system at the same time, so you are killing to birds with one stone.
The only thing you need to worry about if you are thinking about purchasing the HyperX Fan is to make sure that the height of the KHX-FAN doesn’t come in contact with your CPU cooler. Most CPU coolers don’t hang over the memory slots, but if it does you could always just slide the HyperX Fan over. It shouldn’t be a deal breaker either way you look at it.
When it comes to pricing, the HyperX Fan runs $23.02 shipped to your door. Not a bad bad price for something that works, looks good, increases overclocking potential and will help ensure your memory kit lasts for years to come.
Legit Bottom Line: The Kingston HyperX Fan is the real deal and something that any gamer or enthusiast should really consider getting if they don’t already have active cooling on their memory modules.