Kingston HyperX T1 2800MHz DDR3 Memory Review on Ivy BridgeSun, Apr 29, 2012 - 12:00 PM
Overclocking Results & Final Thoughts
No memory review would be complete without overclocking, so we did our best to overclock this memory kit on the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H motherboard with the Intel Core i7-3770K processor. To test out our overclocks we used AIDA
Running the HyperX kit with the Intel XMP Profile for 2800MHz we got the results above.
When we tried to overclock the memory kit we first tried to use the 2933 MHz divider and found that we were unable to run at 2933 MHz with CL12, CL13 or CL14 timings and we tried running the memory at 1.7V. Since the memory wasn’t able to work at the next divider, we were stuck with increasing the base clock (FSB) of the processor. We left the memory timings at their default settings and was able to raise the base clock from 100.0 MHz to 101.25 MHz, which meant the memory was now running at 2832 MHz. A 32 MHz increase on a 2800 MHz memory kit isn’t much headroom, but it did help performance by about 200 MB/s on the read and write bandwidths as you can see from the AIDA64 benchmark results above.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions:
Kingston Technology has really stepped up their game and have developed some great looking dual-channel memory kits that will be available next month. The fastest dual-channel DDR3 memory kit that you can buy today from Newegg is 2666MHz and Kingston will be right there with their new speed offerings. The only company with a kit like this on the market today is G.SKILL with their Trident X Series. Kingston will be countering that product offering with their HyperX T1 series and they should have no problem competing.
The Kingston Hyper T1 4GB 2800MHz memory kit (KHX2800C12D3T1K2/4GX) that we looked at here today did a superb job on our motherboard that features the Intel Z77 Express chipset and the Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge processor. We ran this kit from 800MHZ with CL6 timings all they way up to 2800MHz with CL12 timings. It is pretty wild to see a 2000MHz spread with a memory kit, but this kit was up for the task.
The one downside to this memory kit is that it is available as just a 4GB dual-channel kit. In this day and age most people will want to run between 8 to 16 GB of memory in their primary system. This kit was clearly designed for overclocking and breaking benchmark records. The overclocking that we for this review hardly did this memory kit justice as you really need LN2 cooling on this memory kit to get this most from it.
Pricing for this module is unknown since it might not come to market, so we don’t have much to say about pricing this time around. All Kingston memory is lifetime warrantied and that is great when you are looking to invest in some high-performance memory modules that go well beyond standard clock speeds!
Legit Bottom Line: The Kingston HyperX T1 4GB 2800 MHz DDR3 memory kit was amazing and we can’t wait to see what the other kits look like when they come out next month!