For years SO-DIMM (small outline dual in-line memory module) memory modules were used exclusively used in systems with limited space, such at notebooks. In recent years we have started to see some Mini-ITX motherboards, NAS servers and even custom small form factor PCs like the Intel NUC and Gigabyte BRIX using SO-DIMMs. With higher-end desktops now using SO-DIMM memory it was only a matter of time until that the memory manufacturers started bringing out overclocked modules to market. We met with Kingston Technology during CES 2014 and they showed SO-DIMMs running 1600MHz, 1866Mhz, 2133MHz and even at a remarkable 2400MHz in a series of desktop systems at the show. Kingston showed the kits in small form factor systems by Zotac, Intel, Gigabyte and ASRock. The fastest SO-DIMM memory kit that money can buy right now at a retailer like Newegg is 2133MHz and this is the first time that we have ever seen a 2400MHz SO-DIMM in action.
Kingston showed a number of demos, but the highlight of the table was the Kingstom HyperX Performance 8GB (2x4GB) 2400MHz SO-DIMM memory modules that will be sold later this year under part number KHX2400C13S3L/4G. Kingston was running them inside the ASRock M8 Mini ITX Gaming PC that uses an Intel Core i7-4770K processor on an Intel Z87 chipset powered board. Kingston wasn’t showing us bandwidth numbers for this super fast kit, but they were showing that it was Memtest86+ 5.01 stable. Kingston was able to get this kit up and running with 12-13-13-35 timings, which is respectable for such a high-end memory kit.
We have a quick video clip below of Mark Tekunoff, Kingston Senior Technology Manager, giving Legit Reviews a quick overview of these HyperX Performance SO-DIMMs. The fastest that we’ve reviewed in an Intel NUC or Gigabyte BRIX is 1866MHz, so we can’t wait to get our hands on some 2133MHz or 2400MHz SO-DIMMs from Kingston to see how it performs.