HyperX Predator High Performance Memory For Enthusiasts

When it comes to memory, Kingston is one of the first names people bring up.  HyperX is Kingston's high-performance division, that focus's developing the best peripherals for gamers and users that demad the best performance.  They are constantly updating their product line to meet the needs of gamers and enthusiasts.  When a new chipset is released, HyperX is always found on the motherboard's compatibility list.  When Ryzen came out, there were many issues with memory compatibility, however HyperX was one of the first to be fully certified. [caption id="attachment_197166" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Retail Packaging[/caption] When we received our AMD Ryzen 7 1700X media kit, HyperX provided us a set of their HyperX Predator DDR4 3200MHz memory to test along with the Ryzen.  The HyperX Predator DDR4 memory line includes speeds starting at 3000MHz and goes up to 3600MHz, in various capacities.
Speed Part # Latency Voltage Price
3000MHz  8GB (2x4GB) - HX430C15PB3K2/8 16GB (2x8GB) - HX430C15PB3K2/16 16GB (4x4GB) - HX430C15PB3K4/16 32GB (2x16GB) - HX430C15PB3K2/32 32GB (4x8GB) - HX430C15PB3K4/32 64GB (4x16GB) - HX430C15PB3K4/64 15-17-17 1.35V  $105.89 $200.33 $197.99 $350.99 $393.73 $741.22
3200MHz  8GB (2x4GB) - HX432C16PB3K2/8 16GB (2x8GB) - HX432C16PB3K2/16 16GB (4x4GB) - HX432C16PB3K4/16 32GB (4x8GB) - HX432C16PB3K4/32 16-18-18 1.35V  $94.99 $176.99 $199.99 $414.99
3333MHz 16GB (2x8GB) - HX433C16PB3K2/16 16-18-18 1.35V  $202.23
3600MHz 16GB (2x8GB) - HX436C17PB3K2/16 32GB (4x8GB) - HX436C17PB3K4/32 17-18-18 1.35V $219.00 $432.99
The 16GB memory kit we received to test is the HX432C16PB3K2/16 model, it can be purchased online for $176.99 shipped on Newegg or $219.99 shipped on Amazon with a lifetime warranty. This is one of the higher priced 16GB DDR4 kits available.  To save yourself a little money, you can also buy it directly from Kingston where they have it for $189.00, which is where it becomes more in line with other high quality memory kits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=0g_RnyAAAJo Features: The HyperX Predator 3200MHz 16GB DDR4 memory kit, includes support for Intel XMP, with dual profiles.  XMP Profile 1, sets the speed to 3200MHz with 16-18-18 timings, while Profile 2 will set it to 3000MHz and 15-17-17 timings.    For our testing, we will use these settings for base clock speeds.  We attempted to overclock the memory, but wasn't able to squeeze out any faster settings. [caption id="attachment_192385" align="aligncenter" width="645"]HyperX Predator 3200MHz DDR4 HyperX Predator 3200MHz DDR4 - 2 x 8GB[/caption] Overall, the black aluminum heatsink has an aggressive design to it, while while it looks great, won't be seen much once it's installed in most systems.  The front of the memory module has the HyperX logo in silver with the Predator name on one edge.  On the back side of the module, HyperX has placed the product label that provides the normal information such as model number, serial number and various other codes. [caption id="attachment_192433" align="aligncenter" width="645"]HyperX Predator 3200MHz HyperX Predator 3200MHz DDR4 Memory[/caption] Once you have installed the HyperX Predator memory into your system, the top edge is what you'll be seeing the most.  Here the heat spreader is split to provide additional cooling surface area, with the HyperX name in the center.  I personally like the design of the heatsink, it's a fairly clean design while still providing something different than a plain heatsink. Let's take a look at the Intel Z270 based test system, as well as the Ryzen 7 1700X test system before getting into doing any benchmarks.

The DDR4 Test System

The Intel Z270 based test system includes the following hardware:
Intel LGA 1151 Z270 Test Platform
Component Brand / Model Live Pricing
Motherboard ASUS RIG STRIX Z270G Click Here
Processor Intel i7-7700K Click Here
Memory Kingston 32GB DDR4 2666MHz Click Here
CPU Cooler Corsair H105 Click Here
Video Card eVGA GTX 970SC Click Here
Hard Drive Intel Pro 2500 180GB SSD Click Here
M.2 Drive Kingston HyperX Predator 240GB Click Here
Power Supply Corsair CX750M Click Here
Operating System Windows 10-Pro 64-Bit Click Here
[caption id="attachment_197359" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Intel i7-7700k AIDA64 CPUid[/caption] On the Intel Core i7-7700k platform, the HyperX Predator 3200MHz Dual Channel kit was running with it's default timings of 16-18-18-36 CR2. In addition, we included G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHz dual channel kit in our testing.    This kit is also running with default timings of 16-18-18-36 CR2, matching the HyperX Predator kit.  In addition, we decided to include an older HyperX Fury 2666MHz Dual Channel kit, which was running with 15-17-17-35 CR2.  While this isn't a great direct comparison to a faster memory kit, we will be running the HyperX Predator DDR4 kit at it's default 2400MHz, XMP profile 2 3000MHz and XMP profile 1 3200MHz. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700X test system included the following hardware:
AMD Ryzen Test Platform
Motherboard Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 Click Here
Processor AMD Ryzen 1700X Click Here
Motherboard Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 Click Here
Memory HyperX Predator DDR4 16GB Click Here
Video Card EVGA GTX 970 SC Click Here
Hard Drive Intel Pro 2500 180GB SSD Click Here
Game Drive Sandisk Ultra II 480GB SSD Click Here
Game Drive Kingston Predator 240GB M.2 Click Here
Cooler Thermaltake Contac Silent 12 Click Here
Power Supply Corsair CX 750M Click Here
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit Pro v1607 Click Here
[caption id="attachment_197360" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz AMD Ryzen 7 1700x AIDA64 CPUid[/caption] The HyperX Predator DDR4 kit is running at 3200MHz in dual channel mode on the AMD Ryzen 7 platform.  It is using the default timings of 16-18-18-36 CR1. We also included a G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHz dual channel kit in our testing.    This kit is also running with default timings of 16-18-18-36 CR1, matching the HyperX Predator kit.  

AIDA64 Extreme Edition

AIDA64 is one of the industry standards for benchmarking memory performance.  It has a simple memory benchmark that provides Read, Write, Copy and Latency scores for the memory, as well as the cache system.  We will be taking a look at the Read, Write and Copy scores, which are presented in MB/s and the higher score is better. Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Benchmark Results: When taking a look at the HyperX Predator memory kit on the Intel Z270 platform, we see that it obviously performs better than the slower memory, however at 3200MHz the G.Skill TridentZ has a slight performance edge over the HyperX Predator.  For the Read and Write portion of the benchmark, it is less than 1% in G.Skill TridentZ favor, however for the copy test, that increases to around 11%.  Taking a look at all the scores across the various speeds, we do see an upwards trend the faster the memory is clocked at least for this synthetic benchmark test. Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Benchmark Results:  When we do the performance testing on the AMD Ryzen 7 based system, we get a different story.  Here the HyperX Predator takes over the lead.  For the Read and Write portion, the HyperX Predator 3200MHz kit receives between a 2% and 4% performance edge over the G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHz kit.  During the Copy benchmark, the HyperX Predator takes a 5% lead.  As you would expect, with the faster memory we saw an increase in performance for the synthetic benchmark.  

Passmark Performance Test - Memory Benchmark

Passmark Performance Test is another synthetic memory performance benchmarking tool. Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Hyper-X Predator 3200MHzBenchmark Results:  Looking at the scores, the HyperX Predator 3200MHz kit was just slightly behind the G.Skill Trident Z kit running at the same speed.  We saw a common upward trend the faster the memory was clocked. Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Benchmark Results:  When we placed the HyperX Predator kit in the AMD Ryzen 7 1700x system, we expected a small bump in performance for the kit, however we received around a 4% bump in performance.  The AMD Ryzen system certainly takes advantage of the HyperX Predator memory better.  While we have typically been seeing an upwards trend in performance when the memory is clocked faster, for this test the HyperX Predator 2933MHz speed was just about even with the Read tests, but a little behind the G.Skill TridentZ 3200MHz speed.

x264 Encoder Benchmark

x264 Encoder Benchmark allows you to gauge how fast your system will encode a video clip to the x264 format.  It takes advantage of the extra cores, making it a good way to gauge the performance. Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz   Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Benchmark Results:  For both tests the results came out exactly as we expected.  With the HyperX Predator kit in the Intel based system, it was slightly below the G.Skill TridentZ kit, however in the AMD Ryzen system, the Predator took the lead by a small margin.  While the synthetic benchmarks have been showing an upwards trend with the faster memory, in a real world environment, we don't see a huge increase in performance with faster memory.

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Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Benchmark Results:  In the Intel i7-7700k based system, the HyperX Predator outperformed the G.Skill TridentZ memory by less than 1%.  With the faster memory speeds, the Intel platform didn't show much difference when compared to the slower memory.  However in the AMD Ryzen 7 1700x system, it took a 5% lead over the G.Skill TridentZ memory kit.  On the AMD Ryzen platform, we also saw a slight upwards trend in performance!

Final Thoughts & Conclusions

[caption id="attachment_197166" align="aligncenter" width="645"]Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Hyper-X Predator 3200MHz Retail Packaging[/caption] When we first received our Ryzen 7 1700x media kit, the HyperX Predator memory kit was included.  It was reported to be one of the best memory kits for the Ryzen platform.  In our initial tests on the provided motherboard, we had some issues getting it to post beyond 2933MHz, however after some updates from AMD, we were able to get the Predator memory to run at full speed.  These types of compatibility issues are not uncommon for new platforms, and are usually resolved pretty quickly. [caption id="attachment_192385" align="aligncenter" width="645"]HyperX Predator 3200MHz DDR4 HyperX Predator 3200MHz DDR4 - 2 x 8GB[/caption] In nearly every test we performed on the HyperX Predator 3200MHz DDR4 kit, the results were nearly identical.  When run on an Intel based system it wasn't the fast memory we tested.  However once it was moved to the AMD Ryzen system, it began to show what it's capable of.  While for most a 5% boost in performance won't mean much, for those that want to get every ounce of performance out of their system any boost is welcomed.  In reality, most of us know that you won't typically see a big boost in performance when increasing memory clock speeds, however depending on the price difference between the speeds, you are better off getting the fastest possible to reduce any potential bottleneck.  We did notice that on the AMD Ryzen 7 platform, the faster the memory we did receive better gaming performance.  
Speed Part # Latency Voltage Price
3000MHz  8GB (2x4GB) - HX430C15PB3K2/8 16GB (2x8GB) - HX430C15PB3K2/16 16GB (4x4GB) - HX430C15PB3K4/16 32GB (2x16GB) - HX430C15PB3K2/32 32GB (4x8GB) - HX430C15PB3K4/32 64GB (4x16GB) - HX430C15PB3K4/64 15-17-17 1.35V  $105.89 $200.33 $197.99 $350.99 $393.73 $741.22
3200MHz  8GB (2x4GB) - HX432C16PB3K2/8 16GB (2x8GB) - HX432C16PB3K2/16 16GB (4x4GB) - HX432C16PB3K4/16 32GB (4x8GB) - HX432C16PB3K4/32 16-18-18 1.35V  $94.99 $176.99 $199.99 $414.99
3333MHz 16GB (2x8GB) - HX433C16PB3K2/16 16-18-18 1.35V  $202.23
3600MHz 16GB (2x8GB) - HX436C17PB3K2/16 32GB (4x8GB) - HX436C17PB3K4/32 17-18-18 1.35V $219.00 $432.99
The HyperX Predator 3200MHz kit performed as we expected on the Intel based system, and exceeded our expectations on the AMD Ryzen system. The HyperX Predator memory is available in four different speeds ranging from 3000MHz to the latest 3600MHz.  The 3200MHz kit is currently the fastest available for AMD Ryzen, however for the Intel platform you can go higher than 3600MHz if you wish.  Here we took a look at the HyperX Predator 16GB 3200MHz kit, HX432C16PB3K2/16, which can be purchased online for $176.99 shipped on Newegg or $219.99 shipped on Amazon with a lifetime warranty.  While there are lower priced DDR4 kits, this price is right in line with high quality enthusiast grade memory that should last for quite a while, plus it has the added bonus of being manufactured by one of the most well known companies that has a long history of manufacturing reliable memory. Legit Bottom Line:  The HyperX PredatorDDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) memory kit performed well, but at the end of the day it doesn't stand out from the pack and didn't have significant overclocking headroom.