Kingston HyperX Beast Memory Kits

Last month Kingston Technology announced HyperX Beast, which was is a series of memory kits that have been designed for those wanting the largest DRAM capacities possible at performance memory speeds. So, if you want a beast of a memory kit that will be able to fully utilize your systems capabilities, the HyperX Beast series should be ideal. Kingston says that HyperX Beast is aimed at hardcore gamers, PC modders, content creators and overclockers.

Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3 Memory Kits

Part Number

Capacity and Features

Pricing

KHX16C9T3K2/8X

8GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL9 DIMM (kit of 2) Beast series XMP

$44.99

KHX16C9T3K2/16X

16GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM (kit of 2) Beast series XMP

$124.99

KHX16C9T3K4/16X

16GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL9 DIMM (kit of 4) Beast series XMP

$89.99

KHX16C9T3K4/32X

32GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL9 DIMM (kit of 4) Beast series XMP

$257.99

KHX18C9T3K2/8X

8GB 1866MHz DDR3 CL9 DIMM (kit of 2) Beast series XMP

$49.99

KHX18C10T3K2/16X

16GB 1866MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM (kit of 2) Beast series XMP

$127.99

KHX18C9T3K4/16X

16GB 1866MHz DDR3 CL9 DIMM (kit of 4) Beast series XMP

$97.99

KHX18C10T3K4/32X

32GB 1866MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM (kit of 4) Beast series XMP

 

KHX18C10T3K8/64X

64GB 1866MHz DDR3 CL10 DIMM (kit of 8) Beast series XMP

 

KHX21C11T3K2/8X

8GB 2133MHz DDR3 CL11 DIMM (kit of 2) Beast series XMP

$49.99

KHX21C11T3K2/16X

16GB 2133MHz DDR3 CL11 DIMM (kit of 2) Beast series XMP

$127.99

KHX21C11T3K4/32X

32GB 2133MHz DDR3 CL11 DIMM (kit of 4) Beast series XMP

$255.99

KHX21C11T3FK8/64X

64GB 2133MHz DDR3 CL11 DIMM (kit of 8) Beast series XMP

$529.99

KHX24C11T3K2/8X

8GB 2400MHz DDR3 CL11 DIMM (kit of 2) Beast series XMP

$53.99

KHX24C11T3K2/16X

16GB 2400MHz DDR3 CL11 DIMM (kit of 2) Beast series XMP

 

KHX24C11T3K4/16X

16GB 2400MHz DDR3 CL11 DIMM (kit of 4) Beast series XMP

$99.99

KHX24C11T3K4/32X

32GB 2400MHz DDR3 CL11 DIMM (kit of 4) Beast series XMP

$310.99

Kingston HyperX Beast features kits that range from 1600MHZ-2400MHz, and in capacities from 8GB-64GB. In total, there are 17 Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3 memory kits available right now. This means you have plenty of options when it comes to selecting what speed and capacity that you want! We were sent the Kingston HyperX Beast 64GB (8x8GB) 2133MHz CL11 memory kit over to try out. This kit is the fastest 64GB memory kit offered by Kingston, so if you are looking for capacity and speed, the KHX21C11T3FK8/64X memory kit is as good as it gets right now. This kit is available online for $529.99 shipped.

Kingston HyperX Beast 64GB DRAM Box

The Kingston HyperX Beast 64GB 2133MHz memory kit (KHX21C11T3FK8/64X) arrived in a massive 10" x 7.5" x 7" cardboard box. This has to be one of the largest retail boxes that we have ever seen for a memory kit!

Kingston HyperX Beast 64GB Box Content

Inside you'll find that this kit comes with eight 8GB 2133MHz DDR3 memory modules, providing a total of 64GB of mind-numbing memory performance. You also get two color matched Kingston HyperX DRAM Cooling Fans, which retail for $23.97 shipped when bought individually. These fans are a must for those that have cases with bad airflow or for those with a CPU water cooler. When you have all eight memory slots full on an Intel X79 motherboard and the memory is running at 1.65V, it does tend to get a bit hot and active cooling certainly doesn't hurt. We've already reviewed the HyperX Memory Fan, so if you'd like to learn more about it please feel free to read that review.

HyperX Beast 64GB Memory Kit

Now that is what is what a beast of a memory kit should look like!

hyperx-beast-kit-of-8

The HyperX Beast memory kits feature an aggressive black colored heatspreader design that looks nice, but the green PCB sticking out along the edges is an odd choice. Our preference here would have been a black PCB as the entire module would have been blacked out and that would look pretty trick.

hyperx-beast-heat-spreaders

The new Kington HyperX Beast heat spreaders are made from aluminum and are identical on both sides. It should be mentioned that Kingston uses a fairly short heat spreader on the Beast series as they are just 46.4mm in height. Kingston has been reducing the height of their modules recently and we haven't heard anyone complaining about it. This reduction in height increases the chances that large aftermarket air coolers and water cooling loops won't have any clearance issues with the system memory. 

Kingston HyperX Module Heights:

hyperx-beast-label

Here is a closer look at the label that is used on one of the modules of our KHX21C11T3FK8/64X memory kit. These labels don't show the memory timings of the module, but it does contain several memory timing profiles. For starters the SPDs are programmed to the JEDEC standards for DDR3-1333 with timing of 9-9-9 at 1.5V. This is to be certain the memory modules boot up properly the first time you put them in a motherboard. Kingston then includes two Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (Intel XMP) for you to use. The first profile is at 2133MHz with 11-12-11-32 2T timings at 1.65V and the second is at 1600MHz with 9-9-9-27 2T timings at 1.60V. You'll need to set the memory voltage to 1.65V in order to reach these speeds, so don't think you can get away with running 1.5V on this kit. Kingston says that this kit is Intel Extreme Memory Profile (Intel XMP) certified.

Installing HyperX Beast w/ Intel XMP

jedec-timings

We are using the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard for testing with BIOS 3203 and as you can see on the first boot, the system posted with the JEDEC standard timings at 1333MHz. The total memory is 65536MB!  That is a ton of memory folks! It boots with these timings to ensure the system will boot and then you need to go into the BIOS and either manually set everything up or use one of the Intel XMP profiles.

beast-xmp1

By going into the Ai Tweaker BIOS menu you can enable X.M.P use and then pick what profile that you want to use. In the image above we selected the first X.M.P. profile and it loaded up all the system settings needed to run at 2133MHz! This adjusts both timings and voltages, so getting the system up and running at 2133MHz is very simple. With X.M.P. Profile #1 the timings were 11-12-11-32 with a command rate of 2T.

beast-xmp1-volts

Here is a quick look at the voltage settings to show you that it increased the DRAM voltage to 1.650V

beast-xmp2

The second X.M.P Profile is set for 1600MHz XMP operation and you'll notice that the timings are tighter for better performance as they are now 9-9-9-27 with a command rate of 2T. The voltage is also reduced down to 1.60V for this clock speed, so you'll get minor power and heat savings with this memory profile.

Now that we know what the profiles are can take a look at the test system and get to the benchmarks!

The Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let's take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

64gb-test-system

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard with BIOS 3203 that came out on 11/26/2012. We had an older BIOS version on the board and was unable to get the system to boot, so be sure to update the BIOS as ASUS has improved the memory compatibility in recent BIOS releases!

beast-specs

Here is a quick look at some of the CPU-Z tabs for our test system for those that are curious. 

The Intel X79 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

 

Processor

 

Intel Core i7-3960X

 

Motherboard

ASUS P9X79 Deluxe

 

Memory

HyperX Beast

 

Video Card

 

AMD Radeon HD 7970

 

Solid-State Drive

 

OCZ Vertex 3 240GB

 

Cooling

 

Intel RTS2011LC

 

Power Supply

Corsair AX1200

 

Operating System

 

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Now that we know what the test system is, we can run the benchmarks!

HyperX Beast Benchmarking

SiSoftware Sandra 2013a:

Sandra needs no introduction as it is the most popular memory performance benchmark available!

HyperX Beast 64GB (8x8GB) Memory at 1600MHz CL9:

sandra-memory-1600

HyperX Beast 64GB (8x8GB) Memory at 2133MHz CL11:

sandra-memory-2133

 

Benchmark Results: With the Kingston HyperX Beast 64GB 2133MHz memory kit running XMP Profile #2 (1600MHz CL9 settings) we  discovered 40.24 GB/s of memory bandwidth. When the XMP Profile #1 (2133MHz CL11 settings) was enabled we saw the score improve to 47.54 GB/s. This is over a 7 GB/s improvement improvement, which is around an 18% memory bandwidth improvement!  The quad-channel powered Intel X79 platfom is a force to be reckoned with!

 

AIDA64 Extreme Edition 2.70 Beta:

AIDA64 Extreme Edition 2.70 software is an excellent benchmarking tool for looking at memory performance on any desktop PC.

HyperX Beast 64GB (8x8GB) Memory at 1600MHz CL9:

aida-memory-1600

HyperX Beast 64GB (8x8GB) Memory at 2133MHz CL11:

aida-memory-2133

 Benchmark Results: Running AIDA64 Extreme Edition we found the read and write memory bandwidth scores to 16787MB/s and 15057MB/s at 1600MHz with CL9 timings. With the Kingston HyperX Beast memory set to 2133MHz with CL11 timings the read was 18456MB/s read and 15053MB/s write. It looks like running this high-capacity kit at 2133MHz helped in the read and copy memory benchmarks, but the write score didn't go up at all. 

Why the big difference between the AIDA64 and Sandra memory bandwidth scores? AIDA64 uses single-threaded memory bandwidth tests, so it will only use a single thread to move data to/from the memory modules. While Sandra uses multiple threads, so it's a multi-threaded memory bandwidth benchmark.

 

MaxxMEM2 v1.99:

MaxxMEM is another memory benchmark that is starting to become more popular these days.

HyperX Beast 64GB (8x8GB) Memory at 1600MHz CL9:

maxxmemmemory1600

HyperX Beast 64GB (8x8GB) Memory at 2133MHz CL11:

maxxmemmemory2133 

Benchmark Results: As you can see running the HyperX Beast 64GB kit at 2133MHz showed improvements across the board when compared to 1600MHz.

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Final Thoughts and Conclusions:

If you are looking for the largest capacity memory kits possible in order to maximize your systems performance, the Kingston HyperX Beast series is what you need. Only a few memory companies offer memory kits in capacities all the way up to 64GB. These 64GB memory kits are perfect for content creators that need gobs of memory and knowing that it is all backed by a lifetime warranty with free 24/7 tech support if anything happens down the line.

hyperx-beast-kit-of-8

All that memory does come at a price though. The Kingston HyperX Beast KHX21C11T3FK8/64X 64GB 2133MHz memory kit that we reviewed today can be found online for $529.99 shipped. That is a pretty penny, but it is actually less than the only other rival 64GB 2133MHz memory kit, which is the G.Skill Ripjaws Z series at $689.99 shipped. Both 64GB kits have 2133Mhz clock speeds, CL11 timings, lifetime warranties and a pair of memory fans, but the Kingston HyperX Beast is $160 less expensive and the easy choice.

When it comes to performance the Kingston HyperX Beast 64GB 2133Mhz memory kit didn't disappoint with ~47 GB/s of memory bandwidth available on the Intel X79 platform we tested on.  That is an amazing amount of bandwidth and there is so much memory available to the system with this kit! With this much memory some might run into stability issues on some boards, so be sure to update your BIOS before installing one of these kits to ensure that the installation process goes as smoothly as possible.

64gb-test-system

At the end of the day if you find yourself running out of memory and want to max out your boards memory capacity, you can easily do that with a HyperX Beast memory kit. We have no problem recommending one of these kits as it will provide you with years of use and you won't be saying that your memory it full with one of these kits. If you can manage to fill up 64GB of memory on an Intel X79 board then it is time to move up to a workstation! All Kingston HyperX Predator memory is backed by a lifetime warranty!

GIGABYTE GA-X79-UD7 Legit Reviews Recommended Award

Legit Bottom Line: The Kingston HyperX Beast Series lives up to its name and delivers massive storage capacities at speeds enthusiasts want.