Since the release of the the Intel Canterwood and Springdale motherboards Dual-Channel memory has become a mainstream item for computer users. The memory industry responded with "paired" or "matched" memory kits that offer end-users modules of memory that can run the same timings. The enthusiast community and the average end-user have found these memory kits to be cheaper than buying individual memory modules, while also offering identical timings. Basically these kits make sure that the memory you buy run at the same specifications.
Today we are looking at the 1GB PC-3500 Kingston HyperX Kit. This is a line of high-performance DDR memory modules that is geared towards the avid gamer and PC enthusiast. This line of memory has been around for awhile as it was launched back on November 14, 2002. Now that DDR400 has become the bare minimum for most new Intel Pentium 4 systems Kingston HyperX memory is becoming more popular by the day. The HyperX line of memory comes in 256MB and 512MB modules supporting data rates of up to 500MHz (PC4000)!
To find out more about Kingston's products or history please visit the Kingston Site.
The Kingston memory came with a recyclable plastic box and a manual that explains basic installation and use.
An important factor in buying memory is the warranty. Kingston's HyperX modules DO carry a lifetime warranty. This means that Kingston products are guaranteed to operate as specified by their datasheet and in the operating environment for which they were intended, for the life of the product.
Kingston's KHX3500K2/1G is a kit of two 64M x 64-bit (512MB) DDR434 CL2 memory modules. Thus making the total kit capacity to be a large 1GB. The components on each module include sixteen 32M x 8-bit (8M x 8-bit x 4 Bank / 217MHz, 4.6ns) DDR434 SDRAM in TSOP packages. Each 184-pin DIMM uses gold contact fingers and requires +2.6V.
Kingston's HyperX kits are designed and tested to meet dual channel architecture requirements such as those found on chipsets and motherboards like NVidia's Nforce2, and Intel's Canterwood and Springdale. From the Kingston website they state, "HyperX modules are designed for consumers who like to maximize the performance of their systems to allow for the optimization of memory parameters. With HyperX memory modules, gamers and PC enthusiasts can take full advantage of their system's performance with the increased performance provided by the Kingston HyperX modules."
- Memory amount: 512MB
- Access time: 5.0ns
- 434MHz (PC3500) Unbuffered DDR Modules
- CAS latency: 2 clock cycles
- RAS precharge: 4 cycles
- RAS active to precharge: 8 cycles
- Command rate: 1T (1 cycle)
- Aluminum heat spreader for thermal diffusion (Blue)
- Latency: 2-3-3-7-1T if one module is installed @ DDR 434
- PC3500 PCB height: 1.200" (30.48mm)
- 2.6V (yes I know the image shows 2.5V...it is wrong)
Moving on to the benchmarks, let's see how this ram performs!
Benchmarks & Performance:
Intel Test Results:
Our Test System:
- Intel Pentium 4 3.0C 800MHz FSB (Intel ES unlocked Sample)
- ABIT IC7-G Canterwood Motherboard
- Thermalright SLK-900U w/80cfm Delta (Air Cooled)
- MSI Geforce 4 Ti-4800 128mb 8x AGP
- Seagate 120Gb Serial ATA 150 Hard drive
- Antec TrueControl 550W Power Supply
- ViewSonic E90fb Monitor
- BeanTech Igloo8 Aluminum Case
- NVIDIA Detonator 43.45
- Intel Chipset Software Utility 5.00.1012
- Intel Application Accelerator v2.3
- ABIT IC7-G BIOS "15"
All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows XP Professional build 2600 with Service Pack 1A. All benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. No overclocking was done on the video card. Nvidia 43.45 drivers were used on all motherboards for this review. Our testing processor was an unlocked Intel Pentium 4 3.0C. Our default testing was done at 200x15 = 3.0GHz. We did disable the audio and firewire features found in the BIOS menu.
Now that you have the basic understanding of all the general test set-up, let's move on to the Testing!
Results: It is really obvious that agressive memory timings paired with ABIT's "Game Acceleration Technology" is the way to go when looking for peak performance. We found a fairly large performance increase by just tweaking the memory settings via ABIT's SoftMenu BIOS. The pair of 256mb Corsair XMS 3500 modules provided very close results even though they offer half the capicty of the pair of 512mb Kingston HyperX 3500 modules.
Now that I have seen the results, we will look at overclocking and sum up my overall impression of our Kingston HyperX module!
We had high hopes for this 1GB HyperX PC-3500 kit when overclocking. Since we were using a tried and true unlocked Intel Pentium 4, we ran the 1:1 ratio at 2.8V and found the stable limit of the memory to be 460MHz DDR at CAS 2.5-7-3-3. What surprised us the most is that we could reach 460MHz at aggressive 2-6-3-2 timings! Anything above 460MHz would lead to application stability issues no matter how aggressive or loose the timings were set. We then tried to use ABIT's Game Acceleration Technology at 460MHz, but found that it could not be enabled at this speed. Below is a CPU-Z capture of our overclocking results!
With an MSRP of US ~$350 the 1GB Kit of HyperX DDR 434MHz may be out of reach for many users, but it is some of the best high performance memory on the market today. This is also the first pair of 512MB modules from any company that we successfully have been able to run ABIT's "Game Acceleration Technology" at the most agressive F1 mode. We have paired 512MB modules of OCZ EL 3500, OCZ EL 3700 Gold, Corsair XMS 3500, and Corsair XMS 4000 that will not run F1 mode, so we were very happy to see the 1GB Kit of HyperX DDR 434MHz be able to run this ABIT feature. By being able to run ABIT's "GAT" at F1 mode we were getting some awesome performance numbers thanks to the 1GB Kit of HyperX DDR 434MHz.
If this line of memory does not suit your needs check out and see if Kingston has any memory for your individual needs!
- Lifetime Warranty
- Great Overclocking
- Aluminum Heat Spreader
- 4.6ns Modules
- Pricey, But Understandably So