Kingston HyperX T1 2800MHz DDR3 Memory Review on Ivy Bridge
Intel XMP Profiles on the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H
As we mentioned in the introduction, this Kingston HyperX T1 memory kit comes with two Intel XMP profiles pre-programmed for your convenience. The first profile is at 2800MHz with 12-14-14-32 timings and the second is at 2666MHz with 11-14-14-30 timings. We are using the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H motherboard for testing with BIOS F6 and as you can see the board properly detected two memory profiles.
By selecting the first profile the kit automatically tells the board what to run the kit at, so it changed the memory frequency and raises the voltages all by itself. Getting your board to run 2800MHz is very simple and since this kit is certified by Intel at these speed on this exact motherboard, you are pretty much guaranteed to be able to run your memory at these clock speeds!
If you look at the advanced timing settings, you’ll discover that the XMP memory profile also set the timings properly to 12-14-14-32 with a command rate of 2T. The XMP settings also adjusts the advanced timing controls, which is nice as pretty much no one understands what all those settings do.
Just for fun we tried out the second memory profile to make sure it was programmed properly and it was. This profile is designed to run at 2666MHz. If you wanted to run your kit at some other speed than 2666Hz or 2800MHz you can, but you’ll have to manually set all the timings and dial it in yourself.
At the 2666MHz XMP setting you’ll notice that the timings are tighter for better performance as they are now 11-13-13-30 with a command rate of 2T. The XMP settings also changed many of the advanced timing controls from the 2800MHz XMP settings, which is very nice.
Intel XMP memory profiles save a ton of time and get you up and running in a matter of seconds at crazy speeds like 2800MHz on boards like the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H!