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We tried it: Kingston HyperX Predator - which even Alien recognizes

Time flies a lot, we only blink two and write in the middle of October, and we can already feel this on our own skin when we leave the apartment in the morning. The summer is gone, the months are gone, but it was just the heatwave a long time ago, our previous writing on memories is not so much. Now is the time to surprise you with the introduction of a fresh cannon, which once again included Kingston’s hand thickly, as the new Kingston HyperX Prdator RAM family is on the table in this post!

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However, before we introduce them, a few thoughts on buying memory with the intent of helping - you need to set up an approximate sequence of how to buy RAM:

  1. To specify the type of memory to purchase: This is determined by the memory controller in our system and the motherboard, the former can be integrated into the processor or in a chipset. Some motherboards can be considered hybrid and support two types of memory, but this is not very common. So the easiest way to find out what kind of modules to buy is from the box or manual of your motherboard. Nowadays, this is DDR2 or DDR3, and in the case of expansion or failure of older machines, DDR1 is rarely sought.
  2. To determine the amount of memory required: You may want to think about what you want to use your computer for. If you just net, film, play less resource-intensive games, 2GB is still enough. We would not recommend 1 GB with a good heart, as it can easily become a limiting factor in terms of system performance and smoothness. With 2GB of RAM, you don’t need to use a 64-bit operating system, you can safely stay on 32-bit. If you want to run more serious games as well, unfortunately 2 GB is often a small 3 or 4 GB package, depending on whether it is a 3 or 2 channel kit. In this case, however, the use of a 64-bit operating system is already justified. 4GB is pretty much enough at the moment, but if you really play at the roughest quality levels, very high resolution, maybe encode video, edit images, the programs won’t get angry at the sight of 6 or maybe 8 GB of RAM. However, this is really the ceiling, buying more memory than this is very difficult to justify, possibly because we don’t know where to put our money. If we had to suggest, we would consider 4GB in a two-channel package ideal for buying a new machine.
  3. Select memory speed: We have to decide how much fast memory is needed for our purposes, since the faster a module costs, the more it costs, so it is not advisable to waste money unnecessarily. On the net, home theater should not be exaggerated, the pace of RAM is less important. For games or resource-intensive applications, on the other hand, extra speed can be useful, which is determined by the operating frequency and delay values ​​of the module. By implication, it is good to have the former as high as possible and the latter as low as possible, but we will certainly be forced to compromise in some areas. Which feature programs prefer better varies from case to case. From DDR2 today, the 800/1060/1200 MHz modules are dominant, while from DDR3, starting at 1333 MHz, crossing 1600 MHz, the border is all the way to the starry sky, somewhere below 3 GHz, but at 2 GHz. or kits above are already considered a premium product. When buying DDR2, we would prefer the 1066 package, as it may have the best price / performance ratio, 800 MHz may be low, but 1200 MHz products are disproportionately expensive. On the DDR3 line, 1600 MHz may seem like the target area, but prices have now dropped in the higher clock ranges as well.
  4. Importance of memory manufacturer / brand: As with everything, it’s also true for RAMs that you may not want to buy the cheapest, because as they say, cheap meat has dilute juice - of course, if a memory has juice, it used to be bad. True, you can find treasure among the “noname” pieces by carefully selecting or just luckily, but if you can, you can choose from the more famous, well-known products. Some manufacturers stay at the entry level solely with the price in mind, but most companies try to cover the full range, from the simplest needs to aggressive tunings.

We could list a lot of reliable and already proven brands, but it is also certain that by saying the word Kingston, RAMs come to mind immediately. What about this new series? Kingston recommends them for Intel motherboards based on P67 / H67 / Z68 / Z77 / H77, but of course they can be used in AMD systems as well, as the engineers have tested the modules with a number of motherboards to work perfectly on AMD platforms and high performance. be achieved with them.

Kingston HyperX Predator memory family

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With its outstanding speed, low latency and exceptional capacity, the new high-performance DRAM module is the ideal complement to the HyperX product range. HyperX Predator is designed for performance obsessives and tuners who want to get the most out of their system with the highest speed and highest performance hardware.

kingston moduleWith its striking design, the new HyperX Predator stands out from the crowd at first glance, and its great heat dissipation ensures reliable, stable memory operation even at very high clock speeds. The blue-black “HyperX colors” have remained, and the height of the rib (53,9 mm) may even be a little over the T1 series, so before buying, check the available space in the housing, in relation to the motherboard and the cooling. The black X-shaped element has the chrome-looking HyperX Predator inscription, a sure, 5 of the looks of the Predator. Most of the modules are Intel® XMP certified, tested and certified with the latest motherboards available on the market. 

hyperx predator_straight_hrEnd users can easily increase the clock on their system by selecting a profile in the BIOS that does not require manual setup, and the system will automatically associate the appropriate delay values ​​and operating voltage. The HyperX Predator is available at speeds of up to 2666 MHz, CAS delays of 9 and 11, and 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB capacities in two- and four-channel inventory configurations. 

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We received the KHX24C11T2K2 / 8X kit, ie we received 2 4 GB modules with a maximum clock speed of 2400 MHz. The packaging comes in standard Kingston, simple but adequately protected, properly informative plastic boxes to get the RAM ready after purchase. 

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The modules are able to operate in the following modes according to the manufacturer's specifications:

  • JEDEC: DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9 @ 1,5V 
  • XMP Profile # 1: D3-2400 CL11-13-13 @ 1,65V 
  • XMP Profile # 2: D3-2133 CL11-12-11 @ 1,60V

DIMMs can operate in the range of 0 to 85 degrees Celsius, with a typical consumption of typically 2,4 watts per module, depending on usage. As you can see, this package offers two types of XMP profiles, one with a lower operating frequency but better delay, and a higher clock signal but with lower latencies.

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Unfortunately, due to the limitation of the motherboard and CPU, we were not able to test the KHX24C11T2K2 / 8X KIT at the 2400 MHz clock signal, the GA-Z68X-B3 currently only supports DDR2133 memories up to 3 MHz. As a result, the RAMs were measured with the following settings:

  • 1333 MHz 10-10-10-28 CR1
  • 2133 MHz 11-12-11-30 CR2
  • 2133 MHz 10-12-12-27 CR2

The tests were performed in the following configuration:

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Here are the three different setup profiles and the data rates achieved with them:

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It is certainly good to see such values ​​to the eye, a few years ago even our boldest dreams could have included similar numbers. Of course, the higher the transfer rate, the better the effect on the whole system.

Let's look at the scores and results achieved in different test programs!predator results

The Kingston HyperX Predator is another successful product from Kingston. There was no need for too many new, world-saving innovations, because it is still a DDR3 module, but we managed to improve something on the cooling, quality DRAM chips are still added to the printed circuit board, because no matter how many chips it is, at this operating voltage. The design is still paramount, so if someone likes to have an element of their machine look good on the outside, they won’t be disappointed with Predators in that area either.

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The fact that they are fast, reliable modules, in particular, does not even need to be brushed, as our pace test has also shown that the key to reliability is Kingston's many years of experience and quality requirements, and even more tangible, a lifetime guarantee! In light of all this, we can expect that the Predator series is not one of the cheapest memories, but if we choose from the fresh family, we will be richer with a high-end and timeless product! All in all, we can safely recommend the Kingston HyperX Predator series!

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Kingston HyperX Predator

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