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-- Kingston HyperX PC3200 CL2 1GB DDR
-- Category: Review
-- Posted by: GideonX
-- Posted on: 2004-07-17
-- Price: ~ $356.00 USD
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On our Corsair Xl3200 tests, we managed to only achieve a 206FSB speed at 1:1 CPU:memory ratio, which is not much at all. The HyperX modules managed a NICE increase to 216FSB at 2-2-2-5!

Great increase at tight timings, but we want more. The max that we will be testing with will be 2.5-3-3-6 timings. As these modules are meant for low latency, we will keep it low as best we can. I'm sure it can achieve some insane marks using 4-4-4-8, but that defeats the purpose of this review.

After a bit of tweaking, we arrived at 255FSB (DDR514), very impressive. However, it was not entirely stable as we would see artificats in certain games and general Windows applications would fail occasionally. After 24 hours of testing over and over again, 250FSB was the ideal plateau for rock solid stability. Strangely enough, this is the same that we achieved with our Corsair sample.

Instead of benching at 216, we'll see how it compares at the same 250FSB we accomplished with our Corsair kit. Let's see what type of scores we have now:

Sisoft Sandra 04 Buffered

( 250 / DDR500 )

Corsair XL3200 Pro 1GB int: 6011 float: 5972 (MB/s)
Kingston HyperX PC3200 1GB

int: 6010 float: 5963 (MB/s)

Higher is better

PiFast calculator (Digits: 10000000, Method: Chudnovsky, Size of FFT: 1024):

PiFast

( 250 / DDR500 )

Corsair XL3200 Pro 1GB 43.00 secs
Kingston HyperX PC3200 1GB 43.16 secs

Lower is better

PCMark 2002 memory:

PCMark 2002

( 250 / DDR500 )

Corsair XL3200 Pro 1GB 10596
Kingston HyperX PC3200 1GB 10262

Higher is better

At higher bus speeds, the Corsair modules inched ahead claiming the lead by just a hair.

Overall, the Kingston HyperX is THE best bang for your buck 1GB dual chan kit, hands down. Comparing dollar for performance, this can't be beat. The retail pricing is at $356.00 for the 1GB dual pack and $179.99 for the 512MB version. These prices are MSRP, which should be lower when retailers start stocking them in the near future.

At the stock 2-2-2-5 timings, the HyperX is incredible. Attaining a stable overclock of 216FSB, it can provide a large amount of bandwidth and performance at low latency, ideal for AMD users. If you need ram without the pizazz and just want a pair of modules that are work horses, you want these.



Pros:

  • High overclock at tight 2-2-2-5 timings
  • Heatshields included
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Nicely priced


  • Cons:

    • None

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