Kingston PC3500 HyperX DDR Memory Review
the recent release of the nForce2 Ultra and the i875P/i865 based chipsets, there
has never been a greater demand for fast, high quality, memory modules. Kingston is
a name that's been long associated with quality memory products and late 2002
they released their "HyperX" line of memory specifically designed for overclockers
and the performance enthusiast.
relatively new to the overclockers game, Kingston are starting to make a name
for themselves, and even the most hardcore overclockers are slowly starting to adopt
their memory modules. At this point, Kingston can easily stand in the
same crowd as Corsair and Mushkin, but which company will take
supremacy still remains to be fought over.
retail price of
$230 CDN ($160 USD), the Kingston HyperX
KHX3500/256 memory kit is decently priced. Two sticks of 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2
would run you around the $260 range, and $255 for the OCZ PC3500EL DC DDR
going to be looking at two sticks of 256MB Kingston PC3500 HyperX DDR
memory supplied to us through
, which are rated to run with memory
timings of 2-3-3-7-1 at 216 MHz FSB with only 2.5V. The two DIMM's we're going
to be testing are not rated to run in dual channel mode but we
had absolutely no problems running them in our Epox 8RGA+ (nForce2 IGP) test
motherboard or other DC based mobo's.
So let's take a look at the blue
I've heard that the
Kingston PC3500 HyperX DIMM's use 4.5ns Kingston DRAM, but as we were unable to remove the
blue aluminum heat spreaders we're not 100% certain of that. If you know
exactly what Kingston uses, or have pictures please e-mail me as I'd love to know.
Enough talk... GET TO THE
the Kingston HyperX DIMM's into the PCstats Epox 8RGA+ reference motherboard,along
with an AthlonXP 3000+ and the most aggressive memory timings man can create (in
the BIOS 2-2-2-5), we began to raise the FSB.
Suprisingly we ran
into a stability problems at 200 MHz FSB but that was fixed by raising the memory
voltage to 2.7V. And that was about it. Unfortunately our overclocking
adventure maxed out at a 216 MHz FSB while maintaining the most aggressive
memory timings. Higher memory voltages did not help things.
Raising the memory timings from 2-2-2-5 to 2-3-3-7 allowed us
to hit the 223 MHz mark but because of the lax timings performance of the Kingstone memory
modules was not as good. Up next, the benchmarks.
Test System Specs:|
13 x 166 MHz = 2.16 GHz
10 x 216 MHz = 2.16 GHz
ATi Radeon 9700 Pro (325/620)
2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2
2x 256MB Kingston HyperX
||40GB WD Special Ed.|
||NEC 52x CD-ROM|
Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive
||Thermalright SK6 w/36CFM Delta|
||Vantec 470W Stealth PSU|
WindowsXP Build 2600
SiSoft Sandra 2003