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Kingston's HyperX line has been fairly quiet in the past months. Personally, I find it quite strange how the memory giant can sleep so soundly when TCCD and DDR2 are reaching extraordinary speeds. I used to be a big fan of their Winbond BH5 based HyperX PC3200 memory, until it was discontinued. Our last few looks at Kingston's HyperX included their low latency PC3200 TCCD, high speed PC4300 Hynix, and high speed DDR2 PC2-5400.
A couple of months ago, before the release of the Intel 955X chipset, Kingston was the first to announce intensely high speed DDR2 beyond the PC2-5400 standard. While it was extremely amazing to see DDR2 reach speeds of 400MHZ+, or DDR2-800, Kingston reached a dilemma. They weren't sure if such a release would be beneficial, considering the best chipset to handle DDR2 at that time was the 925XE chipset. The chipset was certainly capable of reaching 300FSB+, and with the 3:4 divider, memory running at 400MHZ was definitely achievable. Unfortunately, Intel's locked multipliers prevented the motherboard chipset from reaching its full potential; overclocking the CPU would bottleneck the motherboard due to extreme heat issues. This meant that a FSB of 270 could only be reached. With the highest memory divider of 3:4, reaching DDR2-800 wouldn't be possible for everyone. Now you see why Kingston was a bit hesitant to release high speed DDR2; The market just isn't there. Why would you buy such high speed memory if you can't use it for that purpose?
Kingston finally decided to release their high speed DDR2 at a lower speed rating of PC2-6000, instead of PC2-6400. They did mention that they were able to reach DDR2-866, which means a memory frequency of 433MHZ. Their release was a few months back. While it was quite exciting news, not many people jumped the gun to give it a try. Even memory reviews were scarce. I was a little hesitant to ask a sample, mainly because I didn't want to provide bottlenecked results. Now that I'm equipped with the proper hardware for testing, we'll be able to see just what Kingston's new HyperX PC2-6000 is capable of.