Kingston HyperX PC4300 1GB Dual Channel Kit

Written by John Chen    Wednesday, 25 August 2004 11:00
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Introduction

Kingston Technology is a vastly renowned memory manufacturer.  They've been a key player in the memory market for years and handle billions of dollars of sales a year.  It just goes to show how reliable they are when it comes to making system memory.  They have mainly focused on OEM memory, as well as value memory for typical computer consumers.  But similar to many of the companies today, they've branched out with a line of memory dedicated to gamers and overclockers. 

Many will probably find this surprising, but the HyperX line is only a little under 2 years old.  The HyperX line of memory is backed up by low latencies as well as a special PCB design.  PCB design does play a major factor when it comes to memory making.  Designs can influence the memory performance as well as overclock abilities, i.e., traces and routing can be shortened to produce faster memory transfers.  I remember when I went to the local Fry's Electronics and saw the first stick of HyperX.  I thought to myself, "Kingston makes overclocking memory?"  The blue aluminum heatspreaders attracted me, as well as the price and the low latencies.  I'm a big fan of low latency memory.  I purchased my first two sticks of HyperX PC3000 256MB and was pleased with the great overclocks I obtained.  With a mere 2.85v in my A7N8X, I hit a whopping 223FSB from a rated 188FSB.  Sure it may not seem like much now, but that was more than a year and a half ago. 

When the Winbond BH5 hype began, top overclockers realized that Kingston's PCB was much better than what the competition provided.  Many of the world's top 3DMark scores are obtained with the use of Kingston's KHX3200.  I had a couple of these sticks as well, and hit a whopping 250FSB with just 3.2v.  It's a shame that I sold it.  If you've checked out our review of the OCZ DDR Booster, you'll see that I've had great success with the KHX3500.  With all the talk about low latency memory, how does their high megahertz memory perform?  That's what we're here to find out.  But before that, I must start with a brief introduction about the tour I received at Kingston Technology.