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Written by David Ramsey   
Friday, 09 December 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3-2133
Closer Look: Kingston HyperX Genesis
Testing and Results
Synthetic Tests
Application Tests
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3-2133 Memory

Manufacturer: Kingston Technology
Product Name: HyperX Genesis DDR3-2133 Memory Kit
Model Number: KHX2133C11D3K4/16GX
Price As Tested: $318.00 (Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Kingston Technology.

With the introduction of Intel's X79 Express chipset, enthusiasts must now consider quad-channel memory kits, and vendors like Kingston are rushing to assert themselves in this new market. Pushing 4GB DDR3 modules to a very high 2133MHz frequency, Kingston's new KHX2133C11D3K4 kit offers 16GB of high-performance memory for your new LGA 2011 rig. Benchmark Reviews runs it through our test suite to see how it performs.

High performance memory is one facet of a high performance system; a balanced approach to system performance considers processor speed, the amount of memory (as well as the speed), the GPU (for gamers), and the storage device (hard disk or SSD). Enthusiasts commonly concentrate on one or two of these items to the exclusion of others, which leads to systems that produce great benchmarks scores in some instances but drag in others.

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HyperX Genesis Specifications

  • CAS Latency (IDD) 9 cycles
  • Row Cycle Time (tRCmin) 49.5ns (min.)
  • Refresh to Active/Refresh Command Time 160ns (min.)
  • Row Active Time (tRASmin) 36ns (min.)
  • Power (Operating) 1.410 W* (per module)
  • UL Rating 94 V - 0
  • Operating Temperature 0 C to 85 C
  • Storage Temperature -55 C to +100 C

HyperX DDR3-2133 Features

  • JEDEC standard 1.5V (1.425V ~ 1.575V) Power Supply
  • VDDQ = 1.5V (1.425V ~ 1.575V)
  • 667MHz fCK for 1333Mb/sec/pin
  • 8 independent internal banks
  • Programmable CAS Latency: 9, 8, 7, 6
  • Posted CAS
  • Programmable Additive Latency: 0, CL - 2, or CL - 1 clock
  • Programmable CAS Write Latency(CWL) = 7 (DDR3-1333)
  • 8-bit pre-fetch
  • Burst Length: 8 (Interleave without any limit, sequential with starting address "000" only), 4 with tCCD = 4
  • Bi-directional Differential Data Strobe
  • Internal(self) calibration : Internal self calibration through ZQ pin (RZQ : 240 ohm ± 1%)
  • On Die Termination using ODT pin
  • Average Refresh Period 7.8us at lower than TCASE 85°C, 3.9us at 85°C < TCASE < 95°C
  • Asynchronous Reset
  • PCB : Height 1.18" (30mm) w/ heat spreader, double sided component

Increasing CPU speed and on-chip cache memory has reduced the performance impact of high-speed system memory relative to older systems. Kingston's DDR3-2133 quad channel 16GB kit is much more expensive than the more common DDR3-1600 kits. Does this extra money buy a commensurate amount of extra performance? Let's run the tests.



 

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# RE: Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3-2133Ron 2012-04-18 18:10
Thank you for the review. I was looking how strong is 2133Mhz compared to 1600Mhz. Not to much apparently and not worth the extra cost. Surely it will get cheaper.
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# RE: Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3-2133David Ramsey 2012-04-18 18:30
It has gotten cheaper. In fact if you'll check the Amazon link at the start of this review you'll see the price has dropped by more than half since this was written.
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