|Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3-1600|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Memory|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Friday, 30 December 2011|
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Closer Look: Kingston HyperX Genesis
The Kingston KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX memory kit is delivered in a plastic tray with slots that hold the modules upright. I prefer this to the more standard practice of enclosing each module in an individual plastic shell. The Kingston tray has slots for 10 DIMMs and can be used to store memory you're not using.
The individual modules use blue-anodized low-profile aluminum heat spreaders. Kingston specs these at 30mm high, but I measure just under 32mm as shown below. I recommend low-profile memory for X79 Express systems since many CPU air coolers will extend over one or both sets of DIMM sockets.
Most of the information on the label is probably internal Kingston parts numbers and the like, but the DDR3 speed (XMP profile, anyway) and memory kit size can be determined from the "KHX" part number. The 1.65V voltage shown is for the XMP profile. If for some reason you want to run this memory at 1333Mhz, it'll work fine at 1.50V.
Overall, Kingston's blue anodized heat spreaders with bright accents make for an attractive package. Of course, they won't be very visible installed in your system; even a windowed case will only show the uninteresting tops of the memory modules.
Although the SPD timings on these modules are for 1333MHz, anyone buying this memory would immediately set the XMP profile of DDR3-1600 at 9-9-9-27. These timings are fairly loose but help keep the cost of the kit low...and, as we'll see, don't hamper real-world performance.
Join me as I explain my test methodology in the next section.