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Written by David Ramsey   
Friday, 30 December 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3-1600
Closer Look: Kingston HyperX Genesis
Testing and Results
Synthetic Tests
Application Tests
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

CINEBENCH 11.5 Multi-Core Rendering Test

Maxon CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses the computer's performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on Maxon's award-winning animation software, Cinema 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. Maxon software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many more. CINEBENCH Release 11.5 includes the ability to more accurately test the industry's latest hardware, including systems with up to 64 processor threads, and the testing environment better reflects the expectations of today's production demands. For this test I ran the multi-core rendering test, which resulted in 12 threads rendering the test scene. The CINEBENCH score is a dimensionless number that's only useful for comparison to other CINEBENCH results.


In the synthetic tests in the previous section, we saw performance scores ordered, for the most part, by memory speed, which the Kingston DDR3-2133 memory winning every test and the other memory kits lining up behind it.

But those were synthetic memory tests designed to highlight the smallest performance differences. In our first application test, we see virtually no difference, with less than 1% separating the lowest and highest scores.


Blender is an open-source, free content creation suite of 3D modeling, rendering, and animation capabilities. Originally released in 2002, it's available in versions for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and several Unix distributions. It supports rigid and soft-body objects and can handle the draping and animation of cloth, as well as the rendering and animation of smoke, water, and general particle handling.

Our Blender test renders multiple frames of an animation of a rotating chunk of ice, with translucency and reflections. Rendering of this model uses ray-tracing algorithms and the program reports the rendering time for each of the animation's 25 frames. The results are a summation of the rendering times for all frames and the lower the score, the better.


The Kingston KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX kit wins this one...but again, the margin is so narrow-- less than two percent better than the slowest score-- that it should be considered within the margin of error.

Handbrake 0.95

The immense power (and cost!) of Intel's Sandy Bridge Extreme Core i7-3960X CPU virtually ensure that it will see a lot of video rendering and transcoding work, since this is one of the few applications that can really use the resources this processor has. My standard Handbrake test transcodes a standard-definition video of a Family Guy episode to the "iPhone and iPod Touch" presets. I report the time it took to perform the transcode in seconds; lower scores are better.


Here again we see razor-thin differences: with the Kingston HyperX 2133MHz memory, the test system completes the encode a mere 0.8 seconds faster than it does when equipped with the generic DDR3-1333MHz memory, and only 0.7 seconds faster than with the much less expensive Kingston 1600MHz set.



# Overclocking results?Anusha 2011-12-30 03:32
No overclocking results?
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# DITTOkzinti1 2011-12-30 11:00
Where are the overclocking results? Without them this review does nothing more than say that the memory works.
If it cannot be OC'd then the memory is of very low quality, thus, that is how I will think of Kingston Memory from now on. Not overclockable according to Benchmark
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# RE: DITTODavid Ramsey 2011-12-30 14:02
Since even large increases in memory frequency make virtually no real-world performance difference (look at the results for this memory compared to Kingston's own DDR3-2133 memory in the charts in this review), I normally don't bother to overclock memory unless it's specifically targeted at that market-- say, Corsair Dominator memory or Kingston's own HyperX T1 memory.

Memory overclockability was more important back in the days when raising the FSB was the only way to overclock the CPU. These days, Intel processors either have unlocked multipliers or locked-down BCLKs (like Sandy Bridge) and almost all AMD processors allow multiplier overclocking. Granted, X79 does bring back a limited BCLK adjustability, but again, it's just not going to make any real difference. Granted, some people just like to see how high their memory benchmark scores can be...

I also disagree that "if it cannot be OC'd then the memory is of very low quality." Overclocking is never guaranteed and is dependent on the motherboard as well as the memory; just because I could take (for example) this memory to 1800MHz at 9-8-9-22 is no guarantee at all that you could. High quality memory runs at its specs (XMP if so equipped) reliably; there's really no other criterion that makes sense.

If you're interested in real world performance improvements (as opposed to benchmark scores), concentrate on overclocking your CPU and video card.
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# RE: RE: DITTOAnusha 2011-12-30 16:08
what if you are geting them for AMD APU based system? Memory frequency affects the GPU performance significantly.
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# RE: RE: RE: DITTODavid Ramsey 2011-12-30 17:46
Any cites? Unfortunately I don't have an AMD APU-based system to test with...
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: DITTOAnusha 2011-12-30 17:57
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: DITTODavid Ramsey 2011-12-31 13:27
Interesting...I'll keep that in mind, since it appears as though higher memory frequencies can indeed bump the graphics performance of AMD Fusion processors (although it didn't seem to do anything for the integrated GPU in Intel procs).

Note, though, that they were using Corsair Dominator memory, which will typically have more overclocking headroom than this stuff.
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