Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3-1600 E-mail
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Written by David Ramsey   
Thursday, 29 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

Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3-1600 Memory Kit Review

Manufacturer: Kingston Technology
Product Name: HyperX Genesis DDR3-1600 Memory Kit
Model Number: KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX
Price As Tested: $89.99 (Newegg and 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. This 1600MHz, 16GB kit runs fairly relaxed timings of 9-9-9-27 and at under $100 represents the lower end of Kingston's "HyperX" line of enthusiast memory. Benchmark Reviews tests it against lower-latency 1600MHz kits as well as Kingston's own ultra-high performance 2133MHz kit in this review.

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 DDR3-1600 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 DDR3-1600 memory kit, at less than $100, represents a compromise between lower-end DDR3-1333 memory and more expensive DDR3-1866 and higher speed memory.



 

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# 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 Reviews.com.
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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
#pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/AMD-3850-Llano-Desktop-Processor-Review-Can-AMD-compete-Sandy-Bridge/Memory-S
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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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