Back when Sandybridge was the norm, memory choice and speed was relatively unimportant. It was hard to find anything higher than 1600MHz RAM for a reasonable price, and the extra performance generated by the faster RAM certainly wasn't worth the significant increase in cost. Furthermore, the Sandybridge processors often had issues supporting faster memory speeds and so for the majority of users it really wasn't a viable option to spend excessive amounts on memory.
With the launch of Ivybridge in 2012, and last year Haswell, we saw significantly better memory controllers in the processors, and with that we saw competition in the memory market open up significantly, with users having more options to be able to choose in terms of performance, looks and brands.
Kingston have always offered a great range of products when it comes to memory. Their old HyperX Blu memory was highly sought after, and finally we see a replacement with the HyperX Fury which is aimed at entry-level games and enthusiasts.
Features and Specifications
|PnP||Plug and Play automatically overclocks the memory up to the system maximum specs|
|Capacities||4GB singles, 8GB singles, 8GB kit, 16GB kit|
|Frequency||1333Mhz, 1600Mhz, 1866Mhz|
The Kingston HyperX Fury looks great and comes in a choice of four colours; white, black, red and blue. This offers users a choice which will match almost any system out there, and for the enthusiast that may be a big factor to consider when buying memory. As we've seen on a few other brands recently, the Fury comes with a black PCB on all of its models, and this certainly does look better than the standard green used on the older HyperX Blu kits, along with many other kits of RAM still available today.
The Fury is Plug and Play and so automatically clocks to your systems specifications. No additional tuning is required for it to run at its rated speed, assuming the rest of your system will support that speed. We've seen countless times over on the OC3D forums where people have bought fast RAM and then forgot to actually set it to its intended speed. Therefore it just runs at 1333MHz and sacrifices their own performance. If you're likely to be one to forget something like this, then the Kingston Fury may be the answer as you shouldn't ever have to worry about having to manually set the speed yourself.
The memory comes in three different varieties of speed; 1333MHz, 1600MHz, and 1866MHz. All of these are rated at 1.5v which is an improvement over the HyperX Blu memory which was up at 1.65v. The timings for the 1333MHz kit are CAS9, whilst the faster 1600MHz, and 1866MHz kits are CAS10. This is a bit of a shame since other manufacturers do offer memory with these kind of speeds at CAS9 timings, but if the price turns out to be lower, then it may prove a better option as the marginally lower timings probably won't make a great deal of difference.
The pricing seems to be around £50 for an 8GB 1600MHz kit the slower and faster kits around £5 either side of this. This puts it at around £15 cheaper than its competitors. We're sure you'll all agree that the RAM looks great, and it's good to see you'll be able to pick out some well priced RAM without having to sacrifice on aesthetics.
We're excited to see how the Kingston HyperX Fury performs, as the kits do look great, and for the enthusiast it could prove to be a great options.
Thanks to Kingston for providing the Fury memory. You can discuss your thoughts on the OC3D Forums.