Kingston Hyper X 2000MHz Review
Kingston Hyper X then. A near perfect demonstration of how figures don't tell the whole story when reviewing something.
Let's start with the sheer quality. The heatspreader and the fan have fabulous build quality with good edges everywhere, smooth finish and a glorious colour scheme. These definitely are a classy product. The blue LEDs on the fan aren't too distracting, although if you are purchasing these it's likely that you either have a blue system already or don't care either way.
Especially good is that the cooler doesn't sound like Heathrow Airport in August. Sure it's not quiet and you wouldn't expect two 60mm fans to be so, but it's also not as deafening as the one that comes on the Dominator GT kit. Should this prove too loud then you can always either insert a resistor or disconnect the cooler entirely. Those massive heatspreaders on the Hyper X definitely do their job.
Performance is undoubted too. At first glance there doesn't appear to be a major difference between either the Hyper X or the Dominator GT, or even between the Kingston Hyper X at stock and overclocked. However although the differences are negligible within each test you have to look at the benefit to be gained as a whole.
Sure 50MHz isn't much, but it still allows the overclock to hit the front. So if you're currently running your LGA1366 system at 1600MHz or, god forbid, 1333MHz, then the difference between your current kit and this Hyper X would be amazing. If 50MHz is easy to spot on the graph, then 400MHz or 650MHz would definitely stand out a mile. It's what we said at the start about Memory not being top of most peoples list but the differences it can make are high.
Finally we need to come to price. 6GB of the equally performing Corsair Dominator GT will cost you the thick end of £300. This Kingston Hyper X comes in at just under £200 and yet provides equal performance, build quality and cooling power.
Even the CAS latency, which often is the determining factor between cheap and expensive RAM, is identical. In the 2000MHz market only the OCZ Gold and G.Skill Trident are priced underneath the Kingston Hyper X and even then we're talking barely. £20 tops. Except the OCZ is CAS10 and the G.Skill is CAS9.
So here Kingston have given us attractive, great performing RAM at a fantastic price. Easily the winner of our Editors Choice award.