Kingston HyperX Black

Once you go black...

Kingston HyperX Black


Kingston is well known for their memory kits. From the budget range stuff to the blistering high end, Kingston will more than likely have a kit to suit you. Today's offering is the HyperX Black kit, a sleek little number that we'll be giving the once over to see what it's like in the flesh.

The kit we have on show is the 1600MHz 8GB (2x4GB) kit - the staple of any PC looking to get serious with components. The little beauties that we were sent run with 9-9-9-24 timings at 1.65v, and there are a variety of different timings and operating voltages available with different kits. Let's have a look at the rest of the memory's specs before we get into the video.



NameKingston HyperX blu black
Memory TypeDDR3
CapacityFrom 2GB to 8GB per module
Speed1333MHz - 1600MHz
FeaturesXMP Ready for easy overclocking




We love that Kingston are paying more attention to their lower end modules by creating great looking memory at affordable prices. We truly love the look of this kit and would be happy to see it paired with any system. The speed of the memory is what we now think of as the entry-level for those wanting computers with 'proper' hardware. That's not to say that this speed won't be enough for the vast majority of people, only that there's seldom any point in going any lower.

Due to the speed of the modules you'll need to go into your motherboard's BIOS to configure the settings yourself. This can either be done by enabling the XMP profile, which will automatically set up the RAM's speed, timings and volts, or you can do it like all enthusiasts should - manually! This is a simple process that we at OC3D have covered before. If you're interested in manually setting up your memory watch this video that shows you how.

Overall we love this memory kit. Looks aren't everything, sure, but everyone loves a bit of eye candy when it's done right, and with the HyperX Black it's nigh on impossible to go wrong. The all black PCB complements the heatsink perfectly, creating an understated look that would go well with any motherboard. It's about time that all manufacturers begin to make their lower-end kits as good looking as Kingston has. What's more, these modules stand at a mere 30mm tall, allowing plenty of room to fit under a NH-D14. For the low price that memory can be found today there really is no reason not to consider these. 

Thanks to Kingston for the HyperX Black kit on show here today. You can discuss your thoughts on the OC3D Forums. 

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