Kingston Genesis 4GB DDR3 2133MHz Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

Kingston Genesis 4GB DDR3 Review

Test Setup

For our testing today we'll be using our standard P67 test rig, and comparing against our venerable P55 test bench. Firstly today's system :

4GB Kingston Genesis 2133MHz Hyper-X X2 Grey Edition
Intel Core i5-2500K
Noctua NH-D14
Cougar CM1000 PSU
Windows 7 64 Bit

The P55 rig is identical excepting a Gigabyte P55 UD4 and Intel Core i7-870 in place of the LGA1155 parts.

For the memory we'll be running against an identically spec'd Hyper-X T1 kit, running at 2133MHz, 9-11-9-27-1T and the G.Skill Trident at a whopping 2400MHz, 9-11-9-28-2T.


Playing about with the memory on the current Intel boards is both easy and frustrating depending upon your desired outcome. With the BCLK/FSB locked to 100MHz we no longer need to worry about multipliers and such, but can just pick our memory speed from a selection and it's all done behind the scenes.

This is fine if you just want to plug and play, but when we're seeking to extract further performance it becomes somewhat of an impossibility. Our MSI tops out at 2133MHz, which is this Kingston's rated speed. So we can't push it further via pure overclocking methods, but have to look at reducing timings.

Tightening the timings is always more touch and go than a slight increase in speed. If these chips were capable of CAS8 you can bet Kingston would be selling them as such.

It's especially problematic that they are set to 1.65v by default, so we haven't got any voltage tweaks available to us to eke that extra little performance out.

As it was, there isn't any. 2133MHz @ 9-11-9-27 is the best that this kit will do. Even trying for 9-10-9-27 resulted in a failed POST and so, with a heavy heart tempered by the knowledge the Genesis is already rated very well for a £80 kit, we moved on to testing.

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Most Recent Comments

14-03-2011, 06:11:29

damn that some impressive scores i cannot wait till i can afford a new system...Quote

14-03-2011, 07:27:01

(in a Borat voice) "i like"Quote

14-03-2011, 07:55:51

Awesomely fast, affordable and looks great. Finally some unpainted heatsinks. These along with some of their more traditional blue heatsinks on a MSI board will be awesome xDQuote

14-03-2011, 11:54:49

Amazingly affordable kit of memory there! Looks to be an absolutely kicking product. Well done Kingston! Quote

14-03-2011, 11:57:38

the set my mate got are doing 2200mhz @ 9-10-9-26-1t 100% stable and are hit and miss @2000 cas8 but the gains all come from the mhz with them latency didnt gain much in benchmarks.

the one thing (other than the balls out performance) that struck me about them was the look, the etched hyper x on the gun metal grey is such a nich look that they just ooze so much understated class its untrue. i can only imagine how hard it was to get some nice pics of them, they go from a matt grey to shining like a diamond within a couple of degree.

i havent seen ram look as good as this since corsair first released the dominator range.Quote

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