Kingston HyperX Savage DDR3 2400MHz 16GB Kit Review
The days when people brought the best components regardless of looks are long behind us, with the majority of people choosing a holistic colour scheme. If you're one of those people then it's fortunate that hardware manufacturers have dramatically improved their consistency so that you can buy almost anything and be fairly sure it will work approximately as well as any other similar product.
The flip side of this is either that it's harder for a manufacturer to stand out, and that it's harder for us to spot differences between products. As you can see from our graphs there is very little to choose between any of the 2400MHz kits, although the Savage is found at the upper reaches of the graph more often than not.
Kingston though have a couple of aces up their sleeve.
Firstly they're Kingston, and the Savage kit is part of their HyperX range. Both of these names inspire confidence thanks to the wealth of brilliant products that have been produced by Kingston under their HyperX label. Add this to the outstanding warranty and you can buy the Savage with confidence. It certainly performs as well as one would expect a HyperX kit to do, which speaks volumes both about the quality of the Savage kit we're testing today, and the standards Kingston have set which leads us to have high expectations about anything branded HyperX.
The area in which we think the Savage excels, as if 16GB of 2400MHz RAM wasn't enough, is the looks. Nearly everyone has a black and red motherboard these days, and the majority of hardware is available in that colour scheme. It isn't even the preserve of high-end components anymore with plenty of affordable options. The Savage looks amazing. We adore the heatspreader. We love the colour which is a deep rich red, but we particularly love the design full of swoops, creases, curves and even the little touches such as the HyperX logo branded on the top edge.
It might be a slightly expensive kit, but you're getting big capacity and fast speeds for that £150 price. Perhaps more importantly it looks like it cost a ton of money too, with no stickered logos. It's all metal cut-outs or screen printed names. Hugely impressive in every regard and a winner of our OC3D Gold Award.