Kingston LoVo 1866 Memory Review
Consistent I think best describes our results today.
Very little, if anything, has given us such a comprehensively predictable set of results across our testing. Normally a product will be good in certain areas and possibly not quite so good in others. It's why we test using the software we use.
However the Kingston LoVo stood proudly astride our graphs no matter what we tested. The strangest results actually came when it was using the XMP1 profile to go up against the only other low voltage kit we've tested, the G.Skill ECO. The G.Skill is CAS7, whereas the Hyper-X LoVo is CAS9, yet the Kingston was still just ahead by a nose in nearly all our tests.
Overclocking performance was nothing short of brilliant. It would be tempting to assume that just because this is low-voltage it might not be quite up to the task of running as hard as its more performance orientated brethren. However this was miles from the case as we got it up to 2200MHz whilst remaining within ATX specifications.
Before we wrap up we need to say a little something about the 8GB goodness compared to the 4GB that we normally test on our P55 platform. Memory is, to a small degree, one of those things that has diminishing returns. If you've only got 1GB then 2GB will be infinitely smoother. Equally the leap from 2GB to 4GB has noticeable performance improvements too. Once you cross the 4GB thresh-hold it's harder to spot those differences unless you're working with immense file-sizes and six or seven things at once.
Thankfully we often do that here at OC3D. When we're collating all our results and things it's not a shock to find four or five explorer windows, our graphing program, Excel and Firefox open, along with Photoshop and about a dozen massive images. Whereas we normally do this on a 6GB equipped LGA1366 rig, but for this review we used the rig we'd benched on. With 4GB there was definite performance reduction with everything open. However with 8GB it was a breeze. Not a lot more than with the 6GB 1366, but definitely more than with 4GB on a P55.
The pricing makes the conclusion a little stickier and less clear cut. 4GB of the LoVo will set you back £150. This is compared to 4GB of the G.Skill at around £110. If you're running at the XMP 1 profile (1600 @ 1.25v) then the small performance increase it has, coupled to the very minor performance improvements, make it a very close call.
However, if you run at 1866MHz, or plan to overclock, then this is bullet-proof, and consistent in all tasks. We're happy to award it the OC3D Recommended award for performing so well under such low voltage, whilst still being an able overclocker.