Kingston PC-5400 HyperX
Kingston Technology is one of the largest memory module manufacturers in the world and up until recently hasn't really been known for their enthusiast level of memory. Back a little while ago Kingston launched their HyperX brand for the performance user with their DDR-333 line and now it extends all the way up the top of the line DDR-2 PC5-5400.
The Kingston HyperX modules feature a standard blue heat spreader to assist with heat dissipation. The design of the Kingston memory is quite simple and doesn't include anything fancy which might be just what some users are looking for especially if it is just for a standard system without case windows. Although this is not to say the Kingston modules are ugly - the HyperX logo looks quite funky, actually.
The samples we received from Kingston did not come in retail packaging and from what we can see your only option when buying this RAM is OEM but that is perfectly okay since it helps keep costs down and it's not like you need any drivers for your memory.
You can buy these modules in Dual Channel kits of 1GB or individual sticks of 256MB or 512MB. At the time of writing the best price of the 1GB Dual Channel HyperX PC-5400 is around $278 US at Mwave. This makes it about $30 US cheaper than the Corsair Pro memory but about $40 US more expensive than the OCZ memory. So basically the Kingston is positioned price wise about half way.
The Kingston HyperX memory is rated with default timings of 4-4-4-10 which also places it right in the middle of Corsair and OCZ. Like OCZ, the default voltage of the Kingston memory is 1.8V and unfortunately the highest stable voltage we could push through the HyperX memory was 1.9V. The memory would post at 2.05V and 2.0V but lock up before the system had a chance to get into Windows. With a little burn in time (like running in your car, for about a month) there is a chance this memory might begin to like the higher voltages but we aren't in the position to test for that long.
Now we've finished taking a closer look at each of the modules, let's move onto overclocking and see what we could get out of each stick.
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