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Kingston HyperX DDR3-2000 CL8 KHX2000C8D3T1K3/6GX 6GB Memory Kit - The Package and Modules

Kingston's fastest DDR3 memory kit right now is the HyperX DDR3-2000 CL8 kit and today we look at the 6GB tri-channel version and see what it can do.

| DDR-3 Memory in RAM | Posted: Nov 26, 2009 1:17 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Kingston Technology

The Package

 

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As far as the package goes, it's really quite simple and follows a similar layout to most other memory makers.

 

The three memory modules come packed nice and safely inside a black container with a plastic cover so you can see the modules. The red sticker labeled "HyperX Performance" seals the memory inside the container.

 

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You can see below that red sticker is another sticker that mentions the part name, some specifications and so on.

 

The Modules

 

Now we can move onto the more exciting part - checking out the actual memory modules.

 

The Kingston HyperX DDR3-2000 CL8 KHX2000C8D3T1K3/6GX 6GB product comes in a kit of three. That means that there are a total of three 2GB memory modules. Why three modules, though? Well, for users running a high-end Intel X58 Express based motherboard with a Core i7 processor, this platform supports either dual-channel or triple-channel memory technology. So, of course your older DDR3 dual-channel kit will work, but if you want to up the performance a bit and also the speed of the memory, a memory kit such as this one is the go for you.

 

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In the image above, we get a look at the front side of one of the three HyperX memory modules. From the left we see the standard Kingston company logo, the specification sticker telling us all of the details about the RAM (minus the exact memory timings mind you, which would have been nice to see included) and on the right side if the HyperX DDR3 logo.

 

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On the other side of the memory there isn't much different. It's the same as the front side minus the inclusion of the specs sticker. There are no special LEDs or anything crazy on these memory modules, but they do feature Kingston's tall HyperX heatsink that help keep the modules as cool as possible with its passive heat dissipation properties. Kingston were nice enough to send us over one of its HyperX memory cooling fans as well which we used during overclocking and testing to help keep the RAM that little bit cooler during more stressing times for the ICs.

 

As for the exact performance numbers, Kingston has rated these memory modules to run at DDR3-2000 (PC3-16000) with pretty impressive timings of 8-8-8-24 (1T) at the standard 1.65 volts power setting, which is the maximum Intel recommends for any X58 Express based motherboard. Keep in mind your system will need to be up to the task of running the modules at this speed, don't just expect to plug them in and run at this speed. To reach these high memory speeds, your system needs to be overclocked and voltages need to be increased over stock settings.

 

The task of overclocking these modules to 2000MHz DDR is made easier with the implementation of Intel XMP technology and we'll cover that on the next page in the overclocking section.

 

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