Total Value Rating
The TVR graph is the TPR score divided by the price of the memory kit. The price of the memory kit is based on the list price of the model on Newegg.com. In the event the kit isn't listed, it will be based on the U.S. $ MSRP given to us by the manufacturer.
In the event we can't source a price from either, the product will not receive a TVR rating. As with our TPR graph, the amount of memory kits on the list will grow over time and the price of the model won't change from what it was when first reviewed. For this reason the U.S. $ price that the kit is based off will be included next to the name of the model.
In the event you want to find the TVR rating yourself based on the current price, all you have to do is simply divide the TPR number by the list price.
TVR numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number; 100.3 will be 100; 100.8 will be 101 and 100.5 will be rounded down to 100.
With this being the first kit we've looked at on the upgraded testbeds, it's hard to gauge the value of this particular kit when compared to others.
At $103.99 this is the cheapest 4GB HyperX kit we've seen to date. Its performance isn't bad. It's not mind blowing in any sense of the word, but it's ultimately what you would expect from a kit that carries with it a CL9 setup at 1600MHz DDR.
While we have no doubt that Kingston are trying to take advantage of the HyperX name to sell more budget friendly kits, we have to wonder if this is the right move. The answer to that one is fairly easy. If this was a Kingston HyperX kit we were looking at then this isn't the right strategy I feel. Instead, by creating a budget friendly series within that series, in this case the HyperX blu, it does separate itself from the higher end kits we've looked at in the past.
HyperX is more than just speed; it's also about quality and now what you're seeing is a series that you would confidently install in your mums PC. Sure, you would take the more traditional HyperX kit you've grown to love for your rig, while you would install HyperX blus in your mums machine since you're confident in it as it's a part of that trusted HyperX brand.
HyperX blu is the bridge between Value RAM and traditional high end HyperX. It carries the pros from both sides; cheaper price tag from the Value area and nicer heatsink from the traditional line. The PC3-12800 4GB HyperX blu is a good start for the series and we're looking forward to seeing more and more modules fall under the label in the future.
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