Published on Friday, 08 March 2013 12:24
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Compared to well over a decade ago when we just had but a few memory chip manufacturers nowadays more and more brands keep emerging most of which just rebrand memory chips from the leading manufacturers in the field and ship them to the market as their own (oldest trick in the book). Kingston was one of the very first memory chip manufacturers i got to know pretty well during the 90's right next to Intel, Viking, GoldStar (LG now) and Nanya so after using their products for roughly 2 decades i know exactly what to expect in terms of quality, performance and after sales support. However although they've been making memory kits for over 2 decades it wasn't until 10 years ago that they introduced their HyperX line of products aimed specifically towards enthusiasts and hardcore gamers. So today we are going to be testing the HyperX 16GB DDR3 2400MHz CL11 quad channel memory kit (KHX24C11X3K4/16X) which was designed specifically to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their HyperX product line.
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s independent memory leader. Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston® now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones. In 2009, the company's sales reached $4.1 billion. With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success. Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.
Now as many of you know we did celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the HyperX line of products by Kingston roughly two weeks ago when we gave away one HyperX 16GB DDR3 2400MHz CL11 quad channel memory kit (KHX24C11X3K4/16X) and two DataTraveler Ultimate G3 32GB USB 3.0 flash drives. Of course the original idea when we launched that giveaway was for us to complete the review of the kit we had here prior to having a brand new one sent to the prize winner but things don't always go as planned and it took us a bit longer. So the 10th Anniversary Limited line includes XMP compatible dual (4/8GB) and quad channel (16/32GB) memory kits clocked from 1600MHz and up to 2400MHz with the KHX24C11X3K4/16X placed at the top. More specifically the KHX24C11X3K4/16X 16GB Quad Channel Kit we have here today features two Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) profiles, one set at 2400MHz (CL11-13-13, 1.65V) and one at 2133MHz (CL11-12-12, 1.65V) for mainboards that may not be stable enough at 2400MHz (luckily our Gigabyte X79-UD7 had no issue with that). However since we previously tested the HyperX Genesis 2133MHz CL11 Quad Channel Kit naturally i didn't expect a huge performance increase from the extra 267MHz but was i right on the spot?