After looking at so many Kingston products now, We’ve come to expect the same sort of thing, every time a new sample arrives. Were confident it will be a solid and well performing product. As time progresses and we review products from others, Perhaps things will look different? The one point I want to touch upon initially is pricing, It’s completely unfair to base our conclusion on pricing, by this I mean, We compare the product on test against equivalent products from other brands, We grade the pricing purely how competitive they are and not the overall product price it is today. I won’t digress too much, it’s a simple fact that pricing is volatile, once a product is produced and released there is little a company can do sadly.
Focusing on the product, I’ll be honest I was not overly excited about the products looks, Perhaps that seems trivial and petty? I’d argue not…It’s not 1999 anymore and the reign of the beige cases are long gone. Sure there are many out there that couldn’t care less, they want a product that is reliable and performs well.However the numbers of us those that do care is ever rising, Many will make a choice purely on looks alone. Thankfully some brands have picked up on this, it’s not uncommon now to find a vendor rep on your favourite forums, engaging directly on Twitter, Seeking feedback on Faceook. Brands are taking notes and for us the consumer it’s epic. Don’t think your thoughts go unheard, behind the scenes they are being noted. A fine example of this is Kingston’s own Beast series which was released earlier this year. Reviewers and consumers provided feedback about the PCB colour, and Kingston swiftly revamped the product with a sleeker Black version.
When I glanced over the product images, I knew that the heat spreaders we’re not ideal for some, I knows it’s something that has been picked up by other review sites and the consumers too. It’s a catch 22 situation for Kingston, Faster memory generates more heat and requires larger spreaders to cope, the negative being clearance with after-market coolers. You can look at this from either side of the problem, in a generic system, clearance is very unlikely to be a concern, the machine probably has a simple stock heat sink, that’s fine but when you produce a product aimed at the enthusiasts you need to cover all angles.
I could say in Kingston defence, if you’re an enthusiast, a good amount us have watercooling so no issues here…but we’re not all watercoolers and that is a problem. I’ve covered it before, their needs to be something setup up, between memory the manufactures of Heatsinks and memory to solve this. Looking at this from another perspective, It’s not too difficult to spend some time and researching both memory and coolers specs, All good brands, provide detailed info on their products, including sizes of the units. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying if you have tower cooler you can’t use the Predator, just do some research to avoid any issue. The likely hood is that you’ll not be using more than 2 ram slots due its sheers size.
Finally the colours, Its Clear Kingston want to stick with their routes, When I think Kingston I automatically picture blue ram in my mind, that’s fine…but things have changed, focusing in on say Intel’s latest socket 1150 coupled with Z87 Chipsets, Off the top of my head I can only think of one board that has blue on their, Co-ordinating colours in builds now is a big deal, If Kingston want to keep the enthusiast on board, then some more neutral or even better more colours choice will have been produced.
Onto to overall performance, Overclocking was limited and we found little or no gains, Yes we could increase the frequency, but with timings adjusted to give us stability, its not worth it…. Please keep in mind when it comes to overclocking, some products do in general have a point most will overclock too, but it’s the silicone lottery, It can go either way. You should expect More or less than we achieved today. We tackled the question “Does faster ram really help” in previous reviews, and today looking at the predator adds more evidence it does…
I’d finally just mentioned there are now kits from the predator range that operate and even higher frequencies, up to 2800 MHz in fact – at the time of writing, we endeavour to review this as soon as possible. After much thought We have award the Kingson HyperX Predator 2400Mhz 8GB Kit our a Bronze award. Due the heatspreaders and possible conflicts their will causes. A Solid product that needs some tweaking. If you have concerns about the Heatspreaders,colour or size, then go for “Beast” by Kingston. Our results show their almost identical.
We would like to thank Kingston for sending todays sample