Kingston HyperX Predator 2400Mhz 8GB Kit Review
DDR3 2400Mhz Memory
Welcome to another review, on the bench table we have a 8GB memory Kit from Kingston, We’ve examined a number of Kingston Kits in the past and have always found they performed well, Today we’ll focus in on another segment of their HyperX product range, We’ll test and deliver our verdict on Kingston HyperX “Predator ” Unlike “Beast” which is targeted at games, Predator is all about lowest timings and maximum frequency. A Pure performance product.
As we all know sadly memory is the most volatile product around, the prices fluctuate all year round, We’d advise to pick up any planned upgrades when their their lowest if you can. Upon checking today we found our sample kit available at CCL for £ 81.42. This is slightly below similar offerings from Patriot,G.skill amongst others, Of course as I’ve just said being such a volatile product the prices are likely to bounce up and down. OK let’s take a glance over the product specs and examine if anything, makes it unique to others…
Push your system to the max. Kingston® HyperX® Predator takes performance to thrilling new extremes with the fastest speeds, lowest latencies and highest capacities available in HyperX memory.
It has a new heat spreader for greater heat dissipation, plus it’s Intel XMP Ready and compatible with all popular brands of motherboards. HyperX Predator is ultra-reliable and 100 per cent factory tested to ensure higher performance, ultra-responsive multitasking and a faster system.
HyperX Predator is backed by a lifetime warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
- Capacities 8GB–16GB (with 8GB and 16GB kits)
- Speeds up to 2800MHz
- 1.5V & 1.65 V operating voltages enable stable overclocking
- Intel XMP Ready; optimised performance settings handpicked and tested by Kingston engineers
- Dual Channel kit tailored for P55, H67, P67, Z68, H61, Z77, and Z78 Intel chipsets; as well as A75, A87, A88, A89, A78, and E35 (Fusion) AMD chipsets
- Exceptional clock and latency timing specifications to enhance overall system performance
- Heat sink design achieves effective maintenance of speed while prolonging the memory lifecycle
- 100% factory tested
Now more importantly, lets examine the timings of the Predator Kit.
- • XMP Profile #1: D3-2400 CL11-13-13 @1.65V
- • XMP Profile #2: D3-2133 CL11-12-11 @1.60V
Which are exactly the same as the 2400Mhz Beast kit we’ve reviewed in the past.
- • XMP Profile #1: D3-2400 CL11-13-13 @1.65V
- • XMP Profile #2: D3-2133 CL11-12-11 @1.60V
Will their be any difference?
Combining one of the most extensive and stringent testing processes in the memory industry, an exceptional free tech support centre and a consistent roll-out of innovative technologies, Kingston Technology has continually set industry standards of quality and reliability throughout its history.
In 1987, Kingston® entered the market with a single product. Founders John Tu and David Sun fulfilled a severe shortage of surface mount memory chips with a memory module that would serve to redefine industry standards for years to come
At this point, it’s very logical to assume performance should be on par. Before benchmarking lets take a closer look at the product.
A Closer Look- Packaging
We’ve seen this countless times and their’s not much to say, it a generic plastic box, As each product is identified via a sticker, it would seem this is just a method to keep costs down, avoiding the need to produce unique packages for different products.
[Image 4] When the seal broken we expose the ram, and boy its bigger then I had anticipated.
Being the largest heatspreader I’ve ever seen it took me some time to adjust, their just massive. Despite this, the styling is really well done, A large Blue anodized heat spreader covers the PCB, a further Black section is place ontop in and X shape, a nod to the HyperX division.
On Both sides of the heatspreaders we find “Kingston” and HyperX” branding, We love the little touches like this. Much like our reception to the “Beast” from Kingston, we would have preferred to see a Black PCB under, the combo of green and blue look tacky. (Picky I know…)Finally a nice addition is the centre section the spreader, between top section of the X we find some nice styling touches
I’ve placed the Kingson HyperX Predator alongside some other Kingston products to put this into perspective, We already discovered “Beast” was just about right when it came to compatibility with Heatsinks, The Kingson HyperX Predator is so much taller and simply will not fit under some.
Now we’ve covered the looks, lets tackle the all important results
Test Setup and method
We perform all tests on a fresh installed OS, No other applications are installed, we allow our system to sit idle for 15 minutes before testing and reboot between each. As the Bench-marking software tends to produce slightly different results in each run, we provide an averaged scored for each chart
- Processor: Core i5 4670K
- Cooling: – Custom Loop
- Motherboard: MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming
- Video Card: Zotac 760 AMP!
- PSU: CoolerMaster 1500w
- Hard Drives: Crucial M4 64GB
- OS: Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit
- Sisoft Sandra
Using CPU-Z [ Below] we can see the two XMP profiles the Kingston Predator has to offer, One for 2133Mhz and 2400Mhz respectively. As the “Predator” is already running at CAS 11 and required 1.65V to run 2400Mhz stable, We spent some time tweaking and testing, aiming for more. I can report reaching 2600Mhz was a breeze but the adjustments we had to make, meant the sacrifice was not worth it. In order to achieve a higher operating frequency we needed to raise the voltage a touch, [1.675] and also slackening the timing to achieve stability.
Remember overclocking is module dependent, each are unique. Its the silicon lottery after all
Benchmarks – Synthetic
AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. AIDA64 Extreme Edition provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory.
We use the “Cache and Memory Benchmark” Feature in AIDA64, We find Interesting results here, The Predator with XMP 2  selected betters the Beast, But when switched to XMP 1  The Predator falls slightly behind, Aida 64 tends to produces slightly different results every time its ran, For this reason we ran it a number of times and produce an average for all results.
Moving onto SiSoft sandra’s Bandwidth test, Same thing again. At XMP 1 [2400Mhz] the difference between both “Beast” and “Predator” is tiny, but its does sneak ahead. With the Speed tuned down to 2133Mhz again the difference is barely visible.
Benchmarks – Real World
We run a custom script to simulate real life use. The script performs a number of image editing functions, Encodes videos and measures multitasking performance. In this instance we’re looking for lowest time possible. Regardless of the numbers from synthetic software, these results will show if their are benefits of using faster ram or not.
The Predator takes the crown here, with the exception of our image editing testing, [which it performed 1 second slower] We see the Predator ram trump the rest, especially in the video encoding portion of the testing.
Winrar is a very common application that most of us use, An ideal application to expose the truth behind the question “Does faster ram really make a difference?”. looking at the lowest scores first from the Mushkin ram, and right up to the top we can clearly identify their are gain to be had from faster ram.
Up next we wrap up our findings and deliver a verdict
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