Kingston HyperX Predator Review – Kingston’s latest DDR4 memory module lives up to its name as it looks sleek and has impressive performance. With the arrival of Intel’s new X99 processor, memory manufacturers have begun work on making DDR4 modules, and Kingston have been busy at work to be one of the first few manufacturers to release them to the market. That’s right folks, the Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 RAMs are one of the first DDR4-spec RAMs to hit the market.
The HyperX Predator is one of the larger RAM sticks Kingston has out in the market, in terms of size. They’ve gone with the tall heatspreaders, and whilst these are great for heat dissipation, the downside of it is that it is sometimes difficult to install, so check your motherboard’s height allowance above the RAM slots after installing the heatsinks before purchasing these.
The HyperX Predator RAMs come in a wide variety of memory options, ranging from 16GB kits up to 64GB ones, which is what most X99 boards will be able to support. Kingston sent us the 16GB modules, which have base clocks set to 2,666MHz, which can be overclocked to 3,000MHz using the Intel Xtreme Memory Profile in the BIOS menu.
One thing to note is that the Kingston HyperX Predator is rated to use 1.2V and 1.35V of power, which is a good thing as this means less energy will be used to power the memory, and less heat will be emitted. This also means more overclocking headroom as users can certainly toy around with voltage values to get the most out of the RAMs.
With 16GB of memory in tow, the HyperX Predator is a beast, as software and applications open up in the blink of an eye, and continue to remain stable and fast even when multiple instances are open.
Using the Intel Xtreme Memory Profile, we were able to push the HyperX Predator RAMs up to 3,000MHz, as the preset profiles had both 2,666MHz speeds and 3,000MHz speeds with latency timings of 13-13-13, 13-14-14 and 15-16-16 respectively.
Our read/write tests using AIDA64 also yielded good results, as the cache and memory benchmarks gave us scores of above 60GB/s for read and around the 48GB/s mark for write scores. All things considered, the general performance of the Kingston HyperX Predator can be set as a baseline for other DDR4 RAMs in the near future.
The Kingston HyperX Predator shows us what DDR4 RAMs are capable of in both standard usage and high-performance scenarios. Hardcore overclockers may want to wait till Kingston launches even more performance DDR4 RAM before jumping onto the X99 bandwagon for better overclockability.
- Great performance
- Decent overclocking overhead
- Large heatspreaders may cause large coolers to be unusable
Kingston HyperX Predator Specifications
- Capacity: Up to 4GB single, 16GB kits available
- Compatibility: Intel X99
- Frequency: 2,133MHz, 2,666MHz, 3,000MHz
- CAS Latency: 13-13-13, 13-14-14, 15-16-16