Kingston despite of its relatively new heritage in the computer business has rolled out numerous products of such impressive yet economical standards that one may find it hard to believe that its just a seventeen years old company founded in 1998! A rich catalog of memory and storage devices makes it a formidable player in this field. Last year Kingston had announced that it will be redirecting its much talked about HyperX division of RAMs towards the gamer segment and as a result of which today on my desk I have a pair of Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB 1866Mhz DDR3 RAM sticks making it a total of 16GB which is surely the sweet spot for all the gamers out there.
The new HyperX Fury memory kits are not only available in a wide range of models bifurcated on the basis of frequency standards that they offer ranging from 1333-1866Mhz but also they are compatible with almost every Intel and AMD chipsets alike. So before we move any further with this beautiful and interesting kit lets take a quick look at the specifications.
- Warranty: Lifetime
- Size: 16GB (2 x 8GB)
- Performance Profile: PnP (plug and Play)
- Fan Included: No
- Heat Spreader: Blue Aluminum
- Memory Configuration: Dual Channel
- Memory Type: DDR3
- Package - Memory Pin: 240
- Package - Memory Format: DIMM
- Tested Voltage: 1.5
- SPD Voltage: 1.5
- Speed Rating: PC3-12800 (1866MHz)
- SPD Speed: 1333MHz
- Tested Speed: 1866MHz
- Tested Latency: 10-11-10-32
- SPD Latency: 8-9-8-32
These kits are available in different flavors of red, blue, white and black which don't denote any performance difference but surely add a ton of value to this kit! A noticeable point over here apart from the Lifetime warranty is the unique technology behind this kit, instead of using conventional AMP or XMP profiles Kingston has ditch both in favor of a Plug And Play (PnP) solution that uses an SPD profile to allow the motherboard to auto-detect the correct voltage, frequency and timings by default. In my case we have the highest rated frequency at 1866Mhz with timings of 10-11-10-32 which is quite impressive.
Also the memory is supported by all AMD and Intel chipsets including the latest Intel 100 series boards namely as the Z170 chipset! This makes the memory not only widely compatible but also very future proof.
Packing and Closer Look
The kit comes in a sleek cardboard box which in turn contains a blister pack holding the RAM stick safely. The outer wrapping is a new addition to this product since Kingston used to ship the HyperX Fury kits in bare blister packs at the time of release, the cardboard wrap not only provides an additional layer of protection but also gives it a premium touch.
Looking at the RAM itself, undeniably its a beautifully designed module and undoubtedly the best looking stick I've come across in a while but none in this price range. Kingston has outdone itself with the asymmetric heat spreader design and stood out from the 'square' crowd to put it in their own words.
The front has the angular cuts and designs with a small series of vents running on the top right and bottom left to facilitate cooling along with the Fury and HyperX branding which is a nice combination on the blue background. On the back you'll find matching line of vents and a sticker with key notations and information.
Mine came in with a serial no of HX318C10F/8 which indicates that its a single module of 8GB and not part of a 16GB kit which comes separately. Performance wise coupling two separate sticks together or buying them in a kit will not effect the performance but only the price.
The HyperX branding is not paint but a textured metallic sticker which infuses a hint of premium appeal to the memory. The all black PCB is a great addition since all most of the system these days are all black inside.
The heat spreader on the Kingston HyperX Fury is not too high and makes it easy for you to install any cooler of your liking without the hassle of measuring your memory clearance. The case is made of aluminum and is interlocked at the top, you can pop it open to see what's inside but that'll void the warranty.
The PCB contains memory chips from Micron of model no 4JE77 D9QBJ. Both sides have eight chips with 512MB capacity each giving you a total of 8GB and making it a dual sided RAM.
Testing and Benchmarks
The test bench for this setup was as follows:
CPU: Intel i5 4670K OC at 4.0 Ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 3
RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB (8+8) DDR3 1866Mhz
Graphics Card: Gigabyte Windforce GTX 950 2GB DDR5
Storage: Corsair Neutron GTX 480GB SSD
PSU: Corsair AX860i 860W 80+ Platinum
Cooler: Stock Intel Cooler
Case: Antec GX900 Mid Tower
Since the kit was already at 1866Mhz I didn't expect much juice left in the memory consider its price tag but I was ultimately proved wrong! The memory can overclock unlike anything I've come across so far in this segment. From 1866Mhz I managed to take the memory at 2133Mhz and then at 2400Mhz without a single hickup, the voltage was set at default 1.5V and timings were adjusted automatically by the board. at 2133Mhz we were at 12-13-12-35 and at 2400Mhz we recorded a timing of 13-15-13-39 both of which aren't bad all. Below are the AIDA64 Engineer Edition screenshots for Cache and Memory Benchmark
Another approach that I took was to change the latency on the default 1866Mhz and try to get some performance boost so I tightened the timings to 9-10-9-27 from 10-11-10-30. The boost was significant for sure.
The SiSoft Sandra memory benchmark is based on STREAM. STREAM is a popular memory bandwidth benchmark that has been used on personal computers to super computers. It measures sustained memory bandwidth not burst or peak. Therefore, the results may be lower than those of other benchmarks.
wPrime Pi Calculation 32M
wPrime is a leading multithreaded benchmark for x86 processors that tests your processor performance by calculating square roots with a recursive call of Newton’s method for estimating functions. WPrime is influenced by memory timings and frequency.
I can't start gaming benchmarks without running my all time favorites Crysis 3 but its a game that no system loves! The CryEngine 3 behind this scenic beauty can bring down any system to its knees and I mean any system. I set everything to Very high at 1920x1080 resolution with MSAA 4X and motion blur high.
Powered by the Havok engine you find yourself in the shoes of a man struggling for survival on a post apocalyptic earth. A beautiful game that we tested at everything cranked up to maximum on full HD resolution
Need For Speed - Rivals
One of the best racing games out there today with stunning graphics and scenic areas. The game stresses the GPU along with the CPU and even RAM at places when the player drives really fast through traffic. Tests were run at Ultra settings in busy traffic, as a racer in bay area.
My VerdictPriced at just $82 or Rs 6000 in India the Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 1866Mhz kit is one of the best memories we've tested or are available in the market out there. It looks great from the get go itself be it its durable packing or the asymmetric heat spreader that gives it an edge over other both in terms of aesthetics and compatibility. Its PnP nature makes it a formidable force for newbies to veterans alike.
On the over clocking end its not a slouch and reaches as high as 2400Mhz without any hassle at all, we even manged a CL9 on its base frequency of 1866Mhz indicating that no matter what one's approach is to OC the HyperX Fury ticks all the boxes right. Kingston has done a superb work on this memory keeping the price just right and sweetening the deal with a life time warranty cover and giving the buyer four colors to choose from. Compatibility with AMD and Intel chipsets alike is another icing on the cake!
At this price point and with a performance this beefy its hard to imagine any other memory but the Kingston HyperX Fury powering our system. I recommend the HyperX to almost everyone who wants top notch performance in the DDR3 segment at a price that's more than justified.
I give it 10/10