Kingston HyperX LoVo DDR3 1600MHz CL9 4GB Kit & HyperX Black Fan
Kingston Technology Company, founded in 1987, is world’s independent memory leader with more than 2,000 memory products in every field. Kingston offers memory solutions for pretty much every machine that requires a memory from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones.
In 2002, Kingston launched new HyperX line of high-performance memory modules. HyperX modules are specially engineered for PC enthusiasts and Overclockers.
In March 2010, Kingston diverted a bit from their sole purpose of HyperX memory and launched HyperX LoVo, or Low Voltage memory, ideal for users who can benefit from lower power and reduced heat. LoVo modules also lower ambient noise to give users a better HTPC experience.
They are especially designed for power conscious users. Unlike, traditional DDR3 memory which are rated at 1.5-1.65v, HyperX LoVo memory kits are rated to run at 1.25v and 1.35v depending on the kit you choose. Low voltage memory kits not only benefits power conscious users but overclockers and PC enthusiasts also found them interesting. By increasing the voltage to 1.5-.165v these kits can be overclocked pretty high as compared to the kits which are already rated at 1.5-1.65v.
Kingston is offering them in following variations:
These kits are specially optimized for Intel P55 Chipset.
Today, we’ll have a detailed look at a member of HyperX LoVo family of memory kits - KHX1600C9D3LK2/4GX. It’s rated to run at 1600MHz (9-9-9-24) with only 1.35v.
Apart from memory, we’ll also have a quick look at Kingston HyperX Black fan. I was initially released in blue color but recently Kingston launched it in black color to match industry’s ‘all-black’ trend.
Packaging and the Memory:
Something that is supposed to save the environment in one way or other is usually green. Since, HyperX LoVo is doing pretty much the same task so it comes in a green and white themed box with nature friendly cartoons over it. You can easily identify from the packaging that this thing is environment friendly but I am not sure if only the cartoons are environment friendly or the packaging itself is made up of some environment friendly paper.
Anyhow, the front of the box gives a nice glimpse of the memory modules and oh-mate they are also green!!
Back of the box states some of the key features of the memory along with a little sticker which shows product number, bar codes and other stuff like that. Kingston has really gone ahead on saving the world, small logos show that the packaging is made up of 80% recycled paper and it’s printed with Soy ink.
It also states that this kit is 100% tested and its covered by Kingston’s Lifetime warranty and free technical support.
The memory modules come packed in a black plastic shell with transparent top.
Kingston also included a Warranty and Installation Guide with this kit.
Like I mentioned earlier, Kingston LoVo memory modules comes with green colored heat spreaders. Basically, these are the same heat spreader Kingston has been using in most of the HyperX modules; the only key difference is the color. LoVo modules have green instead of light blue. Heat spreaders on these modules aren’t that bulky, they are simple are small because with low voltage operation memory chips don’t need any kind of aggressive cooling.
As you can clearly see, this is a dual channel kit. Each module contains 2GB of memory chips. They are rated to run at 1600MHz (9-9-9-24) at 1.35v on any P55 motherboard.
Both sides of the heat spreaders are same except the sticker. One side holds the sticker with Kingston LoVo logo and other technical information.
Kingston LoVo comes with traditional green colored PCB but for the first time the green PCB is looking good. Nothing else could have looked better than this.
Let’s move onto the HyperX Fan now. It’s being shipped with a couple of HyperX T1 kits but you can also buy it separately for only 23USD. The one we have here is the separate unit in black color.
It comes in a nice black and bluish-white box with a little area on front through which you can sneak onto the fan itself.
Back of the box describes the main features in a number of different languages.
HyperX Fan comes with an installation guide and 4 thumb screws which are need to install it. Installation is pretty easy and quick.
Unlike the initial one, this new one comes with an all-black anodized finish.
HyperX Fan comes with two 60mm clear fans that are wired together and into one 3-pin fan header.
The fans have 4 LEDs each which are blue in color. They are rated for 12 Volts and draw up to 0.16 Amps each. They operate at a whisper quiet noise level of 25dBA. The fans can be easily removed for cleaning purposes as they are attached to a metal frame which slides into the top body.
The stand or holders also have the same finish as rest of the fan body. They come with this ‘X’ shaped cut which adds quite a lot of glamour to them.
With the holder installed it should look like this. It has ‘HyperX’ accents all over.
When it’s up and running, it adds a lot of bling to the rig and looks really good.
Overclocking and Testing:
Like every other DDR3 memory, this kit runs at JEDEC standard (1333MHz, CL9) by default. To achieve its rated speeds, you can enable XMP from BIOS. This particular memory kit features 2 XMP profiles, Low Voltage and Ultra-Low Voltage. The Low Voltage one runs at 1600MHz CL9 at 1.35v, the Ultra-Low Voltage runs at 1333MHz CL9 at only 1.25v.
Here is a shot of CPUz showing XMP, part number and other info of this memory kit.
I’ll overclock this memory far ahead of its XMP profile speeds but before we look at how well this memory kit overclocks let’s have a quick look at some facts about memory overclocking and my overclocking procedure:
Memory overclocking is a very difficult task. There are a lot of things you have to keep in mind to get the most out of it. There are many settings and you need to find the best possible combination. Increasing memory speed will not give you enough boost until you fine tune your timings too and other way around. Timings play a vital role in your memory performance. Then voltage comes into play, you can’t keep on increasing memory voltage especially with X58 and P55 chipset as memory controller (IMC) is located on your processor and too much voltage can damage it. To achieve higher memory clocks increasing memory voltage only will not help, you’ll need to increase IMC voltage as well. Overall, it’s a very complicated and time consuming process.
- As most of you know that memory is linked with base clock. We need to change base clock in order to change memory speed hence it changes overall speed of processor but we’ll try to keep processor clock near 4.0GHz by changing multiplier when needed.
- Memory stability will be tested with MemTest, it’s a small but very handy tool to test stability of memory.
- I’ll test the memory modules in Dual Channel mode.
Below is a graph showing the overclocked speeds and timings of this LoVo memory kit.
Kingston HyperX LoVo overclocked pretty well for a ‘power-saving’ memory kit. Once the voltage is turned up to traditional value of 1.65v this kit turns into a beast.
It can reach a little over its rated speed with CL7 timings with voltage increased to 1.65v. Crosses 1800MHz with CL8 and reaches almost 2100MHz easily with CL9 timings.
With tuning the timings a little bit more to 9-11-9-27, its reaches a whooping 2270MHz.
Let’s move onto the performance testing part now.
- Lavalys Everest:
Lavalys created and developed market leading computer diagnostics, hardware monitoring, network audit, and benchmarking software solutions based on our proven, award-winning EVEREST technology.
We used Lavalys Everest Memory Benchmark tool to test read, write and copy speeds. Furthermore we also tested Latency.
- MaxxMEM Preview:
It tests your computer’s raw memory performance, combining copy, read, write and latency tests into one global score. It contains the same Memory benchmark routine as MaxxPI does. So your reached results will be comparable to Memory/ Latency benchmarks done by MaxxPI.
Total MaxxMEM Marks
Kingston HyperX LoVo, it’s not really meant for hardware enthusiasts or hardcore overclockers. It’s here to save the world by saving some power. It may not make a big difference in overall power consumption of your rig but it’ll surely do its bit. Mainly, it can be computers where you do want performance but keeping the power consumption to the lowest level like home data servers or HTPCs. It has two XMP profiles, 1st one offers 1.35v and 2nd one gives a super low 1.25v.
Both of the XMP profiles are weak for a performance user but if you really want to get performance out of this kit, it’ll give what you want. With voltage turned up to 1.65v, this ‘green’ kit can reach almost 2300MHz, which is really impressive for such a kit.
HyperX LoVo is a different kind of product. It may not be that popular among overclockers and enthusiasts but it surely has a place in market. Such kind of products can never be neglected. I hope Kingston comes up with more ‘green’ kind of products.
It retails for around 120USD. Furthermore, it’s backed up by Kingston’s Lifetime warranty with free technical support.
• Low power consumption with XMP profiles
• Kingston’s Lifetime warranty
• Overclocks pretty well
• Comparatively bad performance with XMP profiles