HyperX, a leading Gaming brand of Kingston, has been offering high quality components mainly in Memory and SSD for so long. Not to mention the headset which has been dominating the market with comparatively better performance to price ratio. Being specialized in memory and the largest independent memory-based product manufacturer, HyperX leads the market with completely new branding since 2002. All high performance DRAMs, SSD and Headsets have been supplying under the hood of HyperX.
I have been following the Kingston for review samples for a few months, and the recent shortage of DRAM in international market was actually kept them away from me, until recently, I got my hands on HyperX Fury 16GB DDR4 RAM, but, I must thank to Kingston, despite having known difficulties, they have arranged this very sample for me.
Today, I am looking at the HyperX DDr4 Fury 16GB RAM kit. The kit comes in 2*8GB module, offers 2666 MHz bus speed out of the box, has latency CL15, and operates at 1.2v voltage. This lowest voltage allow users to run the component at extremely cool environment. It’s a 2666 Mhz bus and could go even higher, but, it is too early to say the potential it got. DDR4 Fury comes in different module combination, ranges from 4GB to 32GB. This sample is 16GB capacity and has 2*8GB module combination. Lets find out the offerings.
The Package and the Content
Being very simple in packaging, HyperX DRAMs usually comes in plastic tray packaging, but this DDR4 Fury, surprising, came in box. It always been a good sign company offers products in a proper box packaging, specifically in the case of RAMs.
The front side of the box is themed to the HyperX. A red and black color combination with big, bold HyperX logo at top, while the lower left has a look inside view.
The backside has the content printed related to the product. The lower part has a big sticker contains barcode, assembling country, and specification about RAM.
Inside the box, I see a plastic tray packaging contains modules. Additionally, the backside displays the back of modules with HyperX manual and the sticker at bottom.
Unpacking the product, a matte black pair of HyperX DDR4 Fury facing me. What it has in the accessories I the small manual, which really does not matter these days, and a HyperX logo sticker.
The RAM module looks beautiful with an inspirational designed made on the front side of heatsink. HyperX logo with bigger X taking the legacy of DDR3 concept, has truly an epic design work that has been going great for the company and of course, for PC builders. However, why the black color? Simply because it’s an aggressive color scheme and it usually depicts the gamers preference more often than to any other calibration . PC builders, including me,absolutely love to have more black and little red. While I got the product in Black, consumers would find the same model in White and Red as well.
Looking at the other side of DRAMs, both modules displays stickers on heatsink contains general specifications, such as model no. capacity, latency etc. and having the proof of the warranty.
Talking about its design, the heatsink is matte black to matches the mind of consumers. On it, company logo in silver and the series codename “FURY” on extreme left, while the channel type “DDR4” placed at top right creating good impact on the overall look.
The top view has the most satisfying look, especially when the modules are installed on the DIMM slot. Additionally, going with the 4*4GB modules would be increase the beauty.
So I installed the RAM modules in my rig and tell you what, I am replacing the Patriot Viper4 with the Fury DDR4 parmanently. I am kind of becoming fan of HyperX products because the showcase of its products are much better than any other brand.
While two slots being populated, the other two are empty which could have been look even better if all four were populated. That’s why I suggested before, if you gets the opportunity of 4*4GB module then you should get that combination. It would not only enhances the looks but better system performance too.
- Asrock Z170 i7 Gaming Professional
- Intel Core i7 6700K 4.0GHz (Stock) Processor
- HyperX Fury 16GB DDR4 2666 MHz (Test Sample)
- Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X Graphics Card
- Seagate 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
- Enermax Revolution X’T II 650W GOLD PSU
- Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler
For RAM testing, I have used DDR4 platform, of course. I used several Synthetic benchmark programs to get the output numbers rapidly, while closely looking at the latency behavior during the tests. The real world performance has been very unnoticeable no matter how far you go, the peak would be marginal difference which is why I have focused on benching programs only. In addition, I have used another Patriot VIPER DDR4 16GB 2666 MHz CL15 DRAM in dual channel for the sake of comparison.
Synthetic and Real World Benchmarks:
- AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark ver 5.92
- Asus RealBench 2.41v Benchmark
- WPrime 2.10v Benchmark (32 M and 1024M )
- WinRAR 5.20v – Benchmark
- Firestrike 1.0v Benchmark (Physics)
Start off with AIDA64 program, by using Memory and Cache benchmark tool I’d be able to know the latency rate and read/write/cope performance of Fury DDR4. The Fury DDR4 showed positive results on read/write/copy segments, 39083/41101/34656 MB/s respectively. Latency, on the other hand, is another noticeable factor here affecting the difference. Leading the with 52.3 ns, which means, this pair has much better access time than the one in competition, Patriot Viper4.
Coming to Real bench, which is one of the high resulting benchmark program, exhibit extremely valuable and complete array of data. It has multiple test that process and produce a results on it. Image Editing, Encoding, and Heavy Multitasking. All these tests uses the power of CPU and RAM to bring the outcome. More Capacity and higher bus speed means better results will be.
After the tests being completed, I found the results have shown a very competitive tail. It took around 80 seconds to complete huge block of image editing, against Patriot Viper which took 88 seconds. Other tasks have also delivered somehow similar results. Beating the Patriot RAM at comfortable margin in almost all the tests, DDR4 Fury not only impressed with the looks but an outstanding comparative performance, too.
Next up is the Wprime, which generally offers operational results by taking latency into account. Ran 32MB and 1024MB tests as a result, Fury DDR4 showed a bit of improvement in 32MB. However, in a toughest benchmark of 1024MB it’s only marginally better that absolutely unnoticeable. Overall, it’s an optimal performance coming from a better latency RAM.
WinRAR, a file compression tool, works great to analyze the file processing in given time. This tool is one of the real world application offers results in KB/s and shows impact on the real world operations as well. It process a .rar file by using some CPU and more of a RAM. It specifically takes advantage of overclocking RAM speed. I ran the benchmark for about 1 minutes and 21 seconds, which generated 10,881 as result in KB/s while the processed files reached at 852. Seems a good notch for the CL15 RAM.
The Firestrike has draw a very competitive result as can be seen in above chart. The difference is almost unnoticeable, but numbers matters, Fury DDR4 still leading with the 12586 score.
It’s time to test the potential of overclocking beyond the stock speed. Which demands a little bit of tweaking in the BIOS. Here, it only takes a minute to configure the speed and by tweaking in bios
Tried setting up the BIOS for RAM overclocking and I got a butter smooth 2800 MHz straight away, stabled in the benchmark. Now, I looked for another 100 MHz to realized it’s maximum potential in overclocking. Without hesitating I increased the frequency to 2900 MHz with RAM timing being remain the same i.e. 15-17-17-35, which surprisingly resulted in a positive behavior. It seemed a good point as I made it almost a good 9% overclock over stock (2666 MHz). The benchmark has replicated 41619 MB/s read, 44172 write and 40212 copy with the latency rate of 52.8 ns, which resulted in an improved 3-4% with RAM having being overclocked.
Before I finished, I decided to go with another shot and this time, I risked this RAM Kit to achieve an even 3000 MHz mark, yet it responded likewise. It wasn’t stabled at all, so I had to maximized the voltage up to 1.35v, which gave a stabled benchmark, however, with a compromised latency rate.
This isn’t any unprecedented achievement because consumer market got RAM kits with potential of over 12%, but being reasonable, DDR4 Fury has achieved more than I ever have expected.
HyperX Fury DDR4 is one of the great looking RAM I came across, mainly designed and calibrated for gaming PC builds for great looking experience. The black heatsink covered my motherboard’s theme generally well. In recent years, Kingston HyperX has improved its product in terms of looks and ultimately become the choice of consumers. I believe, two modules are already looking marvelous in the rig, but depending on the availability and preference, you could also get four module of 4GB, which would enhance the beauty of them. The only aspect Kingston not considering is the RGB. Which competitors have been taking advantage of, yet number of Gamers and PC builders have considered HyperX.
HyperX Fury DDR4 offers good compatibility to CPU coolers on the other end. This is because the modules are quite reasonable in height (unlike some of the tall Gskill and Corsair modules), which is why the CPU coolers will not struggle to get the fan adjusted over it. In other words, DDR4 Fury is a low profile kit.
The plug and play DRAM module offers an effective 2666 MHz bus speed out of the box. I found the Fury DDR4 performed better than competitor in 2666 MHz category contest. From standalone performance point of view, the outcome of Fury is optimal and if competing it’s even better. However, realistically speaking, you won’t feel that considerable difference in gaming, but, if you’re going to encode/render/Photoshop, the lower latency and high capacity will offer desirous results.
Selling at $195 on amazon, Fury DDR4 offers everything except RGB, So if you are looking for RGB then it is not for you. However, for Non-RGB users, this should be on top of the consideration list. Then it comes down to availability and price list. Yes, you can order on Newegg and Amazon, while the prices of DRAM in international market has spikes, they have on steep point and could go further high in Q3 2018. Therefore, waiting for price to be dropped, in my opinion, would not be fruitful, at least what speculations are saying.
Recommending HyperX DDR4 Fury to PC Builders and Enthusiasts.
I am thankful to Kingston for providing RAM Sample for review