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Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB CL9 Memory Kit Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specifications
  3. Test Setup & Benchmark
  4. Conclusion
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Test Setup and Benchmarks

There are few stuff that are changed here. The older board Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H+ AMD 550BE is replaced with Asus 990FX Sabertooth provided by Asus India and AMD 965BE provided by a very good friend. Asus’ Direct CUII 6950 and Corsair’s 500R is under evaluation. This kit is compared with KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis on the benchmarks. Do note that the benchmark scores on the graphs are tested on Asus 990FX Sabertooth. The motherboard by default ran these memory @ 1.65v

Moving on, tried on overclocking and this is what I was able to get:

1600MHz 8-8-8-24 @1TFailed during Boot
1600MHz 9-8-8-24 @1TFailed during Boot
1600MHz 9-9-8-24 @1TSuccess/Passed all Benchmarks
1600MHz 9-9-9-24 @1TSuccess/Passed all Benchmarks
1708MHz 9-9-9-24 @1TSuccess/Passed all Benchmarks
1750MHz 9-9-9-24 @1TSuccess/Passed all Benchmarks
1800MHz 9-9-9-24 @1TNo Boot

These rams were detected as 9-9-9-24 @1T by default alongwith the voltage, about 1.643v according to the Bios. I had to set the frequency to 1600MHz manually though. I was able to get about 150MHz bump on the memory kit, viz. pretty good since Kingston aims the HyperX Blu series for hardware enthusiasts and for entry-level gaming setup. I wouldn’t be shocked if I see memory kits with same default configuration and fancy heatspreaders but not able to bump up the memory kits- or worse even overclock it.

That being said I always prefer to have fans blow air over the memory kits, especially if they are overclocked. There are cases out there, like 500R, that lets you install a fan on the top, either above the MOSFET/CPU area and/or near the DIMM slots area. There are also ways to use cable ties and have a fan mounted on the memory kits- whatever rocks your boat. Its my recommendation to have overclocked memory kits to be cooled nicely.

AIDA64
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PCMark Vantage x64 Memory Benchmark
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SuperPi
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Geekbench
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These are very nice kits. The HyperX Genesis dominates over HyperX Blu on PCM Vantage’s Memory benchmark and when compared to stocks on AIDA64.


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