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Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB 3000MHz DDR4 Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. Overclocking Impressions
  4. Test Setup and Testing Methodology
  5. AIDA64 Memory Benchmark
  6. PCMark 8 Benchmark
  7. Handbrake Encoding Benchmark
  8. Game Benchmarks
  9. Conclusion
  10. Online Purchase Links
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Earlier, I reviewed the i7-5960X. Along with the newer processor and newer architecture, we had to test it with newer platforms- Intel X99 Chipset-based motherboard and a DDR4 memory. A complete brand-new platform.

Like one had the question during the time in early DDR3 days, one will ask- what’s the real-world performance variants between different frequency/timing of DDR4 kits. After understanding the real-world benefits of an Intel Haswell-E i7-5960X, I included a 4K .mov to .mkv conversion test using Handbrake. There are certain advantages DDR4 holds. The minimum power requirement for DDR3 is 1.5v, where for DDR4 is 1.2v.

Furthermore, DDR3 frequency were 1066MHz, 1333MHz, 1600, 1866 and 2133MHz. DDR4 provides 1600, 1866, 2133, 2400, 2666, 3000 and 3200. Do note that at the time of writing, DDR3 has a low-voltage standard (DDR3L at 1.35v). The densities per chip are also increased from 512Mb-8gb to 2Gb-16gb, enabling memory manufacturers to pack more space. So you’ll see a lot of 4GB per stick as single-sided ones. The internal banks are doubled to 16. DDR3’s density allowed memory stick/kits from 512MB to 16GB max, whereas 4GB to 32GB on DDR4. Physically, they’re different as well. Although the module pin counts between DDR2 and DDR3 is 240, DDR4 has a module pin count of 288.

As of now, DDR4 is Haswell-E only. So people with certain requirements in enterprise workload (and with enthusiasts) would be on a look-out for such kits. It’s nice to see a bump in the frequency, space-per-chip and low voltage compared to a previous standard. But one important factor (at least till the time it matures to a point that mainstream and low-end hardware utilize DDR4 spec) is the latency. But that’s something we’ll keep on noticing as we start doing DDR4 memory kit reviews. Predator DDR4 HX430C15PBK4_16_02

Coming back to Kingston, this is labeled as Predator under HyperX series. As of now, Predator is a brand new sub-branding(?) only for DDR4 as of now. This is the first DDR4 review I am doing, so let’s see how this performs when compared with different DDR4 frequency settings.

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