14 DDR4 memory kits of 8 to 32 GB review: DDR4 for everyone

Faster memory has its perks, to a certain extent



Just like with Crucial, Kingston has also sent us a bunch of their memory sets. We tested no less than six kits for this article. The cheapest line of the HyperX sub-brand is called Fury, characterized by a simple appearance with a low, black heat spreader. This budget series also features a black PCB now; in our opinion this is a good development, since it looks much nicer than the standard green we encountered on many DDR3 modules.

The higher positioned Savage series is available with higher clock speeds than the Furies, however there are few other differences. The heat spreader is made of the same black and slightly-shining material, however its design is slightly different.

Kingston lastly also has the HyperX Predator series, which features a higher heat spreader. This means that you need to be careful if you own a bulky air cooler, however the more extreme design will appeal to some users. Moreover if you want the highest clock frequencies out of the box you'll have to buy sticks from the Predator series. We were already quite familiar with one of the kits: we already tested it before in 2014. It turns out that the modules feature different components, however they're sold under the same product code. Kingston claims that performance should be comparable or better, however we'd appreciate it if the sticks were indicated more clearly as new products.

The HyperX Fury kit runs at 2,666 MHz with CL15, while the Savage set runs at the same speed but with CL13. The 2,400 MHz CL12 kit and the 3,333 MHz CL16 kit from the Predator series stand out, respectively due to their low latency and high clock speed. Of course a combination of both is the best in theory.

Kingston HyperX Fury Black 16GB DDR4-2666 CL15 kitKingston HyperX Predator 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 kit
Kingston HyperX Savage Black 16GB DDR4-2666 CL13 kit
Kingston offers three series of DDR4 memory.

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