Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3 16GB 1866MHz Kit Review

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The first model would be the new HyperX Beast, which we will be checking out today, and other is the HyperX 10TH anniversary edition. The HyperX Beast seems to be the new top dog from Kingston as it is sporting a new heat sink design. The Beast stays even cooler with it stepping up the ante with a super high frequency of 2400MHZ.

Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3 16GB 1866MHz Kit Review

 

Introduction

It seems that we are seeing more and more products coming from Kingston Technology, since the end of CES. Probably the most impressive product was the new 512GB and 1TB HyperX flash drive. Just imagine walking around with that much storage capacity in your pocket. There are many new products we see coming from Kingston, but one that we love the most are love their memory. We have seen two new models from Kingston just recently and we just got our hands on one of them.

The first model would be the new HyperX Beast, which we will be checking out today, and other is the HyperX 10TH anniversary edition. The HyperX Beast seems to be the new top dog from Kingston as it is sporting a new heat sink design. The Beast stays even cooler with it stepping up the ante with a super high frequency of 2400MHZ.

Kingston‘s take on HyperX Beast

Unleash the Beast on your system. The vicious HyperX® Beast features a dynamic new heat spreader to maximize thermal dissipation for increased reliability. Plus it looks really cool and enhances any system. Its Intel XMP ready so higher-performing frequencies, timings and voltages are just a few clicks away. The Beast gets along well with third-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors and the latest AMD performance and gaming processors. Put the Beast in your corner and crush your opponents — or just conquer your challenging workload.

Kingston's KHX18C10AT3K2/16X is a kit of two 1G x 64-bit (8GB) DDR3-1866 CL10 SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM) 2Rx8 memory modules, based on sixteen 512M x 8-bit DDR3 FBGA components per module. Each module kit supports Intel®XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles). Total kit capacity is 16GB. Each module kit has been tested to run at DDR3-1866 at a low latency timing of 10-11-10 at 1.5V. The SPDs are programmed to JEDEC standard latency DDR3-1600 timing of 11-11-11 at1.5V. Each 240-pin DIMM uses gold contact fingers and requires +1.5V. The JEDEC standard electrical and mechanical specifications are as follows:


Specifications

CL (IDD): 11 cycles
Row Cycle Time (tRCmin):48.125ns (min.)
Refresh to Active/Refresh: 260ns (min.)
Command Time (tRFCmin)
Row Active Time (tRASmin): 35ns (min.)
Maximum Operating Power: 2.580 W* (per module)
UL Rating: 94 V - 0
Operating Temperature: 0o C to 85o C
Storage Temperature: -55o C to +100o C

Features

JEDEC standard 1.5V (1.425V ~1.575V) Power Supply
VDDQ = 1.5V (1.425V ~ 1.575V)
800MHz fCK for 1600Mb/sec/pin
8 independent internal bank
Programmable CAS Latency: 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
Programmable Additive Latency: 0, CL - 2, or CL - 1 clock
8-bit pre-fetch
Burst Length: 8 (Interleave without any limit, sequential withstarting address “000” only), 4 with tCCD = 4 which does notallow seamless read or write [either on the fly using A12 orMRS]
Bi-directional Differential Data Strobe
Internal (self) calibration: Internal self-calibration through ZQpin (RZQ: 240 ohm ± 1%)
On Die Termination using ODT pin
Average Refresh Period 7.8us at lower than TCASE 85°C,3.9us at 85°C < TCASE < 95°C
Asynchronous Reset
PCB: Height 1.827” (46.41mm) w/ heat sink, double sidedcomponent


Closer Look

First of all, the HyperX Beast series can be obtained in dual and quad kits with sizes ranging from 8GB to 64GB. The largest single model would be 8GB. The frequency range is even more superb ranging from 1600MHz to 2400MHz. Within this array, you have the choice of operating at Intel and AMD set specifications or get the most of your system's overclocking capabilities. Timings vary throughout the series.

When it comes to this HyperX Beast 16GB kit, we find the timings pretty delightful. There is of course the JEDEC setting which would be 1600MHz at 11-11-11 using just 1.5 volts to obtain this. Then there are the dual XMP profiles. The first would be 1866MHz at 10-11-11 at 1.5v and then 1600MHz at 9-9-9 timings also with the less voltage of 1.5v.

Each of the modules is in full length black aluminum heat spreaders that cover both sides of the module. The heat spreaders would be considered short by most people's standards as they are only 1.827" tall but may still cause some issues with CPU cooler clearance.

One side of the module is mostly branding with company and series logos being displayed.

The opposite is pretty much the same with the exception of the product labels.


Testing Begins

Testing Hardware:

1. ASUS X79 Deluxe Motherboard
2. Intel Core i7 3930K Processor
3. Kingston HyperX Beast DDR3 16GB 1866MHz
4. Kingston V+ 200 120GB Solid State Drive
5. ASUS BC12B1LT BD-Rom Drive
6. Thermaltake Frio Extreme CPU Cooler
7. MicrocoolBanchetto 101 Open Air Test Bench
8. Silverstone Strider Gold Evolution 850W Power Supply
9. ASUS Nvidia GTX 560Ti 448 Graphic Card

Testing Software:

AIDA64 Extreme Edition
Super PI Modded 1.5
Flying Wild Hogs Hard Reset
FuturemarkPCMark Vantage
MaxxMEM 2

CPU-Z


Overclocking

Overclocking this kit was fairly easy. And we say this without having to go over the 1.5 rated voltage. Leaving the CAS along and simply adjusting the tRCD and the tRD, we were able to net 2133MHz. And thing north of 2200MHz to 2400MHz would result in an unstable Windows load or no load at all. Talking the votlage to 1.65, a limit we have set on ourselves and slightly adjusting the timings to 11-12-11 we hit 2400MHz.


Results

AIDA64 Extreme Edition
“FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge
processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.”

Super PI Modded 1.5
“In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr.Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.”

Flying Wild Hogs Hard Reset
“Thee world as we know it ceased to exist. Humanity is at the verge of extinction, living in the last closed city of Bezoar. Mankind wages war against the machines controlling vast areas of what became the 'Barrens'. Machines want to control and assimilate 'The Sanctuary' a network that holds billions of digitalized human minds. Our hero, Maj. Fletcher, is a soldier of CLN - a corporation combat unit, established to protect the city. Machines are constantly assaulting the walls of Bezoar. Fletcher moves in when Bezoar's protective barrier is breached.”


FuturemarkPCMark Vantage
“PCMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed for Windows Vista offering one-click simplicity for casual users and detailed, professional grade testing for industry, press and enthusiasts.
A PCMark score is a measure of your computer's performance across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.
From desktops and laptops to workstations and gaming rigs, by comparing your PCMark Vantage score with other similar systems you can find the hardware and software bottlenecks that stop you getting more from your PC.”


MaxxMEM 2
“Is the *little brother of MaxxPI², it contains the same Memorybenchmark routine as MaxxPI² does.
So your reaced results will be comparable to Memory / Latency benchmarks done by MaxxPI².”


Conclusion

The new Kingston HyperX Beast 1866MHz is an ideal kit for those looking for a good overclocking memory from a company they can trust. 2400MHz is nothing to squeeze when dealing with an 1866MHz kit. We have reviewed a kit of this speed so many times and were lucky enough to hit the 2200MHz threshold. But what is pleasing is that we did not have to venture over Intel’s limits for voltage when it comes to their processor’s integrated memory controller. We kept the voltage at 1.65 or less throughout the entire testing phase.

The aluminum heat spreaders of the HyperX Beast may be on the tall side but no to the point where it would become a hindrance to fit a good cooler. These heat spreaders are taller than most of the HyperX line except for the blue T1 modules. The black color along with the black PCB looks great in any motherboards you would find today. This is an important factor to consider since most builders today prefer following color themes where everything would match and flow together.

I can’t say that the price of this kit is pricey. The reason I can’t is because ram prices in general have increased recently. At one time the prices of ram were at rock bottom and the next thing you know the prices almost doubled. We found this 16GB kit being sold for $150 online at popular retailers.

 

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