Kingston HyperX Predator 8GB DDR3 2666 Mhz KHX26C11T2K2/8X Review
Posted by Heath Coop on Friday, May 16, 2014 - 6:41pm
Kingston Technology launched the HyperX T1 memory series back in 2008. Soon afterwards, the HyperX T1 became legendary among the enthusiast community and for good reason. HyperX T1 modules featured massive blue heat spreaders that dissipated heat away from the memory chips, a necessity for overclocking. After a four year production run, Kingston to go back to the drawing board and design a new heat spreader with better thermal characteristics. So in 2012, the HyperX Predator was born.
Featuring a superior heat spreader design and some other notable improvements, HyperX Predator series replaced the HyperX T1 series as the flagship of the HyperX memory line. The Kingston HyperX Predator offers speeds from 1866 MHz all the way up to a staggering 2800 Mhz. They feature very high profile blue aluminum heat spreaders with a total memory module height of 53.9mm. At 2666 Mhz, the HyperX Predator 8GB kit I am reviewing today is at the extreme high end of the memory speed scale. Kingston only offers one other memory hit that is faster than this kit, the HyperX Predator 2800 MHz 8GB.
Another rather unique feature of the HyperX Predators is the use of two different XMP profiles. Profile #1 is at the rated 2666 MHz speed, while Profile #2 is at 2400 MHz. If for some reason a user is not able to boot with profile #1, they can select profile #2 instead. Then the use can fine tune the memory from there. Due to the high speed of this memory kit, there are many low and mid priced motherboards that simply will not be able to run them at all. The very tall aforementioned heat spreader will undoubtedly interfere will many aftermarket air cooler and perhaps some AIO coolers as well.
There is no single thing that is subtle about the Predators. Those super tall blue heat spreaders are definitely hard to not notice. The extreme 2666 MHz rating is about as fast as DDR3 memory comes. Even their name, Predator, makes them sound like they mean business. Do all these parts a truly add up awesome experience? That is what we are here to find out.
Kingston's take on HyperX Predator
Push your system to the max. Kingston® HyperX® Predator takes performance to thrilling new extremes with the fastest speeds, lowest latencies and highest capacities available in HyperX memory. It has a new heat spreader for greater heat dissipation, plus it’s Intel XMP Ready and compatible with all popular brands of motherboards. HyperX Predator is ultra-reliable and 100 per cent factory tested to ensure higher performance, ultra-responsive multitasking and a faster system. HyperX Predator is backed by a lifetime warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
- Capacities 8GB–16GB (with 8GB and 16GB kits)
- Speeds up to 2800MHz
- 1.5V & 1.65 V operating voltages enable stable overclocking
- Intel XMP Ready; optimised performance settings handpicked and tested by Kingston engineers
- Dual Channel kit tailored for P55, H67, P67, Z68, H61, Z77, and Z78 Intel chipsets; as well as A75, A87, A88, A89, A78, and E35 (Fusion) AMD chipsets
- Exceptional clock and latency timing specifications to enhance overall system performance
- Heat sink design achieves effective maintenance of speed while prolonging the memory lifecycle
- 100% factory tested
The memory kit is packaged in a very simple two piece plastic tray. There are no fancy graphics on the package. The memory is also completely visible. Included in the package is a warranty and installation guide, as well as a HyperX case sticker. The packaging is reusable.
A small band around the packaging tray provides all the basic information on what modules are included.
- Warranty: Lifetime
- Size: 8GB (2 x 4GB)
- Performance Profile: XMP Profile #1 and #2
- Fan Included: No
- Heat Spreader: Blue Aluminum
- Memory Configuration: Dual Channel
- Memory Type: DDR3
- Package - Memory Pin: 240
- Package - Memory Format: DIMM
- Tested Voltage: 1.65
- SPD Voltage: 1.5
- Speed Rating: PC3-21300 (2666MHz)
- SPD Speed: 1600MHz
- Tested Speed: 2666MHz
- Tested Latency: 10-11-10-32
- SPD Latency: 11-11-11-26