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Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz Memory Review




Kingston Technology has been around since 1998 and impressing enthusiasts and system builders the whole time. Their HyperX DDR3 memory line consists of a wide range of products. When the X99 chipset motherboards were released, Kingston quickly followed with DDR4 kits. The first to be released war the HyperX Predator DDR4 series, with the HyperX Fury DDR4 coming shortly thereafter.

The HyperX Fury DDR4 has proven to be quite popular with the X99 crowd. Now that Z170 chiptset motherboards have been released, Kingston is not offering dual channel kit targets specifically at those users. They are offered with the same black medium profile aluminum heat spreaders, black printed circuit boards, and still feature the same automatic overclocking feature. This is something that is sure to get the attention of many Z170 enthusiasts. 

Kingston’s take on the HyperX Fury 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz (Model HX426C15FBK2/8) Memory Kit

Automatic overclocking for X99 platforms

HyperX® FURY DDR4 can handle even the toughest battle. It automatically recognizes its host platform and overclocks to the highest frequency published (up to 2666MHz) — so you can wreak havoc.

FURY DDR4 runs at 1.2V, even at 2666MHz, so it stays cooler while you play. You don’t need to alter the voltage to reach higher speeds, which means there’s more power for other hardware in the system. FURY’s sleek, asymmetrical black heat spreader provides enhanced thermal dissipation to help keep your cool and help you stand out from the crowd. It complements Intel’s 6- or 8-core processors for faster video editing, 3D rendering, gaming and AI processing.

FURY is affordable and available in kits with capacities up to 64GB in black — which means you can meet your fate in style. It’s backed by a lifetime warranty, free technical support and legendary reliability.

  • Automatic overclocking — up to 2666MHz
  • Low power consumption at 1.2V
  • Optimized for Intel’s X99 chipset
  • Stylish low profile heat spreader in black


Let’s take a closer look on the next page.

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The Kingston HyperX Fury is packaged in a simple plastic tray with a clear lid. The memory is partially visible visible. There is also a label denoting which modules are included in the package.

The modules sit in grooved slots in the tray. The packaging is reusable.


A Closer Look

The HyperX Fury white RAM feature a smooth semi-gloss black finish, with machined accents and white printing. The entire HyperX Fury series also feature black PCB’s.

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The more modern cosmetics of the HyperX Fury are quite evident. Kingston chose not to go overboard with them though, allowing for a broader appeal. At 32.24mm high, they should be able to clear most aftermarket coolers.

Kingston attaches a label to each memory module that contains the specific information regarding that exact module, with the exception of the timing values.


On to Testing.

<--pagebreak-->” border=”0″ height=”1″ src=”file:///C:/Users/Heath/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif” width=”1″></p><h2><strong>System Configuration, Installation, and Performance Testing</strong></h2><h3><strong>Testing Setup</strong></h3><p><strong>Testing Hardware</strong></p><ul><li>Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 7 Motherboard</li><li>Intel Core i7 6700K Processor</li><li>Kingston HyperX 3K 480GB Solid State Drive</li><li>Custom Water Cooling</li><li>Spotswood Small Tech Bench</li><li>XFX PRO850W XXX Edition 850w Silver Power Supply</li><li>PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo Graphics Card</li></ul><p><strong>Testing Software:</strong></p><ul><li>Microsoft Windows 10 Home</li><li>AIDA64 Engineer Edition</li><li>Passmark Performance Test</li><li>SiSoft Sandra</li><li>7-Zip</li><li>Super Pi Modded 1.5</li><li>Fritz Chess</li><li>Unigine Heaven</li><li>3DMark – Firestrike</li></ul><h3><strong>Configuring the Bios</strong></h3><p>Configuring the RAM for my Intel X99 based system is as simple. With XMP profile 1 selected, so the BIOS automatically configured the correct speed of 2666MHz and with timings of 15-17-17-35-2T.</p><p align=

Benchmark Results

AIDA64 Engineer 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.”


Passmark Performance Test – Memory Mark – Threaded

“Fast, easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark PerformanceTest ™ allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.”

SiSoft Sandra

“SiSoftware Sandra provides a robust package of diagnostic tools for testing your system and teasing out its problems–or potential headaches.”


“This form allows you to measure the performance of your computer.The benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reaches 100, the score is taken.”

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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.”


Fritz Chess

“Fritz Chess is a benchmark in which a fictitious game of chess is played. As each move has to be calculated by the computer, it is an excellent test of CPU muscle.”


Game testing continued on next page.

<--pagebreak-->” border=”0″ height=”1″ src=”file:///C:/Users/Heath/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif” width=”1″></p><h2><strong>Game Benchmark Results</strong></h2><p><strong>Heaven</strong></p><p>“Heaven Benchmark immerses a user into a magical steampunk world of shiny brass, wood and gears. Nested on flying islands, a tiny village with its cozy, sun-heated cobblestone streets, an elaborately crafted dirigible above the expanse of fluffy clouds, and a majestic dragon on the central square gives a true sense of adventure. An interactive experience with fly-by and walk-through modes allows for exploring all corners of this world powered by the cutting-edge UNIGINE Engine that leverages the most advanced capabilities of graphics APIs and turns this benchmark into a visual masterpiece.”</p><p align=

3DMark – Firestrike

“The new 3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your hardware. With three all new tests you can bench everything from smartphones and tablets, to notebooks and home PCs, to the latest high-end, multi-GPU gaming desktops. And it’s not just for Windows. With 3DMark you can compare your scores with Android and iOS devices too. It’s the most powerful and flexible 3DMark we’ve ever created.”

Fire Strike is a showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for today’s high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today.”

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Kingston designed the HyperX Fury to be automatically overclockable. To put this feature to the test, I simply changed the memory multiplier from 26.6 to 28. No other changes were made. The HyperX Fury automatically reconfigured its timings to 15-17-17-35-2T and ran flawlessly. I had a feeling that there was still more to be had. I changed the multiplier from 28 to 30, but the system would not boot to Windows. I raised then raised the voltage from 1.2v to 1.35v and it booted boot into Windows.

I then loosened the timings to 16-18-18-37-2T and was able to again get the system to boot to Windows at 3200MHz, but it was slightly unstable. Raising the voltage to 1.4v fixed the instability.


Final thoughts and conclusion are up next

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

The HyperX Fury 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz memory kit is a fantastic offering from Kingston. The Automatic overclocking feature is fool proof and it that is not enough, there is more MHz to be had by adding voltage and fine tuning the timings yourself. The additional 400MHz to the memory clock certainly strengthen the performance further. They do seem to prefer loosened timings over increased voltage while overclocking. A combination if both is needed to the best results. For those that may not be comfortable running their memory at 1.4V on a daily basis, 3000MHz is still an easy option.

The combination of semi-gloss black with, black PCB, machined accents, and white lettering really make the HyperX Fury a stand out. They made a great cosmetic match to the ASRock Z170 K6+ motherboard we tested last week. At 32.24mm tall, the modules are not overly tall and should clear most aftermarket air coolers. I am a bit disappointed That Kingston chose to only release them in black, at this time. The DDR3 versions are also available in red, blue, and white. I hope that these colors will be added to the DDR4 versions in the near future.

At the time of testing, the HyperX Fury 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 2666MHz (Model HX426C15FBK2/8) is available at Newegg for $56.99. Like all Kingston memory, they feature a lifetime warranty. If you have or are considering a Z170 chipset motherboard, they are worth a look.


  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Unique Looks
  • Low Profile
  • Easy Overclocking


  • None

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