Kingston Technology has been around since 1998 and impressing enthusiasts and system builders the whole time. Kingston produce desktop and laptop memories, SSDs, flash drives and more. On our focus today is one of their latest desktop memory additions. Kingston’s HyperX memory line includes the Genesis, PnP (plug and Play), LoVo (Low-Voltage), Predator, Beast, and H20 series. They have recently released a new series, Fury. The Fury series is set to replace the original iconic HyperX series.
The Kingston HyperX Fury series of RAM offers speeds from 1333-1866 MHz and are compatible with a wide variety of current Intel and AMD motherboards. The Kingston HyperX Fury series are available with black, red, blue, or white medium profile aluminum heat spreaders. The heat spreader color is not an indication of speed or latency of the memory and is simply offered so builders can better match their system’s color scheme. All heat spreader colors are available in all speeds. The Kingston HyperX Fury also feature black printed circuit boards.
Kingston was one of the first RAM that I ever overclocked. It was a PC100 32Mb stick that I easily managed to run at 133MHz. I still have this stick of memory to this day. It serves as a fond reminder of the wonder and mysticism that surrounded overclocking in that earlier time. Will this new memory kit from Kingston bring back those fond memories again? I am eager to find out.
Kingston’s take on HyperX Fury
Get in the game with HyperX® FURY. Even newbies get up to speed fast, since FURY automatically recognizes its host platform and automatically overclocks to the highest frequency published – up to 1866MHz1 – providing plenty of power for your next deathmatch. FURY’s asymmetric heat spreader design lets you stand out from the “square” crowd. It’s available in black, blue, red and– for the first time in the HyperX line –white, with a black PCB. So your rig can reflect your style and you can show it off with pride – without spending a lot, since FURY is affordably priced.
- Capacities of up to 8GB (single) and 8GB–16GB (kits)
- Frequency (speed) 1333MHz, 1600MHz, 1866MHz
- CAS latency 9-9-9-27 and 10-10-10-30
- Voltage 1.5V
- Asymmetric heat spreader for stylish heat dissipation
- Compatible with P55, H67, P67, Z68, Z77, Z87 and H61 Intel chipsets, as well as A75, A87, A88, A89, A78 and E35 AMD chipsets
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 kit is included.
- Warranty: Lifetime
- Size: 16GB (2 x 8GB)
- Performance Profile: PnP (plug and Play)
- Fan Included: No
- Heat Spreader: White Aluminum
- Memory Configuration: Dual Channel
- Memory Type: DDR3
- Package – Memory Pin: 240
- Package – Memory Format: DIMM
- Tested Voltage: 1.5
- SPD Voltage: 1.5
- Speed Rating: PC3-12800 (1866MHz)
- SPD Speed: 1333MHz
- Tested Speed: 1866MHz
- Tested Latency: 10-11-10-32
- SPD Latency: 8-9-8-32
It isn’t everyday that a company like Kingston releases a new line of memory. Adding white heat spreaders is a bold move that I’m sure will make many enthusiasts take notice. For those looking for a little more color black, red, and blue heat spreaders are also available on all models.
The HyperX Fury white RAM feature a white textured finish, with machined accents and black printing. The entire HyperX Fury series also feature black PCB’s.
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.
Something old and something new. The Kingston HyperX Fury in the foreground with my trusty stick of Kingston PC100 32Mb in the background.
Configuring the Bios
Configuring the RAM for my Intel based system is as simple as resetting the BIOS. Once reset, the BIOS will automatically recognize the correct timings via Kingston PnP (Plug and Play) system. If you do not want to reset the BIOS, you can also manually enter the basic settings to match the specifications of the RAM.
- EVGA Z87 Stinger Motherboard
- Intel Core i5 4670 Processor
- Kinston HyperX Fury 16GB 1866MHz
- ADATA XPG XS900 128GB Solid State Drive
- Corsair H100 AIO CPU Cooler
- EVGA Hadron Hydro Case
- EVGA Hadron Integrated 500W Gold Power Supply
- EVGA Nvidia GTX 760 Graphic Card
- AIDA64 Extreme Edition
- Super PI Modded 1.5
- MaxxMEM 2
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.”
“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.” The numbers all look good. Nothing out of the ordinary and it passed all the tests.
I started with a mild 2000 MHz overclock at the stock voltage of 1.5. The test system booted into Windows, but was a touch unstable. I was able to surf the web and stuff, but it could not pass the Super Pi at 32M test. I decided to raise the voltage to 1.55 volts and it stabilized. I ran Super Pi at 32M and encountered no errors. Alternatively, I could have loosened the timings a bit.
I was quite optimistic and ready to go for it. I bumped up the voltage to 1.65 and set the clock to 2200 MHz. It booted into Windows and passed all test. At this point I began to wonder just how far I could push the HyperX Fury with the stock timings. I started increasing the BCLK .5 MHz at a time until I hit 104 MHz and a RAM speed of 2288. At this point the test system would still boot into Windows, but would not pass all the tests. I then decreased the BCLK .01 MHz at a time until it was completely stable. At a BLCK of 103.73 Mhz, the system stabilize and was able to pass all test. This was a speed of 2282 MHz with the stock timings and only .15 volts over specification. Very impressive.
Next up, I wanted to see just how fast this new Kingston memory can run. I reset the BCLK to 100 MHz and set the memory to 2400 MHz. I was rewarded with the dreaded BSOD. I loosened the timings a couple of times. When I reached timings of 12-13-12-33-1T, the system booted into Windows. It was not quite 100% stable and could not pass all tests. I tried loosening the timings further, but stability did not improve. I decreased the BCLK 0.1 MHz, until I hit 99.62 MHz. This resulted in a speed of 2282 MHz and the test system was completely stable and able to pass all tests.
AIDA64 Extreme Edition (overclocked)
Super PI Modded 1.5 (overclocked)
MaxxMEM 2 (overclocked)
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Kingston’s newest entry to their HyperX memory line is indeed interesting. At around $150 at Amazon, it is fairly priced and right in the middle of the pack of similar kits. This pricing also places it against some stiff competition. The option of being able to pick from four different finishes should help set the HyperX Fury stand apart from the rest of the memory field. None of the other comparable memory kit that I researched are available in a white finish.
Speaking of white, I love like the look of the HyperX Fury in white. The combination of textured white finish with, black PCB, machined accents, and black lettering really make it a stand out. From what I’ve seen, the black, red, and blue kits look equally as impressive. The heat spreaders are on the shorter side. Very few coolers should interfere with them.
Kingston spared no punches in designing the HyperX Fury series and it shows. The HyperX Fury either matched or outperformed my reference 1866Mhz 8GB (2 x 4GB) memory in almost every test. A combination of good price, good looks, and above average overclocking potential make this kit a worthy addition to Kingston’s HyperX line of memory. Thank you Kingston for this trip down overclocking memory lane. It was just as enjoyable this time, as it was all those years ago. You can also find the smaller 2x4GB kit for $76.99 at Amazon.