Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 3000MHz Review
Posted by Heath Coop on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 8:12am
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. Now 2 years later, DDR4 has been released and Kingston chose the HyperX Predator DDR4 as their first release with the new memory technology. The Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 offer speeds from 2133 MHz all the way up to a staggering 3000Mhz. They feature very high profile black aluminum heat spreaders with a total memory module height of 53.9mm. At 3000 Mhz, the HyperX Predator DDR4 16GB kit I am reviewing today is at the extreme high end of the memory speed scale and the fastest DDR4 memory kit that Kingston offers. There is no single thing that is subtle about the Predators.
A rather uncommon feature of the HyperX Predator DDR4 is the use of two different XMP profiles. Profile #1 is at the rated 3000 MHz speed, while Profile #2 is at 2666 MHz. If for some reason a user is not able to boot with profile #1, they can select profile #2 instead. Then the user 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.
Kingston's take on HyperX Predator DDR4
Prey on the competition with HyperX® Predator DDR4, offering low CAS latency and the most aggressive timings on high-speed modules for a new generation of performance. HyperX Predator’s Intel XMP profiles are optimized for X99 motherboards for compatibility and easy overclocking. Like you, Predator DDR4 keeps its cool while gaming, for a cooler and quieter PC. Stand out from the crowd and maximize heat dissipation with Predator’s signature tall heat sink, now in black.
- Quad channel available
- Capacity 16GB (4x4 GB kits)
- Speeds of up to 3000MHz
- 1.2 & 1.35 voltages for stable overclocking
- Intel XMP-ready profiles optimized for Intel X99 series motherboards
- Exceptional clock and latency timing specifications to enhance overall system performance
- Heat sink design achieves effective consistency of speed while prolonging the memory lifecycle
- 100 percent factory tested
Let's take a closer look on the next page.