CES 2013: Kingston Commemorates 10 Years of HyperX with Special Edition Memory

Posted on January 9, 2013 10:15 AM by Rob Williams

Waaay back in 2002, Kingston patented, created and launched a DRAM tester. To put it to good use, the company followed-up with performance memory. Its branding? HyperX. To say that a lot has happened since then would be a huge understatement. Back then, memory modules were eye-popping if they were greater than 256MB in size. Today, it’s not uncommon to see enthusiasts pack 4 or 8GB modules into their rigs.

Over the years, Kingston dedicated its HyperX brand to DRAM, even though it offered other products that might have been suitable to wear the name. It wasn’t until just a couple of years ago that the company decided to branch things out, and as a result, we began to see flash storage – including SSDs – welcomed under the brand’s umbrella. A common feature of HyperX products has been their deep blue color, but Kingston hasn’t stuck to that being the “official’ color, introducing others where appropriate. In recent years, we’ve seen green, black and even red memory modules, for example. 

Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary Memory

In order for a product to earn the HyperX name, it needs to be one of the highest-performing parts Kingston offers. They go through rigorous testing and exhaustive tweaking to make sure that when they hit the market, they’re the best of their class. For this reason, it’s not atypical to see Kingston’s products launch months after the competition. It’s Kingston’s way to let things brew until the recipe is perfect, then release.

To celebrate the brand, Kingston unveiled special-edition memory modules at CES. Simply called “HyperX 10th Anniversary Edition”, these modules sport a low-profile design and a gray heat-spreader with a light metallic design creating an “X” in the center. It’s a simple, yet sharp design.

Those interested in picking up a kit will have a good number of configurations to choose between. Kits come in sizes of 8 – 32GB, with single modules going as low as 4GB. Speeds range from DDR3-1600 all the way up to DDR3-2400. At the moment, pricing isn’t available, but it should be made available soon via the official product page.

Happy 10th anniversary, HyperX!

  • http://techgage.com/ Brett Thomas

    Heh…I remember having a pair of 256MB DDR400 sticks… I bought them for the super-low CAS latency, then OC’ed the crap out of them. Hyper, indeed! Hard to believe how long ago that was.

    • JD Kane

      When I got into this hobby during the heyday of AMD’s Socket 939, one of my first upgrades when I first got bitten by the overclocking bug was installing some Kingston RAM. 2 x 256MB DIMMs, no heatspreaders, but I had no fear exploring their capabilities (I think I hit CAS 2 on these things) when I aimed a spot cooler on them.

      Kingston will always have a warm place in my heart, just as it did on my old A8N32-SLI Deluxe.

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      I was slow on that boat. My first HyperX’s came in 2006. Been a fan ever since (have 12GB of the stuff in my rig at the moment).

  • http://techgage.com/ Jamie Fletcher

    After DDR4, are Kingston likely to move into Spintronic, Memristor, Magnetoresistive and the newly released Phase-Change Memory? It’s new-age memory backed by the sound of Enya!

    Hyper-X Enya, that’ll work, right?

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