by Greg King on February 12, 2007 in Miscellaneous
Are you on the lookout for a good 2GB kit that won’t break the bank? Kingstons HyperX PC2-6400 fits that bill. It uses stock 4-4-4-12 timings at low voltages and even has some solid overclocking ability.
With this RAM being a member of the HyperX lineup, we should see some decent numbers. Kingston has long catered to the gaming and enthusiast community with this line-up of memory and with this in mind, we like to keep certain testing elements consistent from review to review. My current testing bench includes the following hardware:
Intel â€œConroeâ€ Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4 GHz
- DFI Infinity 975 X/G
- Kingston RAM Hyper X 6400 2GB
- Silverstone Strider 560W PSU
- Powercolor x1650 Pro
- Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200.10 (OS)
- Zalman Reserator 2 Cooling
- Windows XP SP2
- ATI Catalyst 6.9
We always test on a fresh install of Windows XP and any unneeded system services are shut down. Prior to testing, the OS drive is defragmented any and all scrap files are removed, including anything in the recycling bin. By doing this, we eliminate as many variables as we can, to get a good idea of the raw power of the RAM.
The different speeds that will be tested are the three rated speeds with the factory rated timings, as well as stock speed with lower timings. Finally, the results will include a max overclock and the corresponding scores.
Testing and Results
First up on the bench is Sandra. Sandra is one of those benchmarking apps that everyone should have in their digital toolbox. Not only can you bench your memory, but virtually any component of your PC as well. In this review, we are using Sandra XIb.
Next up will be Everest. Like Sandra, this is a program that is versatile but primarily focuses on CPU, memory and disk drives. Ultimate edition 2006, version 2.80.534 will be used in this article.
The final piece of software that we will be using is Super Pi. While critically dependant on CPU speeds, memory timings do make a difference in the results.
With AMD and Intel both rocking hard with DDR2, itâ€™s clearly become the norm in system memory. With this kit offering a stock CAS latency of 4, the value of these sticks is apparent. While overclocking was somewhat limited by hardware other than the memory, the fact that this kit was able to reach a touch above DDR 1000 speeds was great. The modules are attractive and the fact that itâ€™s a kit from Kingston certainly speaks for the quality. Known for a long time as a company that has its act together, the RAM tested today is a testament to Kingston and the direction that they are heading towards.
With all things considered, Kingston delivers a solid, quality kit of RAM for those who donâ€™t need PC2-8000, or even PC2-10000 now. At the end of the day, The Kingston PC2-6400 receives a 8 out of 10.
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