To test the memory today we are using an Intel 1156 system with the Core i7 875k processor. Additionally we will also overclock the memory as far as we can and document any performance changes.
The timings from the profile in our Intel motherboard (taken as an initial check before the final review build) show 8-8-8-24. Even though the packaging shows CL9 ratings, the XMP profile is picking up tighter timings.
We started with 1600mhz 8-8-8-24 in our Gigabyte GA P55 UD6 system and it was perfectly stable.
At 1.67volts we managed to get them running at 2000mhz by loosening the timings to 9-9-9 which we thought was a really fantastic result. especially for 4GB modules. We managed to boot at 2050mhz but the system was unstable and I was unwilling to increase voltage any further. Obviously its worth pointing out that overclocking can be pretty much a ‘hit and miss’ exercise with some kits giving better results than others. We doubt Kingston have hand picked these so we would assume most kits would get within earshot of our results … 1900mhz easily anyway.
Our testing today will be performed at the reference 1600mhz 8-8-8 settings and our maximum overclock of 2000mhz at 9-9-9.
Memory: Kingston 8gb HyperX Memory
CPU: Intel Core i7 875k
Cooler: Noctua NH 14D
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA P55 UD6
Hard Drive: Intel 40GB SSD x2 (Raid 0)
PSU: Enermax 1250w Revolution
Graphics: Zotac GTX465
Chassis: Silverstone Raven 2
Operating System: Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate
Monitor: LaCie 730 30 inch LED screen
Generic DDR3 1066mhz
Generic DDR3 1333mhz
SiSoft Sandra Professional
KitGuru Photoshop Benchmark V1(4)
All our results were achieved by running each test five times with every configuration. Median averages were extrapolated from the results – this ensures that any glitches are removed from the results.