This 2 piece Kingston Hyper X 8GB kit is a great purchase, especially if you want to leave another two slots on your motherboard free for a potential future upgrade.
As our testing shows, even though they are rated CL9, they operated at the same CL8 timings as their 2GB siblings and they did so with perfect behaviour throughout the last week of KG’s intense stress testing. Considering the density of the individual sticks I was pleasantly surprised to get 2000mhz out of them with only a little extra voltage. There is a possibility they could be pushed even further, but under Intel’s strict guidelines I didn’t want to cause long term damage. If I owned the memory myself, I probably would have risked it!
Testing a 8GB for performance is an important facet of a review, however it really is important to mention that if you are the kind of person to have many applications open simultaneously while wanting no performance loss at all, then an upgrade from 4GB to 8GB is well worth it. These 4GB sticks offer the same capacity as two full 4GB kits (2x2gb) while ensuring more potential upgrade growth down the line.
With such high density comes a price, and at time of press this 8GB kit sells for around £410 inc vat in the UK which will put them out of reach for many people.
They look beautiful, work perfectly with oversized CPU coolers, overclock like hell and offer maximum futureproofing. The cherry on the cake? Kingston’s lifetime warranty.
KitGuru says: Need memory? want it fast? get a set of these, or two if your name is William Gates.
Discuss over here in our forums or just leave a quick comment below.