Kingston HyperX Predator DDR 3000C15 Quad-Channel Memory Kit Review

Memory by leeghoofd @ 2015-09-07

August 2014, Intel launched its high-end X99 platform, a brand new socket in need of DDR4 modules. DDR4 warrants massive bandwidth plus they can also pack a far higher density per stick. All this goodness is available at your disposal while requiring a mere 1.2-1.35Volts. Only drawback, as with each new technology was at launch the high retail price; half a year later these prices have stabilized and even the high end kits are becoming more and more affordable. Today we have a look at one of the HyperX enthusiast kits: the 3000C15 quad channel kit, the fastest kit in their DDR4 Quad Channel ready X99 lineup.  Will the out of the box speeds satisfy the hunger of this enthusiast reviewer or is there more under the hood? 

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The PredatorX kit memory sticks we received were packed per pair in two separate blister packages. No fancy packaging here at all. Does this imply the kits reviewers receive are different or even factory binned? Your guess is as good as mine; maybe they just want to save on the packaging. People like me are not that careful with it anyway and just tear it open as quickly as possible to get straight to the inside candy. Maybe the previous reviewer was a bit too rough with the packaging too :P.

EDIT: we received a heads up that this is the retail packaging, no fancy box.  It matters what is packed inside :)



The HyperX Predator DDR4 heats spreader design hardly differs from the one DDR3 modules. Biggest novelty is the professional looking black coating instead of the casual Kingston Blue that we all got so accustomed too over the years. It has to be mentioned that these are really some beefy heat spreaders. Ready to tackle high voltages and to keep the ICs at low operating temperatures under all circumstances; a single module weighs in at 105 grams. This in comparison with the mere 39 grams of a Corsair Vengeance LPX memory stick. Our Quad Channel kit on review today is the Hynix MFR equipped 3000C15-16-16-38 2T command rate set, fully compatible with Intel's 5000 series processors and the X99 chipset.



The HyperX Predator DDR4 lineup is described in the below chart. Ranging from entry level speeds of 2133MHz to a whopping 3000MHz in either 16GB (4 x 4Gb), 32GB (4 x 8GB) and even one 64GB variant:



HyperX had got you completely covered, though if the need for speed isn't a requirement they also offer the more affordable Fury DDR4 series.





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