Up until now we have been fortunate to test several DDR2 memory modules from some of the major manufacturers: OCZ, Corsair, Mushkin, Team Group. Noteworthy absent from this list has been Kingston, the largest independent memory manufacturer in the world. To introduce Kingston to our memory performance table, we present you two DDR2 parts of their top of the line "HyperX" line-up today : the KHX6400D2LLK2/2G and KHX8500D2K2/2G.
In 2005, Kingston was the largest independent memory supplier (for the third party market) in the world and this for the third consecutive year. Here's how they see themselves:
Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s independent memory leader.
Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston® now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2005, the company's sales exceeded $3.0 billion.
With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs almost 2,900 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success.
Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.
Have a look at the memory modules of the day, side by side in their boxes:
As you can see, the package is the basic plastic, black, and very compact memory case which is opened by removing or cutting a single sticker. Inside the box we find the memory (duh), accompanied by a clear printed manual.
open box, manual front and back
Once unpacked we get a look at the two pairs of memory sticks:
We certainly will have to be careful not to mix the memory modules around in our test setup: the PC6400 and PC8500 parts are only differentiated by the specifications sticker which is present on the front of all modules.
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