We gotta move forward, no way around it. As the personal computer market continues on its second coming for DIY enthusiasts and semi-build neophyte, comes the next generation of components to make current builds obsolete and current owners scrambling to obtain those first bragging rights.
What I’m talking about is memory, more specifically DDR4 modules that officially makes all those 64GB of DDR3 you bought a year or so ago not so impressive. If you’re afflicted with the consumer addiction known as bleeding edge it will eat at you, but we calmly waited and were better off for it with HyperX (by Kingston Technology) and their Savage DDR4-2666 Desktop Memory.
To capture the attention of eager PC builders, the PCB modules are styled in black spreaders molded in angular patterns and grooved ridges up top, to simulate a strict heavy-duty appearance. There’s no mistake that the aggressive look matched with the “HyperX” logo raised in natural aluminum is prominent, and do look nice in an open case prepped for action — although run-of-the-mill for the upper-PC master race. It’s eye-catching for everybody else, but apes on aesthetic functionality.
The HyperX HX426C15SBK4/16 RAM kit is a dual-channel arrangement made up of four 4GB sticks, and meant to comply with motherboards optimized for the impending wave of Intel sixth generation Core processors and beyond, in this case is centered on the Skylake family. Due to timing, availability, and other companies that aren’t Kingston who replied with astute laziness and poor PR professionalism; I enlisted the cooperation of a good friend who I helped with his priced PC. As a result and procedure, we got our hands dirty and able to fiddle with the capabilities and testing, while my buddy made out pretty well with some much needed DDR4 RAM to complete his gaming rig.
For reference, his machine was built from the ground up with a Cooler Master MasterCase Pro5 Mid-Tower, housing a ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K4 LGA 1151 motherboard, Corsair RM Series 850W power supply, GIGABYTE Radeon R9 390 8GB GV-R939G1 graphics cards, and last but definitely not least an intel Core i5-6600K sixth generation processor.
Certainly, the Savage would be great for a system like this and worked without a hitch when correctly paired to the XMP timing of 13-14-14 at 1.35V, and configurable DDR4-2400 (CL13-13-13), or JEDEC DDR42133 (CL15-15-15) at 1.2V. Depending on how additional options are set, the modules can be finicky when it come to altering the profile for overclocking. Otherwise, efficiency is better by 24% and manual optimization is graciously straightforward, and indeed quite an improvement over the DDR3 we grown to appreciate; The immediate payoff was increase in seamless frame rates of titles like Far Cry 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, where any kind of technical advantage is welcome for games.
Benchmark testing was done with AIDA64 Professional and using some immediate competitors the PNY Anarchy X and Corsair Vengeance LPX as comparisons. The HyperX Savage scored respectable cache numbers at 38814 MB/s read, 40696 MB/s write, 39052 MB/s copy, and latency of 15.6 ns. This gives the HX426C15SBK4/16 a strong place among the competition right out of the box, and even does it with a little less power to be equally productive. It’s great for less-obsessive people since this is all they’ll ever need without extreme modification.
The HyperX Savage DDR4-2666 Desktop Memory is designed for ease of use and to run quickly in mainstream builds. You’re practically good to go, although the XMP options, and deliberate lack of overclocking tweaks are a bit too limiting for more extreme rigs. The performance is great for what you get, and many of you won’t go broke for the privilege to play with the gaming elite.