Of course we don't need to tell you this, but in case you missed it, the Kingston HyperX series of memory modules is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. We didn't receive any cake from Kingston, but instead they sent us a kit from their new HyperX Anniversary series that they've created for the occasion. Of course we had to test the Kingston HyperX Anniversary 16GB DDR3-2400 CL11 quad kit to see what it has in store.
Kingston has a number of different memory kits in the HyperX Anniversary series and the Kingston 16GB DDR3 2400MHz XMP 10th Anniversary Series (KHX24C11X3K4/16X) costs under £106 at Ebuyer.
They are all equipped with a silver-colored heatspreader that gives the modules a posher look. The modules have a height of 3.1 cm, a standard size.
The one we tested comes with four 4GB DDR3-2400 (1200 MHz) modules with a CAS latency of 11. Kingston used Hynix H5TQ2G83CFR PBC chips that require 1.65V to achieve that speed. There is XMP support and the module has a 1200 MHz 11-13-13 profile.
DDR3-2400 kits are never cheap, and these are no exception. Only G.Skill has a cheaper DDR3-2400 kit, but not by much. The quad-kit set we tested is primarily intended for Socket 2011 systems with quad-channel memory, but you could also use the kit on dual-channel motherboards.
A set like this is of course aimed at overclockers first and foremost, so it will be interesting to find out what Kingston has in store in this department. We tested the Corsair and Kingston kits the same way we tested the modules in our recent Ivy Bridge memory round-up.
Our test system consists of a Core i7 3770K processor on an ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe motherboard. We validated whether the modules had the correct XMP information and whether they ran well at the indicated clock speeds. Then we tried to overclock them as far as possible. First we used the standard timings and the standard voltage, according to the XMP values.
Then we raised the voltage to 1.7 volts to find out if we could push the modules further, and lastly we attempted 1.7 volt together with 11-13-13 timings. We ran MaxxMEM² and Sisoft Sandra 2012 memory benchmarks on all configurations. You can read the rest of the review of the Kingston HyperX Anniversary 16GB DDR3-2400 CL11 quad kit here.