Ultra-Speed RAM, APU-Style
In our review of the Kingston HyperX Predator 2666MHz kit, we discovered what those knowledgeable about Intel memory scaling already knew: for most applications, and specifically games, there is no significant advantage to increases in memory speed past the current 1600MHz DDR3 standard. But this was only half of the story. What about memory scaling with an AMD processor, and specifically an APU? To find out, we put AMD’s top APU, the A10-7850K, to the test!
Ready for some APU memory testing!
AMD has created a compelling option with their APU lineup, and the inclusion of powerful integrated graphics allows for interesting build options with lower power and space requirements, and even make building tiny mini-ITX systems for gaming realistic. It’s this graphical prowess compared to any other onboard solution that creates an interesting value proposition for any gamer looking at a new low-cost build. The newest Kaveri APU’s are getting a lot of attention and they beg the question, is a discrete graphics card really needed for gaming at reasonable settings?
Subject: Memory | November 2, 2012 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: kingston, hyperx predator, ddr3-2666, dual channel
In order to get the most out of Kingston's HyperX Predator 2.67GHz 8GB dual channel kit you need a serious processor, even high end Ivy Bridge processors cannot fully benefit from the entire available bandwidth. To that end Pro-Clockers used the SB-E Core i7 3930K which is more often utilized in quad channel but in this case is using high frequency dual channel DDR3. There is no question the memory is fast if you have a motherboard and CPU which allows memory to run at that frequency and Pro-Clockers testing implies that it is going as fast as it can stably at that particular XMP setting. There are other profiles available, with tighter timings which means this kit can be of use for someone looking for lower frequency memory at tighter timings that the default 11-13-13-26 @ 1T.
"Over the past few months we have had the pleasure of reviewing some very fast memory. We have seen some 1866MHz kits from the likes of Corsair, Crucial, G.Skill and Kingston. And the fastest up to this day has been a kit from G.Skill which was dialed in at 2400MHz by default. But today we are topping that with a new 2666MHz kit from Kingston. The HyperX Predator at 2666MHz boast timings at 11-13-13-26 and some pretty awesome heat spreaders."
Here are some more Memory articles from around the web:
- Crucial's Ballistix Sport 2x4GB 1600MHz RAM Kit @ Funky Kit
- GeIL Evo Veloce Review: 2x8GB at DDR3-2400 C11-12-12 1.65 V @ AnandTech
- GSkill TridentX PC3-20800 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit @ Tweaktown
- Patriot Viper 3 PC3-15000 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit @ Tweaktown
- Memory Performance: 16GB DDR3-1333 to DDR3-2400 on Ivy Bridge IGP with G.Skill @ AnandTech
- Team Group Xtreem LV DDR3 2600MHz 8GB Memory Kit Review @ eTeknix
- Kingston HyperX Predator PC3-19200 8GB Dual Channel Memory Kit @ Tweaktown
- Kingston HyperX Predator 2666MHz 8GB DDR3 Memory Kit Review @Hi Tech Legion
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