Hercules and the RAM; Return of the Kingmax
Subject: Memory | April 15, 2010 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before you dismiss Kingmax as a non-player in the RAM industry, you have to realize that their downfall happened due to a slow adoption of DDR, in the days of SDRAM they were, well, King. They have returned, the Kingmax Hercules PC3-17600 represents the higher end of DDR3. Clocked out of the package at 2200MHz @ 10-10-10-30 2T the frequency is unarguably high even if the timings look relaxed. Of course, to most enthusiasts this screams for an overclock or at least a tightening of the timings and Tweaktown could not resist and they hit 2346MHz
without adjusting timings or voltage.
"Every time I think of Kingmax my mind instantly goes back to the days of wishing so much that I
could buy PC-150 TinyBGA modules from them, but only being able to afford PC-133 Apacer modules.
There was a time when Kingmax was the memory to own; when we moved to DDR2, though, they did get
left a bit in the dust to new performance company Corsair with its XMS lines of overclocked
Over the years we've seen Kingmax pull out a few stand-out performance modules, but recently
they've been fairly quiet. With some new kits out and a new Hercules series they might just have
what they need to get back into the lime light again."
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