Kingston's new LoVo DIMMs are flexible and green
Subject: Memory | April 26, 2010 - 05:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston's HyperX PC3 1866MHz LoVo DIMMs seem a little strange at first glance and not just because of the green heatspreaders. It seems counterintuitive that a HyperX module, billed as Kingston's fastest product line should also be environmentally conscious. It does make sense when you realize that the DIMMs have more that one JEDEC spec. The first XMP profile runs the DIMMs at 1.25V, nicely below the maximum voltage to be applied to a Core i7 or i5 processor and will run at 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 @ 1T. The second profile bumps the voltage to 1.35V and the speeds to 1866MHz 9-9-9-27 @ 1T. Tweaktown manually pumped the voltage to 1.55V and hit 2035MHz while still keeping the 9-9-9-27 @ 1T timings. Makes more sense to have a HyperX module billed as green now, right?
"We have to wonder, though; does Low Voltage and HyperX deserve to be in the same category? It
seems a little conflicting. HyperX is all about power and Low Voltage is all about taking care
of the environment and hugging trees.
Let's hope that this isn't just some normal kit of memory with a new colored heatsink and fancy
title. Hopefully we'll discover that the kit deserves to sit in the HyperX series and LoVo is
something that we should be interested in."
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