The memory standard DDR4 SDRAM came to personal computers about a year ago. But despite this, it has not gained much popularity, as until recently there was only one platform with its support – LGA2011-3. It is clear that such a premium high-performance platform could not become a good conductor of the new technology on the mass market. But now, it seems, the implementation of DDR4 in the PC should go brisk – it should speed up the output of the Skylake-S processors and the LGA1151 platform. Nevertheless, it is still too early to say that DDR3 memory should be written off. And it’s not so much that over the years of its dominance in the market DDR3 SDRAM was able to win a huge ecological niche. It is much more important that at this stage DDR4 technology does not give modern desktop systems an undeniable advantage in speed. And let the frequencies of the new memory already start to go beyond the horizon, defined by DDR3, it has almost no effect on the final performance of the system, and the price of DDR4 SDRAM modules with high speed indicators does not at all contribute to their ubiquitous spread.
Fortunately, no one specifically forces anyone to switch to a new type of memory. DDR4 is a mandatory attribute only for platforms built on high-performance Haswell-E chips. Oriented to the same computers, Skylake-S processors work fine not only with DDR4, but also with DDR3 SDRAM. Therefore, buyers of the latest systems can continue to give preference to the older and more widespread memory standard, if, from their point of view, it allows for more rational use of the budget. LGA1151 motherboards with DDR3 DIMM slots are being prepared for release by all the leading manufacturers, and during September a wide range of such models will appear in stores . In addition, the LGA1150 platform operating exclusively with DDR3 memory remains relevant. As the tests showed, Skylake-S processors give an insignificant gain in performance compared to the proposals of the previous generation – Haswell-DT; In addition, it is in the LGA1150-performance that the only Broadway-DT processors are manufactured that surpass the Skylake-S in specific performance per watt and offer an integrated graphics core with unmatched power.
It turns out that although the list of arguments for DDR4 is gradually increasing, there is still a lot of space for DDR3. This is reflected in the current market realities: the proportion of DDR4 in retail sales has so far not even been able to pass for a modest mark of 10%. And a significant part of the new memory goes to the server segment, where its implementation occurs at a much faster rate. Against this background, most analysts are inclined to believe that in traditional desktop systems, mass migration to new memory will occur only in the second half of next year, when prices for DDR3 and DDR4 SDRAM modules will converge to an understandable average average level.
Considering the above, we decided that we should not rush things and stop studying in detail the most interesting DDR3 SDRAM modules that appear on the market. Since the general migration to platforms with DDR4 support is not yet demonstrated even by the most advanced and flexible gaming systems, many memory enthusiasts working on an enthusiast audience continue to actively promote their DDR3 products, among which are very curious specimens. So, in today’s review we will talk about two advanced sets of DDR3-memory Kingston HyperX Savage, which differ not only relatively high speeds, but also the maximum possible for desktop platforms with dual-channel memory controller of 32 GB.
It should be noted that not only Kingston, but also other manufacturers of memory continue to pay great attention to the release of DDR3. Even those companies that focus on meeting the needs of the most advanced part of the computer community, for example Corsair and G.Skill, say that they will hardly shift the emphasis in deliveries to DDR4 SDRAM until the end of this year. However, for today’s review, we chose the products of Kingston because the manufacturer owns almost 60 percent of the total memory market. That is, the Kingston memory slots are more popular than all other suppliers combined. Of course, the dominant position of Kingston is largely due to the huge attention it pays to the mass market. But DDR3 SDRAM, even if it has improved characteristics, in today’s conditions – is exactly the real mass product. Even such modules, which we will talk about today, differ little in cost from ordinary memory, and therefore they are applicable not only in some special desktop systems, but also in the widest range of platforms. However, the 32-gigabyte Kingston HyperX Savage DDR3 kits, which are discussed below, are of interest primarily for enthusiasts, as you can see by reading the results of our test.
⇡ # Kingston HyperX Savage DDR3: detailed dating
High-performance Kingston memory kits, produced under the HyperX brand, form several fundamentally different rulers. The fastest modules are in the Predator family, and the most affordable modules are in the Fury family. Savage in this classification is a golden mean – memory kits with fairly high speed indicators, but they do not differ in out-of-value. If you are a little familiar with the HyperX memory nomenclature, the HyperX Savage essence will be best explained by the fact that they came to replace the family of HyperX Genesis modules. In other words, HyperX Savage is quite an overclocker memory, but not for records: it should become a workhorse in systems where overclocking is practiced on an ongoing basis. As a result, HyperX Savage DDR3 kits can have a passport frequency that reaches 2,400 MHz, and their total capacity can reach up to 32 GB.
By the way, curious fact. While the Predator and Fury series, originally formed from DDR3 modules, were later expanded to DDR4 SDRAM, the HyperX Savage series still retains its “ethnic cleanness” and includes only DDR3 kits. In addition, the DDR3 modules of the Savage family have other characteristics. So, they support XMP 1.3 profiles, missing in the Fury series. But the proprietary technology of simplified configuration of Plug and Play, in contrast, in this case is not implemented.
HyperX Savage stands out and its appearance. Unlike the representatives of the Fury series, they do not offer a choice in color design: their heat dissipators are painted exclusively with red lacquer, which gives a smooth, but not glossy texture. I must say that at the same time Savage memory modules manage to look very impressive and somewhere even brutally. The impression is achieved due to the thickness of cast aluminum heat dissipating plates increased to 1.5 mm and the presence of a number of oblique cuts on their ridge through which a black printed circuit board is viewed. In this case, the appearance of HyperX Savage is not lacking and some refinement. From the front, the radiators have a complex asymmetric shape, carry the brilliant convex HyperX logo and the black inscription: Savage.
It is impossible not to praise the HyperX Savage modules and for the fact that their height in the assembly does not exceed 33 mm. Radiators almost do not increase the height of the modules, and therefore, when installed in computers where massive air coolers of the “two-sectional tower” type are used, no problems should arise. This is a significant advantage of Kingston HyperX Savage in front of many other overclocking modules, including before entering the flagship Predator series.
For testing we received two 32-gigabyte Kingston HyperX Savage DDR3, each of which included four 8-gigabyte modules. One of the sets, HX324C11SRK4 / 32, is the most senior model in the line, designed to work in DDR3-2400 mode. The second set, HX318C9SRK4 / 32, is simpler: its nominal frequency is DDR3-1866. Despite such a difference in performance, all the external differences were limited only to the difference in labels on the boxes and the modules themselves.
Kingston’s HyperX Savage DDR3 32 GB packages are shipped in a plastic box with a transparent cover, the modules in which are not flat, but vertically. In addition to the four memory slots, the delivery includes a concise user guide and an advertising sticker for the case. On the package there is a sticker about the passed certification of Intel XMP and an information sticker with the article and the main characteristics of the kit.
Each of the four modules included in the set has its own information label. However, there is no useful data, except for the article and the working voltage, on it.
The formal characteristics of the Kingston HyperX Savage HX318C9SRK4 / 32 and HX324C11SRK4 / 32 kits look like this:
  
Although the sets we are considering belong to the same HyperX Savage series, the differences between them are quite noticeable. And it’s not just the difference in the working frequency, which reaches two 266-MHz steps. The HX318C9SRK4 / 32 is a relatively simple kit with a familiar frequency and voltage that does not go beyond the specifications of JEDEC, which is noticeable except for slightly reduced delays. The faster package HX324C11SRK4 / 32 is already a real overclocker memory. There is also an increased to 1.65V power supply, and a weakened timings scheme with CAS Latency 11, and the reward for these deviations from the requirements of JEDEC is the high frequency.
The contents of the XMP 1.3 profile for the memory modules included with the HX318C9SRK4 / 32 (HyperX Savage DDR3-1866) are slightly different from the specifications, actually expanding them. The fact is that the user is offered a choice of two profiles at once. The main one is the nominal mode DDR3-1866 with the delay circuit 9-10-11-27 and the voltage 1.5 V. And the second one with the additional mode DDR3-1600 with more aggressive timings 9-9-9-27.
It is worth noting that the Kingston engineers took a responsible approach to filling in the standard SPD, where the parameters for the DDR3-1600K mode with the delay circuit 11-11-11 are entered, which ensures trouble-free start of the set with the default settings in the “compatibility mode.”
The XMP 1.3 profiles have a slightly more interesting configuration for the faster set of modules HX324C11SRK4 / 32 (HyperX Savage DDR3-2400)
The basic profile describes the passport mode for this set DDR3-2400 mode with timings 11-13-14-32 and voltage 1.65 V, but there is an alternative profile offering to use the given set of modules in DDR3-2133 mode with slightly less voltage – 1.6 V. In this case, a slightly better set of delays is expected – 11-13-13-30. The third available profile is an ordinary SPD, which describes the DDR3-1600K mode. In this state, the set of memory in question starts by default without additional configuration of the memory subsystem parameters in the BIOS of the motherboard.
Despite the fact that the sets HX318C9SRK4 / 32 and HX324C11SRK4 / 32 differ significantly in their performance characteristics, they are based on the same element base. This is easy to see if you remove the radiators from the modules, which are attached to the double-sided heat-conducting tape. The eight-gigabyte memory slots of both sets use a black printed circuit board developed by Kingston engineers on their own, and are based on the sixteen 4-Gbit SK Hynix H5TC4G83BFR-PBA chips. Thus, the eight-gigabyte HyperX Savage modules are two-sided and two-arc.
As for the chips, they formally belong to the class DDR3L-1600, that is, they are designed to work at 1.35 V. Therefore it is not surprising that in overclocker modules with increased supply voltage they are able to operate in a significantly faster mode . Actually, such chips are used in various memory kits for enthusiasts quite often. But there are two features. First, they do not accelerate well beyond 2400 MHz, and secondly, to increase their stability at higher frequencies, an increase in the delay of tRP (RAS # PRE Time) is required.
However, it’s clearly not worth worrying about the fact that HyperX Savage modules may experience some problems with high-frequency operation. Like the overclocking memory of the upper price category, all Kingston HyperX Savage DDR3 kits without exception are tested for multi-level testing and come with a lifetime warranty.