In recent months, we have witnessed a serious decline in the prices of computer memory. Globally, this process was influenced by quite ordinary market factors: weak demand and excess supply. However, if you pay attention to the cost of individual types of memory, there is another tendency: the new DDR4 SDRAM loses in price much faster than the old DDR3 SDRAM. In fact, today, DDR4 SDRAM modules can be bought cheaper than a year ago, similar in volume to DDR3 modules (this, naturally, is about dollar prices). And this is not surprising: the technology DDR4 SDRAM is gradually gaining popularity, and as the demand for such memory increases, manufacturers increase the volume of its production, begin to compete more actively with each other and, as a result, reduce the mark-up “for novelty.”
The next year this trend will remain in force and DDR4 will become cheaper, gradually approaching the cost of DDR3 SDRAM. It is predicted that the cost of these two types of memory by the fourth quarter of 2016 will have to be equalized, and to this there are all the prerequisites. Manufacturers of memory chips are gradually increasing the volume of 20-nm production, and platforms with support for DDR4 (today it’s LGA2011-v3 and LGA1151) are becoming more common. In addition, the next year is also planned to release a promising platform AMD AM4, which is likely to spur additional demand for DDR4 SDRAM modules.
In other words, DDR4 gradually ceases to be something completely new and rare and becomes quite a mass memory. It is estimated that a turnaround should occur in the second quarter of next year, when DDR4 will finally become the dominant type of SDRAM in the personal computer market.
The manufacturers of modules react to the change in the structure of the RAM market. First of all, this is reflected in the fact that the leading suppliers of memory slots began to pay increased attention to more mass DDR4 SDRAM packages that are becoming more popular than expensive overclocker modules with record characteristics and a high price. Moreover, even “nameless” DDR4 modules can now be found on the shelves of stores, the appearance of which indicates that the market for such memory has already survived a child’s age and reached a certain maturity.
However, the purchase for the modern personal computer of the cheapest DDR4 SDRAM modules can hardly be considered a reasonable solution: as a rule, this choice leads to worse performance, lower overclocking potential and low reliability. Much more interesting today look inexpensive branded kits DDR4 SDRAM. Yes, this option is slightly more expensive, but with such memory, you can certainly not be afraid of problems, and, in addition, entry-level memory kits of manufacturers such as G.Skill, Corsair, Kingston, etc., are often able to conquer modes of operation, for the boundaries defined by the specifications. And it’s actually not by accident but is the result of unification, in which even the inexpensive memory slots of leading manufacturers often use the same chips as in the flagship overclocking kits.
In all this, we are going to see for ourselves this review. Kingston has provided us with tests for its HyperX DDR4 SDRAM kit from the Fury series, which in the model range of this company is at the lowest level. However, this does not prevent the manufacturer from attributing these modules to the number of full-fledged solutions for enthusiasts and to promise “high speed of work with the Intel 100 and X99 chipsets.”
⇡ # Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 HX426C15FBK2 / 16: detailed acquaintance
The main hero of today’s review was a set of memory modules Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 with article HX426C15FBK2 / 16. This is a fairly inexpensive two-channel set of a pair of DDR4-2666 SDRAM modules with a total capacity of 16 GB.
Immediately it should be noted that with the Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 we are not meeting for the first time. Approximately six months ago we already experienced a couple of sets from this series, intended for use in the LGA2011-v3 platform. And then the HyperX Fury DDR4 series modules left a very favorable impression with a well thought out combination of characteristics and the available potential for overclocking. However, since that time a lot of time has passed for which Skylake processors appeared on the market and the second platform capable of working with DDR4 SDRAM is LGA1151. In this regard, the company Kingston decided to update and complement the HyperX Fury DDR4 memory series, and the kit that we received for testing now is just among the products of the second generation.
The key feature of the new DDR4-sets in the Fury series is that they now consist of not four, but from a pair of modules that are optimized for systems based on the Intel Z170 chipset. That is, the update is clearly tied to the output of the sixth generation Intel Core processors. Otherwise, no major changes have occurred – the new HyperX Fury DDR4 kits, like their predecessors, are positioned as an inexpensive offer for users who would like to have a margin for overclocking, but are not professionally overclocked. Therefore, the nominal frequencies of products in this series are hardly capable of impressing experienced enthusiasts: they are limited to a modest 2666 MHz by modern standards.
The HX426C15FBK2 / 16 package considered in this review is the highest offer in the HyperX Fury DDR4 series of the second generation. Nevertheless, it is completely incomprehensible to frighten the price: in comparison with DDR4-2133 sets of similar capacity, the HX426C15FBK2 / 16 set is only 10-15 percent more expensive.
Designed for LGA1151-systems Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 modules retained their main and unique property – the ease of configuration. They use the proprietary technology Kingston Plug and Play (PnP), thanks to which the use of memory slots in their passport mode does not require any adjustment of parameters in the BIOS of the motherboard: the necessary frequencies and timings should be activated completely automatically.
However, do not think that HyperX Fury DDR4 is an option for ordinary users, which is not able to interest enthusiasts. Modules are closed with rather complex aluminum black radiators, which give them a rather aggressive appearance. The surface of radiators is generously decorated with small bulges and slits, plus on the front side, there is a white paint written the name FURY and a convex shiny sweeping HyperX logo. All this, in general, gives the considered set a kind of good and expensive product, which is not shameful to install in the system of the upper price range.
Along with the attractive aesthetic component of radiators installed on HyperX Fury DDR4, one more positive feature should be noted. They add to the standard module height only 3 mm, and in the end, it does not exceed 34 mm. This is very important for those cases when in the system it is planned to use a massive processor cooler of the “two-sectional tower” format. Modules with large radiators make it difficult to install such super coolers, but with HyperX Fury DDR4 such collisions are unlikely to occur.
As mentioned above, the kit consists of two 8-GB DDR4 SDRAM slots oriented at a frequency of 2666 MHz. The declared timings formula at this frequency is 15-17-17-35. Moreover, according to the specifications, the operation of modules in DDR4-2666 mode does not require an increase in the supply voltage above the standardized value for DDR4 of 1.2 V, which gives us hope for a significant undisclosed overclocking potential. To simplify the configuration of memory in the regular mode, the kit supports XMP 2.0 profiles, the contents of which are presented in the following screenshot.
However, when you build a system with XMP 2.0 profiles, you can not use it. As already mentioned above, all memory of the HyperX Fury DDR4 series supports Kingston PnP technology, which allows getting the correctly configured memory subsystem out of the box, without having to change anything in the BIOS Setup. This is due to the carefully designed filling of the SPD. Usually, motherboards select memory parameters from the SPD by default, and to activate the overclocking modes, either set the frequency and timings manually or enable the appropriate XMP profile (if available). However, in HyperX Fury DDR4 the frequency and delays of the passport overclocking mode are not only recorded in XMP but also duplicated in SPD. Therefore, if the parameters of the memory subsystem in the BIOS of the motherboard are set to Auto, as it usually happens by default, then the necessary frequency and delay are activated by themselves.
It should be added here that SPD not only specifies a DDR4-2666 mode, but also two slower models DDR4-2400 and DDR4-2133. This is done so that the HX426C15FBK2 / 16 modules can work correctly also in those systems where there are limitations on the maximum memory speed, for example, in LGA1151-boards with the lower chipset of the hundredth series.
The element base for the set in question is not original. The modules included in it are based on a printed matte black board and sixteen 4-Gigabit SK Hynix H5AN4G8NMFR-TFC chips. Formally, these chips belong to the class DDR4-2133 CL15, but they are excellent chasing: this is one of the most popular fillings for overclocker DDR4 memory. For example, they are also used in Kingston kits of the more advanced Savage and Predator series. And this is one more reason why you can expect good overclocking potential from HyperX Fury DDR4 memory. Although, of course, the manufacturer certainly sorts the chips before installation, and it may well be that the more simple memory modules get the chips a bit worse.
Another interesting feature of the modules from the HX426C15FBK2 / 16 package is that they support temperature monitoring and for their thermal mode can be observed with the help of popular diagnostic utilities right from the OS. This is possible due to the fact that the SPD EEPROM in the HyperX Fury DDR4 modules is equipped with a 4-kilobit STTS2004 chip, which is equipped with a built-in thermal sensor. However, this possibility is unlikely to be of great practical value: DDR4, the more working at a voltage of 1.2 V, is a very economical thing.
It only remains to add that, like the overclocking memory of the top-end category, Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 kits before going on sale undergo multilevel testing and are supplied with a lifetime warranty (in Russia, due to the specifics of the legislation, the term of such guarantee is 10 years). Along the way, the manufacturer also speaks about the proven compatibility of its kit with the extensive list of motherboards based on Intel Z170 manufactured by ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte and MSI, the full list of which can be found on the manufacturer’s website.