We are going to look at Kingston's top end offering into the enthusiast's market. The HyperX PC3500 module. In my opinion, when building a system, the first components you want to set your budget on are a good motherboard, with plenty of options/features, a strong power supply, and high quality ram. If you build your machine around those core components, you'll be a force to be reckoned with, which ever side of the AMD/Intel war your are on. Kingston has long been known to have quality ram. Not the fastest, most overclockable, but good ram none the less. They look to break the mold with the HyperX series. Established in 1987, Kingston has grown to be the largest independent memory module manufacturer in the industry, and is involved in the DRAM process from the dicing of the wafer to encasing the integrated circuits to assembling the module to testing the finished product. They also have rigorous testing procedures to ensure that the memory they are selling will achieve the advertised speeds. You can read more about their testing here.
Packaging and Specs
Kingston's HyperX comes packaged in the standard memory packaging, along with installation instructions and warranty information. The PC3500 modules are rated at 434MHz 2-4-4-8-1T (CAS 2). The 512MB modules are dual bank (the 256MB are single bank), and come with the blue aluminum heat spreaders. As stated by Kingston, the HyperX is specially engineered and tested for higher speeds and overclocking.
Specs and Features
New HyperX Enthusiast Grade Modules:
Designed and built by the world's largest independent memory manufacturer
High performance DDR memory tested at speeds up to 434MHz
CAS Latency 2 support for leading-edge performance
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