Kingston has a long history of providing memory products for PC enthusiasts, so it’s no surprise they’ve gone all in with the latest DDR4 platform. Their current HyperX DDR4 offerings include the Predator and Fury lines, which are both aimed at enthusiast-level PC users. Today, we’ll be looking at a kit from Kingston’s HyperX Fury family – The 32 GB DDR4-2400MHz kit to be exact. The HyperX Fury DDR4 kits range in speeds from 2133 MHz to 2666 MHz and come in either 16 or 32 GB capacities. Several months ago, we had the opportunity to review a DDR3 HyperX Fury kit and came away impressed with its performance and overclocking ability. We’re excited to see if the DDR4 iteration of the HyperX Fury can continue that tradition, so let’s get started!
Specifications and Features
There are a few things that immediately stand out when viewing the features and specifications. First is the extremely low operating voltage of 1.2 V. The kit also has an impressive set of timings at 15-15-15 and offers full support for Intel’s XMP 2.0. The other cool thing about this kit is the Plug-N-Play feature, which means the kit should boot up at its rated speed and timings from the start. Most other kits default at 2133 MHz upon first boot (regardless of their rated speed) and require user interaction to set the memory speed correctly. This can be a big deal for novice users who don’t quite understand why their memory doesn’t default to the advertised speeds upon first boot.
Once you have the HyperX Fury kit installed, here is what the motherboard’s UEFI BIOS and CPU-Z report. The kit booted right up to its rated speed upon first boot, so we can confirm the Plug-N-Play feature does indeed work as intended.
Before we take a closer look at the HyperX Fury DDR4-2400 MHz kit, let’s give the marketing folks at Kingston a chance to have their say about the HyperX Fury DDR4 line of memory.
Retail Packaging/Product Tour
The retail packaging consists of a unique clam-shell design with a label on top. The stick-on label provides a basic product description and a few high level features. Both sides of the package have “factory sealed” stickers applied, which insure no shenanigans have taken place prior to the kit arriving to you. Inside the clam-shell, you’ll find the four memory modules, a warranty and installation guide, and a small HyperX sticker.
The following pictures will give you a good idea of the module’s aesthetics, which is basically a black and silver theme. The height of the heatspreaders are very receptive to large air cooling solutions that might overhang the DIMM slot area. We like the fact Kingston incorporated a black PCB, which matches perfectly with the heatspreaders. The asymmetrical black heatspreaders feel very well constructed and have a ventilation area at the top where heat is able to escape. Overall, well designed and good looks!
Testing for Stability at Rated Speed/Timings
We like to begin our testing with a stability check at advertised speed/timings/voltage. For this task, we use our Ultra-X R.S.T. Premium USB memory tester. A note of thanks go out to the guys at Ultra-X for providing us with the tester, and we’re delighted to be one of only a few review sites that have one. The Ultra-X R.S.T. Premium is a bootable USB device that relentlessly beats on memory for an extended period of time and will definitely find any instabilities if they are present. Depending on the total capacity of the memory kit, it takes several hours to complete the five passes we prefer to run. Looking at the picture below, you can see it took just short of 14 hours to complete the full five passes. No errors were detected, so we can confidently say this kit is rock solid stable.
For in-OS stability, we fire off a 32M run of HyperPi. No problems encountered there either.
Here are the components used in our X99 test bed with all of today’s comparison kits listed just below. The six DDR4 memory kits we have in our comparison group include today’s HyperX Fury review sample and five other previously reviewed kits. The links are to their respective reviews.
|Test System Components|
|Motherboard||ASUS Rampave V Extreme|
|CPU||Intel i7 5960X|
|Memory||Various – See Table Below|
|Video Card||EVGA GTX 780 Ti Classified|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256 GB|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Pro x64|
|Kingston||HyperX Fury||DDR4 2400||Quad||4X8 GB||15-15-15-35-2T||1.2 V|
|Patriot||Viper4||DDR4 3000||Quad||4X4 GB||16-16-16-36-2T||1.35 V|
|G.Skill||Ripjaws4||DDR4 3000||Quad||4X4 GB||15-15-15-35-2T||1.35 V|
|Corsair||Vengeance LPX||DDR4-2800||Quad||4X4 GB||16-18-18-36-2T||1.2 V|
|G.Skill||Ripjaws4||DDR4-2666||Quad||4X4 GB||15-15-15-35-2T||1.2 V|
|ADATA||XPG Z1||DDR4-2400||Quad||4X8 GB||16-16-16-39-2T||1.2 V|
In the interest of full disclosure, the G.Skill DDR4-3000 MHz, ADATA, and Corsair kits were tested using the ASUS X99 Deluxe motherboard. The G.Skill DDR4-2666 MHz, Patriot Viper4 and today’s sample were all tested on the Rampage V Extreme motherboard. Both motherboards were set to use the memory’s XMP Profile with the CPU at its stock settings for all tests. Both of the motherboards also feature the ASUS OC Socket, so results should be consistent between the two different motherboards.
The graphs below show percentage values with the Kingston HyperX Fury kit (today’s review sample) being the basis and therefore, always 100%. For the scored benchmarks, a higher percentage is better, while for timed benchmarks, a lower percentage is better. Below each chart is a table with the raw data used to compile the chart.
AIDA64’s memory suite tests read, write, copy, and latency performance. The read test shows the Kingston HyperX Fury beating all but the two 3000 MHz kits. In the write test, the Kingston HyperX Fury kit finished in a virtual tie with the ADATA kit, which interestingly are the two kits with the slowest MHz rating and the highest capacity at 32 GB. The copy test was dominated by the two 3000 MHz kits from Patriot and G.Skill, but the Kingston HyperX Fury managed to beat out the ADATA and Corsair samples. The latency test (lower percentage is better) was also a win for the two 3000 MHz kits, but the HyperX Fury managed to beat out all the other competitors.
|AIDA64 Memory Benchmarks – Raw Data|
|Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4-2400||60710||47885||62341||67.4|
|Patriot Viper 4 DDR4-3000||61665||46973||66972||65.7|
|G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-3000||61874||46994||67752||64.0|
|Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800||59046||47684||56632||69.8|
|G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2666||60378||46997||62783||68.9|
|ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-24000||59793||47921||61091||69.8|
We don’t typically see much difference in performance during the SuperPi and wPrime benchmark runs. True to form, all four tests show very little difference between the comparison samples. Both wPrime tests showed an advantage for the HyperX Fury, except for the 1024M test where it fell slightly behind the Corsair kit. The field of comparison kits were packed so tightly in the SuperPi tests, it’s difficult to declare a true winner. Suffice to say, the Kingston HyperX Fury had no problem hanging with all the other kits here.
|SuperPi & wPrime – Raw Data|
||SPi 32M||wP 32M||wP 1024M|
|Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4-2400||10.358||537.001||3.512||103.444|
|Patriot Viper 4 DDR4-3000||10.343||533.521||3.572||103.459|
|G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-3000||10.358||535.128||3.588||101.728|
|Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800||10.281||529.356||3.527||101.728|
|G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2666||10.342||538.528||3.526||103.554|
|ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-24000||10.296||543.115||3.525||103.586|
Rendering, Compression, and Video Conversion Testing
All three Cinebench benchmarks are run to show rendering performance. The R10 test results have the HyperX Fury losing out by just a tad to the two 3000 MHz samples, but on top of all the other competitors. The R11.5 results show a tightly packed group with all the samples being within a couple percentage points of each other. The HyperX Fury did manage to eek out a win over both 3000 MHz kits here though. The group of comparison samples were bunched even tighter in the R15 test as all the kits were less than a percentage point apart.
|Cinebench R10, R11.5, R15 Benchmarks – Raw Data|
||CB R11.5||CB R15|
|Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4-2400||44489||15.26||1406|
|Patriot Viper4 DDR4-3000||44812||15.24||1409|
|G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-3000||44800||15.17||1407|
|Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800||44206||15.49||1412|
|G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2666||44333||15.26||1401|
|ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-2400||43761||15.26||1407|
Compression testing is performed with 7zip’s built-in benchmark. Here we see the HyperX Fury landing in the middle of the pack, but again there was only a little over 1% difference between all the samples. Video compression is tested using the PoV Ray and x264 benchmarks. The Pov Ray results land the HyperX Fury atop the Corsair sample, and less than a half percent behind the other competitors. The x264 Pass 1 benchmark has five of the six samples with almost identical results with the ADATA kit falling just a tad behind. The Pass 2 benchmark again shows a very tight group with only .13% separating the top five finishers.
|7zip, PoV Ray 3.73, x264 – Raw Data|
||x264 P1||x264 P2|
|Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4-2400||43335||2853.37||205.85||83.42|
|Patriot Viper 4 DDR4-3000||43496||2842.87||205.88||83.35|
|G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-3000||43532||2847.19||205.88||83.42|
|Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800||43640||2903.74||208.17||84.80|
|G.Skill Ripjaws4 DDR4-2666||43235||2845.25||205.88||83.43|
|ADATA XPG Z1 DDR4-24000||42945||2849.11||204.98||83.20|
All in all, a great showing by the Kingston HyperX Fury. In most cases, the HyperX Fury was easily able to keep up with faster rated kits, so it’s difficult to complain about anything on the performance front.
Getting to 2666 MHz required no effort at all. In fact, all we had to do was change the speed to 2666 MHz and leave everything else the same. This meant voltage was still 1.2 V and timings remained at 15-15-15-35. Off to a good start!
As easy as 2666 MHz was able to obtain, we ramped it up to 3000 MHz. This HyperX Fury kit ran happily at this speed with the timings at 15-15-15-36 and the voltage at 1.35 V, which coincidentally are the same settings most high-end DDR4-3000 MHz kits use. Impressive result for sure!
For a final push, we were able to get the memory kit stable at 3111 MHz by utilizing the 166 strap, 16-16-16-36 timings, and 1.4 V. Were talking a stable 711 MHz overclock here with very little effort.
Returning the memory to its default 2400 MHz speed, we went to work on the timings. Using 1.4 V, the kit was able to be stabilized at 12-13-13-36. Yet another impressive result here.
There isn’t much we can describe beyond what you’ve seen during the review. The performance was right on par with what you’d expect out of a DDR4-2400 MHz kit. Where this kit will separate itself from many competitor kits is its overclocking potential. Whether you prefer to overclock for higher MHz or lower timings, the HyperX Fury DDR4-2400 is ready and willing to please.
Aesthetically speaking, the HyperX Fury is an attractive option that would blend in nicely with many different system color schemes. Kingston went the extra mile too by making the PCB black, which finishes off the looks nicely.
If you look at how easily this kit overclocks to DDR4-3000 MHz speeds and then compare that to what 32 GB DDR4-3000 MHz kits actually cost ($700 to $1000), you can’t argue with the price of this kit. The only place I was able to find the HyperX Fury kit available for purchase is directly from Kingston’s webstore. The price listed there is $469, which lands it right about in the middle of similar kits listed at places like Newegg.
We tried like heck to come up with something to nitpick about, but there really isn’t anything at all not to like. The HyperX Fury DDR4-2400 32 GB kit was rock solid stable throughout all our testing, displayed great performance at stock speeds, and the overclocking potential is astounding. Kingston definitely has a winner on their hands here… Overclockers approved!