• 2400 MHz speeds
  • 1.65V
  • 2 x 4GB (density)
  • DDR3 RAM
  • Pros:
  • Awesome performance
  • Dual XMP profile
  • Cons:
  • Tall heatsink fins may require space management
  • Some difficulty mounting on dashboard

Hyper-formance Memory

For PC building and overclocking enthusiasts, RAM sticks are as important as the other larger components, so much so that some people would take the time to look at the memory module manufacturers printed on the IC to get the best bang for the buck, or pay exorbitant prices for them. Knowing a niche when they see it, Kingston has released the HyperX T1 modules that are sure to pique their interest.

Yet another set of modules in the HyperX stable, the T1 stands taller than most, if not other RAMs, both literally and figuratively. First thing to note here is the tall fin heatsink. See it? Excellent eyesight.

The ones used on the T1 are, in particular, taller than the other HyperX heatsinks, which serves to keep the IC modules cooler, allowing the RAM to perform better overall. Whilst this is an excellent feature, be wary about using CPU heatsinks that are big, as they might not fit on certain motherboards if you’re using this particular set of RAMs.

At its default profile, the T1 runs with 4GBs at 2,400MHz, with a low-latency timing of 11-13-13. With XMP enabled on your motherboard, you get to choose from a second profile too, which runs at a slightly lower speed of 2,133MHz with a timing of 11-12-11. This is very nifty.

With the two 4GB sticks, we ran them on a dual channel setup, and found that the performance with the 2,400MHz profile to be off the charts. With the T1, what you pay for is truly what you get. Coupled with an SSD, we got Windows to boot under ten seconds, while software and programs open under five, with no latency or lag issues whatsoever.

Theoretically, you could also overclock the T1 sticks to 2,666MHz, but it really is not necessary as the T1 performs extremely well even on stock speeds. A 4 x 4GB setup of the T1 is surely to keep your computer going for the next few years at least.

CHIP CONCLUDEKingston HyperX T1 memory modules are some of the best to come out of the Taiwanese memory giant’s factories, with super performances and superior cooling. Just make sure you make some space for it!

(previously published in issue August 2012)