Monday, February 16, 2015

Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 Kit

HyperX Predator DDR4 - Home


Comes in a rather modest looking brown box with a striking red-white product label.


2 blister packs of 2 memory sticks each, well cushioned by protective foam. Solidly crafted heavy metal heatspreaders on a matte black PCB make for a most beautiful piece of design work.

Test Setup

★ Asus X99-A | i7-5820K | HyperX Predator DDR4-3000 16GB Kit@XMP | Intel 730 480GB SSD | NiCu HK 3.0-GTX360 | AMD HD7850 | Corsair RM850 PSU ★

Here's a shot of the innards if you are curious enough
DDR4 Predator bare...

UEFI Identification

Supports JEDEC and XMP 2.0 - 2 XMP profiles are available at DDR4-2666 (for better compatibility) and DDR4-3000 (faster for capable motherboards/CPUs). Both are set at 1.35V and 125MHz bus speeds.

The DDR4-3000 XMP setting (remember bclk 125) was used for this testing as the test CPU-mobo combo did not have any issues using it.If your mobo is unable to POST at DDR4-3000, consider falling back to the other XMP setting of DDR4-2666 with tighter timings instead.


Quite a lot of SPD info is being dumped here eg. this is the first time I see onboard temperatures sensors being reported on these HyperX sticks. Other juicy bits of info include confirmation of SK Hynix modules usage, single rank config etc...


The HyperX onboard temperature sensors are already supported by this great monitoring utility, nice!

And all sticks are running at great temps too thanks to the hunky heatspreaders  :)


Hyperpi 32M

Clears easily with the RAM run at XMP settings

Initial Impressions (or to DDR4-3000 and beyond... )

Running DDR4-3000 is probably overkill for most enduser rigs but for those who demand the meanest looking high end RAM around, the HyperX Predator DDR4-3000 kit is an automatic consideration.

Seems everyone loves the black PCB with the uber cool matte black heat spreaders. These HyperX sticks are hefty, simply oozing class and quality. They are also among the tallest around so factor in height restrictions when planning your rig.

Just remember, there is also some configuration legwork to be done to get the RAM working as intended since both XMP settings are using the 125MHz bus speed instead of the usual 100.

Quite a few reviews have lamented the difficulty in pushing beyond DDR4-3000 but one can't help but wonder where else the issue could possibly lie since there are still motherboards with difficulty going beyond DDR4-2666 even. Besides the mobo, the CPU IMC lottery is another possblle factor, And some may argue if there is any actual need (not want) for overclocking beyond DDR4-3000...

In the end the Intel X99/DDR4 platform is currently still novel and nascent, future BIOS improvements may smoothen things for more motherboards.

DDR4-3000 Recommended Reading

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