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Kingston HyperX Genesis KHX1600C9D3K2/8G

Kingston’s overclocker-friendly HyperX memory falls into three subseries: Blu, Genesis and T1. The cheapest memory modules with uninspiring specs for thrifty enthusiasts are marketed as Blu. The T1 series is the fastest option for hardcore overclockers. And the Genesis series these modules come from are the middle class. More specifically, the KHX1600C9D3K2/8G product is an entry-level Genesis offer as it lacks XMP or aggressive timings. In fact, it is rated for a clock rate of 1600 MHz which has already become standard for Ivy Bridge CPUs.

Well, you shouldn’t be misled into regarding the KHX1600C9D3K2/8G kit, which consists of two 4GB sticks, as an unexciting product with standard specs. It is indeed an enthusiast-targeted solution which features eye-catching heatsinks and is capable of working at nonstandard settings.

We’ve mentioned the heatsinks and they are indeed effective on the Genesis modules. Painted deep blue, they have stylish perforation and bear a shiny HyperX logo. Most importantly, the heatsinks are designed in such a clever way that they do not increase the standard dimensions of memory sticks. Therefore, the Genesis modules are going to fit into any system irrespective of what CPU cooler you use. They are also efficient because DDR3 SDRAM dissipates little heat (no more than 1.5 watts per module) and doesn’t really need large heatsinks even if the voltage is increased to 1.65 volts.

There are 16 Micron D9PFJ chips under the heatsinks of the KHX1600C9D3K2/8G memory modules. Besides Kingston, Crucial employs such chips as well, and also in memory modules rated for DDR-1333/1600. Our experience suggests that memory based on these chips can be overclocked well, but you need to increase its voltage above 1.65 volts, which is not recommended by Intel.

Here is a summary of the Kingston HyperX Genesis KHX1600C9D3K2/8G specs:

  • Dual-channel kit consists of two memory modules, 4 GB each;
  • Nominal frequency: 1600 MHz;
  • Timings: 9-9-9-27;
  • Voltage: 1.65 V.

Being an entry-level offer in the Genesis series, the KHX1600C9D3K2/8G modules have no XMP profile, so they must be manually configured according to their specs. Their settings are only selected automatically according to the SPD profile which only contains data for a slow operation mode of DDR3-1333.

However, the KHX1600C9D3K2/8G kit is factory-tested in DDR3-1600 mode, so it should have no problems working at that clock rate.

It has become normal for makers of overclocker-friendly DDR3 SDRAM to offer a lifetime warranty for their products. Since the HyperX Genesis KHX1600C9D3K2/8G is targeted at overclockers, its warranty is lifetime, too.

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