Formally, Kingston LoVo HyperX is a very specific product. On the one hand, it is positioned as a solution for energy-efficient systems, on the other – as overclocker memory for computer enthusiasts. And this contradiction is very puzzling: the potential user group for this type of memory seems to be very small, if it exists at all. True, there are hardly any overclocking fans, who would be willing to pay extra money for the memory’s ability to work at low voltages, especially since overclocking almost always causes a significant increase in the system energy demands.
The real power consumption tests also aren’t in favor of low-voltage overclocker memory. They showed that lowering the voltage of DDR3 SDRAM modules, which are not very power-hungry to begin with, result in minimal savings of 2-3 watts that will inevitably be lost against the background of overall system power consumption readings.
In other words, we can recommend using Kingston LoVo HyperX memory as directed only in those few systems that are built with high-performance components from energy-efficient and low-voltage product families. And I have to admit that high-frequency LoVo memory discussed today won’t be the best choice for platforms like that. In this case it would be better to go for a slower and cheaper DDR3-1333 SDRAM kit also offered within Kingston LoVo HyperX family.
However, everything is still not that simple. The thing is that Kingston LoVo HyperX modules use regular DDR3 Elpida “Hyper” chips. In other words, the modules ability to work at low voltages is not due to specific components used in them, but simply due to appropriate chips selection. As a result, no one can prevent you from using low-voltage Kingston memory modules at regular voltage of 1.5-1.65 V. and this is where Kingston LoVo HyperX modules start to shine due to the use of very successful components. They turn out highly overclockable. For example, the Kingston KHX1866C9D3LK2/4GX kit we tested today could work stably in modes exceeding DDR3-2000. And in most cases no voltage increase past 1.5 V was necessary.
In other words, Kingston LoVo HyperX is more of an overclocker rather than energy-efficient kit. And if you regard it as such, then purchasing Kingston KHX1866C9D3LK2/4GX will make a lot of practical sense.
We find the idea of low-voltage memory for enthusiasts extremely interesting that is why we are proud to award Kingston KHX1866C9D3LK2/4GX memory our Ultimate Innovation title: