Kingston Hyper X Impact Notebook Memory Review

Kingston Hyper X Impact Notebook Memory Review

Let me just start this review by saying that when it comes to memory Kingston is one of the best companies out there and with there Hyper X Impact series they have proved that. The Hyper X Impact Series is one the of the fastest SODIMM memory available for laptops. It can achieve clock speed of upto 2100MHz by maintaining a low voltage of 1600MHz. Unfortunately, we were not able to test the 2100MHz model since the model we got had a clock speed of 1600MHz. Let’s get into the review of this bad boy. Shall we?

The Box

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The packaging is fairly minimal, it comes in plastic, fully transparent memory box with one label which is including memory model and version, serial number and short description.

In terms of looks the Hyper X Impact is very good looking. It is all black and has a really stealth look to it.

Specifications

  • SO-DIMM form factor features stylish and slim thermal label for an easy fit
  • Capacities 4GB, 8GB (single) and 8GB, 16GB (kits)
  • Speeds 1600MHz–2400MHz2
  • Latency CL9-CL12
  • Voltage 1.35V
  • Easy installation and automatic overclocking; no adjustments in BIOS needed
  • Eco-friendly with low voltage settings for cooler and quieter computing
  • 100% factory tested
  • Lifetime Warranty

Performance

The model Kingston sent us was the 8GB(4GBx2) model which was had a clock speed of 1600MHz. The RAM was tested on HP ProBook with an i5 processor. The laptop by default comes with a 4GB RAM and switching the RAM from the pre installed RAM to the Hyper X Impact, the improved performance could be seen. Playing games like Need For Speed Most Wanted 2 had less lag and even boot timings were improved.

PCMARK Benchmark

I used PCMARK by Futuremark, which is the latest in benchmarking software with an amazing UI. Testing the memory we will focus on daily work and office stages.

 

HyperX_benchThe tests were successful and it gave a decent score and the benchmark took about half an hour.

General performance of HyperX Impact is really good. Similar processors are in most cheaper notebook for which DDR3-1600 version of HyperX Impact will be optimal. Also low work voltage of 1.35V is an advantage in this case as keeping high performance we can also save battery’s life.

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Value For Money
OVERALL
Kingston HyperX Impact 8GB DDR3-1600 kit is a really good laptop memory. It's performing like we would expect from a high end laptop memory series so simply great. Installation is really simple. Kingston used only one memory profile with optimal settings so we can be sure that nearly every laptop will set it correctly. There are no additional profiles and we won't be needing them since the factory tuned profiles work without any trouble.
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