The RAM and memory market has always been somewhat of a weird one for me. I have spoken and made recommendations for countless people and their needs vary greatly but will always revolve around to 3 common things: speed, ease of use and looks. That last one having a such a huge impact particularly for a large number of folks. Today we have the latest addition the HyperX family from Kingston: the HyperX Fury.
The HyperX series from Kingston is their signature line of performance products for gamers and enthusiasts but they have always had a room for even the most novice of performance seekers with products like the HyperX PnP and HyperX blu. The HyperX Fury is an evolution of those modules, seeking to bring together the best of all worlds by offering a set of colors to choose from and get this;Â reach rated speeds up to DDR3-1866 WITHOUTÂ touching anything in the BIOS. Yup, no XMP needed.
Read on and let’s find out what the new HyperX Fury is all about.
Features – HyperX Fury
Dual channel available
Capacities of up to 8GB (single) and 8GBâ€“16GB (kits)
Frequency (speed) 1333MHz, 1600MHz, 1866MHz
CAS latency 9-9-9-27, 10-10-10-30 and 10-11-10-30
Asymmetric heat spreader for stylish heat dissipation
Compatible with H67, P67, Z68, Z77, Z87 and H61 Intel chipsets, as well as A75, A87, A88, A89, A78 and E35 AMD chipsets
Since HaswellÂ came in, our memory section hasn’t quite been updated as it should be and even though weâ€™re using a whole new platform for our reviews we have not been able to establish a comparative table for RAM. That said, weâ€™ll focus on raw data for this review and as usual we will keep the commentaries to a minimum so you can take the information for your own conclusion.
As we mentioned, setting up the HyperX Fury is a breeze. No need to go into the BIOS to switch on the XMP profile. Kingston has been the innovator of plug-and-play modules and the HyperX Fury is another step for the company by going up to DDR3-1866 speeds without XMP profiles. The DIMMs are also rated for the standard 1.5v instead of 1.65v needed for high-speed memory.
Benching the modules we get the following results in SuperPI32M: a benchmarking tool used in many overclocking competitions and is quite sensitive to memory performance:
These DIMMs have plenty of headroom as our voltage is still within standards. If there is something that Kingston is good at, its looseÂ binning process allows higher performing chips to trickle down to the lower-range HyperX products like the HyperX Fury. So to test out our theory we loosen up the timings on the DDR3-1866 Fury kits we have and see how far we go when we step up the voltage to HyperX Beast levels and speeds:
HyperX Fury @ DDR3-2133
Okay, looks good already. But let’s see if we can push it further to our standard speed of DDR3-2400. This has always been the memory speed of choice for us here in B2G as it reflects the most common speeds for high-end rigs.
HyperX Fury @ DDR3-2400
Bearing the same specs as its high-performance brother, the HyperX Fury just takes it in stride. That is a 29% overclock and is simply impressive. We tested for stability and this clocks are rock stable. Pushing it further though, we weren’t able to get to DDR3-2500 even with 1.71v so we stuck with our highest stable overclock of DDR3-2400 instead of tweaking further as these are after all, consumer-friendly variants and not the OC-types we’re used to. But boy, that overclock…
Here is the SuperPI32M results, compare it to the results we have on the same system and the difference is just amazing:
I just can’t get over just how much of an overclock we got from these chips. For comparison’s sake, we have another kit here from a competing brand rated at DDR3-1866 which can barely hit a stable DDR3-2000 (you’ll see that in a future review).Â Let’s break it down further for our verdict:
Performance.Â If you scroll up just a bit you’ll see once again just how much we were able to squeeze out of these memories. The HyperX Fury is available in 1333, 1600 and 1866 and we’re just amazed at what kind of OCs the lower-speed models can pull off with a bit of a voltage bump. Certainly something that beginning overclockers can really get into.
Build Quality.Â The new heatsink design is really aggressive yet stylish at the same time. The coloring is well-made and doesn’t chip easily plus the PCB is now in glorious black. The little HyperX label on top gives the modules another angle of elegance when viewed from outside the case.
Functionality.Â The HyperX Fury boasts plug-and-play technology. We can’t argue with how simple that is. Anyone who isn’t comfortable fiddling with the BIOS will be pleased to know that these modules are simply the way to go until they get the guts to start fiddling to get things to work.
Bundle.Â Average bundle for memory modules although plus creds for the inclusion of the foil sticker. This is a new addition to HyperX products and we love to show our love for Kingston.
Value.Â The exact kits we have for this review is set for retail atÂ $134 but one can easily pick up a pair for as low as $74. Depending on your region and availability, prices vary. Still, compared to other products on the market today, the HyperX Fury is simply the most affordable, designer-looks memory kit you can get. Note that you also get an incredible amount of OC for that value.
Just to reiterate that last statement again, you get an incredible amount of overclocking from these modules which means you’re getting next-tier performance for a lower price should you be the type that likes to overclock. If not, you still get a maintenance-free module that doesn’t need any BIOS configuration to reach its rated speeds. If that still doesn’t satisfy you, the HyperX Fury comes in 4 colors to choose from to match your underwear or system build, whichever is your preference.
We are totally hard-pressed to come up with anything negative to say about the HyperX Fury. The kits are just impressive from any perspective. Sure, we want more colors like perrywinkle and martian magenta but that’s just nitpicking. In all seriousness though, Kingston has found a nice balance for the HyperX Fury and while we do note that higher speed modules could’ve been a nice addition to the line, we do not hold it against the product.
The Kingston HyperX Fury memory kit has left us in awe: these are now our favorite memory kits for daily use. Simple to use, stylish, easy to overclock and budget-friendly. If the choice was up to us, we award the Kingston HyperX Fury the King of Consumer RAM… but because that’s not our choice, we award the Kingston HyperX Fury Memory Kit our B2G Silver Award.
The Kingston HyperX Fury is backed by a lifetime warranty. And we still want more colors.