Published on July 10th, 2014 | by Greg
HyperX FURY: Easily Upgrade Your RAM To The Max
For many people, it makes sense to replace your computer every few years. Components wear out, and new operating systems and applications require ever-faster hardware. The pieces make the machine, after all, and any one part can slow the whole thing down, serving as a bottleneck to performance. But if you have a bit of time and patience, you can quickly and easily pick up the skills to move from replacing your entire PC to swapping out components. This can save quite a bit of money, and it’s always fun to get your hands a bit dirty, even if the ‘dirt’ is just dust and silicon.
Gamers most of all should pay attention. Because there is some cutting edge new technology out there, and we’re starting to see the first games in a the new generation of consoles cross over to the PC. And even top-notch graphics cards from a couple of years ago have trouble running games like Watch Dogs at decent resolutions, which is why it was a better time than ever to explore upgrading our test machines. Plus, there is even a new chipset generation that has recently launched many new motherboards, called Z97, to go along with new Broadwell 5th generation Intel CPUs (and support 4th generation Haswell architecture as well). A full look at Z97 is beyond the scope of this piece, but if you’re searching for a new motherboard, you should definitely consider it. Laptop users, your best path to improving your performance is to upgrade your hard drive to a solid state drive like those from Kingston (or potentially replace it), and desktop users should consider that approach as well if they’ve noticed slower applications and longer loading times. But enthusiasts know that memory is critical, and one of the key items we were looking for while analyzing system buildout was RAM that didn’t require a lot of work, customization, or manual overclocking but could still offer incredible speeds and bedrock stability. We found it in the new Kingston HyperX Fury RAM, announced at CES 2014 and available now in white, red, blue, or black modules in a few different kits.
With flexible speeds- 333MHz, 1600MHz and a lovely 1866MHz- all we needed to do was install the RAM, clear our CMOS and BIOS settings, and the RAM did most of the rest, automatically detecting the optimal speeds and settings. That last sentence may sound like gibberish, but really, it’s probably as simple for most people as popping out their old sticks and putting in these. For the technically-minded, many others have found that they could push these to a blazing 2666MHz and we got a fair bit towards that just by adjusting the voltages, but considering our cooling situation (passive only), we didn’t quite push the limits. The stock radiators have held up nicely, and they aren’t too flashy, showy, or large- they’ll fit in just about any case. We ran some pretty serious error-checking tests (like HyperPi) and as usual with Kingston, they were error-free. True overclockers can find better timings than the 9-9-9-27 and 10-10-10-30 CAS latencies, but for the price, these will outperform just about anything in this class, and they come with a lifetime factory warranty. It’s their wide compatibility that we were most strongly impressed by, as we tested across not just our new Z97 system but many other setups, and they never hit a hitch (including Z68, Z87 and A87 and A88 chipsets with several different graphics cards, processors, and motherboard manufacturers, makes, and models).
On synthetic tests and benchmarks, there isn’t a wide discrepancy across most RAM these days, but in real-world framerate tests, you can expect about a 10-15% boost between speeds and a much smaller differential between other aspects. Until DDR4 becomes more common, you’re best off looking for a great value- and Kingston’s stable, solid, and impressively versatile HyperX Fury RAM make it easy to choose wisely and upgrade your system instantly. Available now, our configuration was two matching 2×4 sets, priced at around $92 each online and in stores (a straight 16GB kit is $155 or so).