Kingston HyperX PC2-9600 DDR2 2GB Kit
Published: 10th April 2007 | Source: Kingston | Price: |Introduction
Back in September 2006 I was lucky enough to review Kingston's HyperX PC2-8500 1gb kit. With the ability to overclock all the way up to DDR2-1150 and run tight timings, the kit was given a well deserved 'Editors Choice' award.
Since then the demand for high-speed DDR2 has increased dramatically, with many people looking for 2gb kits guaranteed to run at DDR2-1200+. Today I'll be looking at Kingston's top-of-the-range HyperX PC2-9600 kit to see if it can satisfy our need for speed.
Here's a little about Kingston and their history..
|Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s independent memory leader.|
Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston® now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and cell phones. In 2005, the company's sales exceeded $3.0 billion.
With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs almost 2,900 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success.
The following information has been taken directly from Kingston's website:
|It's Here - HyperX DDR2 memory, the next-generation evolution of DDR memory technology. Like all Kingston HyperX products, HyperX DDR2 modules were specifically engineered and designed to meet the rigorous requirements of PC enthusiasts. HyperX DDR2 offers faster speeds, lower latencies, higher data bandwidths and lower power consumption. HyperX is available in single and dual channel memory kits.|
|Kingston's KHX9600D2K2/2G is a kit of two 128M x 64-bit 1GB (1024MB) DDR2-1200 CL5 SDRAM (Synchronous DRAM) memory modules, based on sixteen 64M x 8-bit DDR2 FBGA components per module. Total kit capacity is 2GB (2048MB). Each module pair has been tested to run at DDR2-1200MHz at a latency timing of 5-5-5-15 at 2.3 - 2.35V. The SPD is programmed to JEDEC standard latency 800Mhz timing of 5-5-5-15 at 1.8V. Each 240-pin DIMM uses gold contact fingers and requires +1.8V. The electrical and mechanical specifications are as follows:|
• Power supply : Vdd: 1.8V ± 0.1V, Vddq: 1.8V ± 0.1V
• Double-data-rate architecture; two data transfers per clock cycle
• Bidirectional data strobe(DQS)
• Differential clock inputs(CK and CK)
• DLL aligns DQ and DQS transition with CK transition
• Programmable Read latency 5 (clock)
• Burst Length: 4, 8 (Interleave/nibble sequential)
• Programmable Burst type (sequential & interleave)
• Timing Reference: 5-5-5-15 at 1.8V / 5-5-5-15 at 2.3 - 2.35V
• Edge aligned data output, center aligned data input Auto & Self refresh, 7.8us refresh interval (8K/64ms refresh)
• Serial presence detect with EEPROM
• High Performance Heat Spreader
• PCB : Height 1.180” (30.00mm), single sided component
As you may be able to see from the images above, the KHX9600D2K2/2G kit is based on D9GKX IC's from Micron. No doubt these IC's have been cherry picked by Kingston to run at a guaranteed DDR2-1200 with only 2.3v. Overclocking the modules may prove fruitless as it's fairly unheard of for D9 to go much higher than 600mhz (DDR2-1200) with only 2.3v-2.35v, and unfortunately your Kingston warranty will be voided if you decide to put any more voltage through them.