Kingston Genesis 4GB DDR3 2133MHz Review


Kingston Genesis 4GB DDR3 Review


In the introduction we postulated as to whether the Genesis truly was something that heralded a new dawn, and a vital purchase for your shiny new system, or if it's merely the same as a P55 kit, but with a different branding for the sales benefits therein.

Straight away it's clear that there are a lot of benefits to be had from matching the right part to the right job. Looking through our graphs, even with the full Core i7-870 pushing the T1 and Trident along they were no match for the Genesis.

Memory and CPUs are so closely related these days that one would expect the more powerful i7 CPU to overcome any tiny performance benefits the P67 system has, but this was nowhere near the case. Perhaps the two best demonstrations of this were :

The CineBench test where we were convinced the extra four virtual cores would romp home ahead of the i5-2500K but in fact the opposite occurred. .4 PTS might not seem much, but it's a hell of a difference in the rigorous CineBench.
Secondly the SiSoft Sandra Cache and Memory benchmark. My heavens it's one thing to grab a few extra edges of bandwidth, but the Genesis/2500K combination annihilated our Core i7-870 dual-channel setups.

The only down-side, if it can be called such, is the lack of overclock capability. This is far more of an issue with the new way Intel control the speed of their boards and the RAM though, than any limitation of the Kingston product.

So it is pretty as anything, fits under even the largest heatsink, is very very fast out of the box with no tweaking required, and comes with the excellent backup from the Kingston warranty. You'd expect it to be pricey but this 4GB kit clocks in just below £80.

Once again Kingston prove themselves the memory Kings. The Genesis has to win our Gold Award. We can't find a fault with it at all.


Thanks to Kingston for providing the Genesis for review. Discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

14-03-2011, 10:11:29

damn that some impressive scores i cannot wait till i can afford a new system...Quote

14-03-2011, 11:27:01

(in a Borat voice) "i like"Quote

14-03-2011, 11:55:51

Awesomely fast, affordable and looks great. Finally some unpainted heatsinks. These along with some of their more traditional blue heatsinks on a MSI board will be awesome xDQuote

14-03-2011, 15:54:49

Amazingly affordable kit of memory there! Looks to be an absolutely kicking product. Well done Kingston! Quote

14-03-2011, 15:57:38

the set my mate got are doing 2200mhz @ 9-10-9-26-1t 100% stable and are hit and miss @2000 cas8 but the gains all come from the mhz with them latency didnt gain much in benchmarks.

the one thing (other than the balls out performance) that struck me about them was the look, the etched hyper x on the gun metal grey is such a nich look that they just ooze so much understated class its untrue. i can only imagine how hard it was to get some nice pics of them, they go from a matt grey to shining like a diamond within a couple of degree.

i havent seen ram look as good as this since corsair first released the dominator range.Quote

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