Author: Frank Stroupe
A Closer Look
Immediately noticeable upon opening the box is Kingston’s new pin-fin heatspreaders. They call the technology HTX, which stands for HyperX Thermal Xchange. The style of these pin-fins create a huge amount of surface for heat transfer. Between this surface area and the fact that the memory runs at 1.65v, these modules should always be cool to the touch. They are very tall which should put them right in the airstream of a tower CPU cooler, normally the memory gets little or no cooling help from tower coolers.
The HyperX DDR3-2000 Triple Channel runs with timings of 9-9-9-27 at 1.65v. The low VDIMM is a requirement of the i7.memory voltages over 1.65v are likely to damage the CPU. Keep in mind that the i7 has an internal memory controller, and everything works together now, unlike the Core 2, whose memory operation was a function of the NB.
Other than that, the heatspreaders are still Kingston blue, the Kingston HyperX Logo, and the unique data lable hasn’t changed.
Not a lot more you can say about the cosmetics of the memory modules, let’s get them in a rig!