Today we are going to look at and review Kingston’s first DDR4 memory with RGB lighting, paired with infrared technology to keep those RGB lighting in sync – the HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 memory. DDR4 memory with RGB lighting is not new, in fact Kingston or HyperX is a little bit late on the DDR4 RGB party. Nevertheless, better late than never, and they brought something new on the table. The HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 memory sticks are built with IR technology that synchronizes RGB lighting across the multiple modules. So how does it work? And how about its performance in general? Let’s find out in our HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 memory review below.
HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 16GB Memory Review
The HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 memory may seem like a typical DDR4 memory with RGB lighting, but it’s the industry’s first memory module featuring synchronized RGB lighting with IR or infrared technology. The company has designed IR communication channels in each memory module allowing them to sync their lighting effects and pattern display without the help of a software or third party app.
So that’s actually one way of synchronizing the RGB lighting effects of all the memory sticks installed on a motherboard. The memory module doesn’t need any external wires and it is powered directly from the motherboard. The HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 memory modules also support multiple lighting profiles with compatible RGB control software. The company has been working with motherboard companies to test and qualify the Predator RGB DDR4 to be compatible with third party software like Asus Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion and MSI Mystic Light Sync.
Below is a video demo showing how the IR technology works on the HyperX Predator RGB DDR4:
HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 Memory with IR Technology Demo
HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 Memory Specifications
Below is HyperX’s DDR4 memory lineup. Basically, the Predator RGB DDR4 is the RGB version of its predecessor. But it looks like the Predator DDR4 (non-RGB) has more options compared to the RGB variant.
Packaging and Closer Look
HyperX’s packaging looks very familiar with its black box with red accent. There’s a window at the front portion where you can see the Predator RGB DDR4 memory. Also at the front portion of the box, you can see the memory type, speed and capacity. You get additional information at the back portion including features and serial numbers.
The HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 basically looks like the Predator DDR4 (non-RGB) variant. Expect that they replaced the middle top portion with a translucent light diffuser and placed some RGB LEDs underneath. The front portion of the memory stick looks very clean, only the words DDR4, Predator and the HyperX logo. While on the other side there’s a sticker revealing information about the memory stick.
Each HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 memory measures 42.2mm in height and 8mm in thickness. The length is 133.35mm from end to end of the PCB. It’s not a very tall memory, but still you might want to check for clearance especially if you are using a huge CPU air cooler.
Above you can see the Predator RGB DDR4 installed and running on a Gigabyte Z370 Gaming 5 motherboard. The RGB works well and they sync regardless if it is installed on an Intel or AMD platform. Now let see how the Predator RGB DDR4 performs on the next following pages.