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HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 Memory Review – Keep Those RGB Synchronized with IR

HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 16GB Benchmark Results

AIDA64 Engineer
Memory bandwidth benchmarks (Memory Read, Memory Write, Memory Copy) measure the maximum achievable memory data transfer bandwidth. The code behind these benchmark methods are written in Assembly and they are extremely optimized for every popular AMD, Intel and VIA processor core variants by utilizing the appropriate x86/x64, x87, MMX, MMX+, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE4.1, AVX, and AVX2 instruction set extension.

The Memory Latency benchmark measures the typical delay when the CPU reads data from system memory. Memory latency time means the penalty measured from the issuing of the read command until the data arrives to the integer registers of the CPU.

With AIDA64’s memory benchmark we can see that the Predator RGB DDR4 performs well, especially when overclocked to 3200MHz. One thing I do notice though is that, DDR4 memory tends to perform faster in terms of read/write/copy speeds in X470 platforms compared to Z370 Intel platforms. However, latency is slower on X470 compared to Z370.

RealBench 2.43
Realbench is a benchmark that uses open source applications and simple scripting to simulate real-world performance of a PC system. It’s designed for to show the difference: Before and after a PC upgrade. To gauge the real effect of an overclock.

In this test there are several factors that are involved like the CPU and GPU. It tests the system as a whole. I only selected heavy multitasking, encoding and image editing as these tests uses both CPU and memory. We can’t compare directly the results from the Z370 and compare it to the results we got with the X470; since both systems are using a different CPU. Nevertheless, we see that the Predator RGB DDR4 memory performs better on the same platform compared to the competition.

SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2017
SiSoftware Sandra is a 32- and 64-bit client/server Windows system analyzer that includes benchmarking, testing and listing modules. It tries to go beyond other utilities to show you more of what is really going on under the hood so you draw comparisons at both a high and low-level in a single product. You can get information about the CPU, GPGPU, chipset, video adapter (GPU), ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals even .NET and Java.

Finally on the SiSoft Sandra, we see the same trend with the Predator RGB DDR4 performing better on the X470 platform when it comes to speed, but performs poorly when it comes to latency. Whereas on the Z370 Intel platform its latency is just were it is supposed to be, just a tad slower than a DDR4-3000 memory but faster anything slower than 2933MHz.

Pricing and Availability

The HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 memory modules are now available. Kingston offers a limited life time warranty for their DDR4 memory. For latest pricing and availability you’ll have to check the link(s) below since prices of memory modules do change from time to time.

HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 latest pricing and availability:
For US: available on Amazon.com here
For UK: available on Amazon UK here

HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 16GB Memory Review: Conclusion

The HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 memory is somewhat late in the RGB memory market, but it’s better late than never. And the best thing is HyperX introduced something new to the table, the IR (infrared) technology that synchronizes the RGB lighting. I think it’s a cool feature keeping those RGB lighting effect in sync even without the help of a software. Most RGB memory nowadays are controlled by a software. And without those software, the lighting effect tends to go out of sync at some point. I don’t think there’s a downside to this technology, expect if you block the IR signal (just like on the demo in the first page) the RGB lighting does out of sync immediately.

In terms of build quality, the HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 is just like its predecessor the non-RGB variant. It’s an all-black design making it very easy to blend on any build or system. The RGB lighting or the LED bar itself looks nice without any fancy or obnoxious “angles” or edges. It looks a bit industrial though, nevertheless the RGB lighting isn’t that overpowering or screaming compared to other RGB memory modules in the market.

It’s also nice to see that you can overclock the DDR4-2933MHZ up to 3200MHz easily. Although this is not a guarantee, and could depend on the quality of the memory stick or the capability of your motherboard. 3200MHz overclock from 2933MHz is not that huge, but I’m glad to see there’s a bit room left for the Predator RGB’s leg to stretch. Overclocking it to 3200MHz does make it perform slightly better. But if you’re not into overclocking and you’re worried about system instability, better get the higher clocked variant instead.

To wrap things up, I think the HyperX Predator RGB DDR4 is a great memory, and a much awaited “RGB” memory from the company. It performs great, as expected from the Predator lineup, and if you like the RGB lighting I don’t see any reason why I can’t recommend it to you.

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