Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 2GB Memory Kit
Kingston has been known throughout the industry as a steady-hand, a reliable partner, a company which is stable and never really pushed the bar in terms of enthusiast memory modules. If you wanted a solid, name-brand memory module which would be almost guaranteed to work, Kingston was one of the few brands which one should look for. They were respected in many markets, but until a few years ago, they weren't a name you would think of if you were looking to push the envelope in terms of overclocking.
Over the last year in particular, Kingston has been particularly aggressive in promoting their new HyperX line of memory modules, designed to directly target overclockers. Kingston has kept their "standard" memory modules in their "ValueRAM" lineup, whereas HyperX modules are designed to clock higher, run at lower latencies, and generally allow for more flexibility for the enthusiast. Of course, for this privilege, HyperX modules are far more expensive compared to standard modules. Despite the ultra-competitive nature of this subset of the memory market, Kingston's modules have been able to truly make a name for themselves, regularly mentioned along with companies like Corsair and OCZ, both favorites of overclockers.
Not surprisingly, Kingston has expanded their HyperX lineup to DDR2, targeting high-end Intel platforms until recently. As AMD's new Socket-AM2 processors, along with Intel's upcoming Conroe (Core 2 Duo), feature support for DDR2-800 memory modules, it appears as if a major battle is under way for this rapidly expanding market. Kingston recently shipped out a new pair of HyperX memory modules in a dual-channel pack designed specifically for enthusiasts looking for the lowest-latency operation at DDR2-800 speeds without having to overclock. These new modules are dubbed the KHX6400D2LLK2/2G, or more easily know as the Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 Low Latency kit, which we'll be looking at today.