HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz Memory Review
Back in February both James and I attended a press event in London held by Kingston. This event was held to announce that Kingston and HyperX were no longer focusing on the same market and that HyperX would be solely aimed at Gamers (about time too 😉 ). It also gave us our first look at the awesome HyperX Cloud Headset and a replacement for the highly successful HyperX Blu range, the brand new HyperX Fury. The range is available in single or dual channel kits, available in 4GB, 8GB or 16GB; 1333MHz, 1600MHz or 1866MHz and in blue, black, white and red. So quite an impressive line-up. HyperX have sent us a HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz (HX318C10FRK2/8) to try out. Rather nicely the entire range has a black PCB and our ssample is red to match our Test Rig. So fingers crossed they perform as good as they look.
Get in the game with HyperX® FURY!
‘Even newbies get up to speed fast, since FURY automatically recognises its host platform and automatically overclocks to the highest frequency published – up to 1866MHz – providing plenty of power for your next deathmatch. FURY’s asymmetric heat spreader design lets you stand out from the “square” crowd. It’s available in black, blue, red and– for the first time in the HyperX line –white, with a black PCB. So your rig can reflect your style and you can show it off with pride – without spending a lot, since FURY is affordably priced. It’s 100 per cent tested and LAN-ready, plus it’s backed by a lifetime
warranty and free technical support.’
The HyperX Fury kit arrived in a typical clear plastic wallet, sealed with a Kingston branded sticker (Despite now being HyperX). Usually the part number (for this kit HX318C10FRK2/8) would tell you the specifications (check out this link), but if going by this code the memory MHz would be 3100? Or perhaps HyperX are doing things a little differently…
The packaging is held together by the same specifications sticker, so to get to the Fury inside a delicate operation is required (a little brute force and some tearing, it’s a very sticky sticker!).
Once out of the wallet and no longer obscured by the labelling, we can easily see how good the HyperX Fury looks.
Also included inside the plastic wallet is a warranty & installation guide. This small leaflet outlines the Kingston Lifetime Warranty and shows a simple guide of how to install memory.
courtesy of Kingston
|CAS Latency:||10-10-10-28 2N|
Undeniably the metallic red HyperX Fury, with its black PCB look good from any angle, in fact I’d even go as far to say perhaps the best looking ram sticks I’ve come across (of course once installed, you’ll only see the edge!).
The HyperX Fury features a newly designed heat-spreader, which unlike most isn’t symmetrical. The front of the heat-spreader has the new model name printed in white on the left, whilst on the right the HyperX brand logo is moulded on with a textured finish.
The back of the Fury is more or less the same, except instead of the model and branding, there’s a warranty and model details sticker.
From the top (the bit you’ll see when installed), we get to see the asymmetrical heat-spreader with the HyperX brand name to the far right.
Looking at the connection side of the Fury allows us to see the all black PCB and the textured detailing of the HyperX logo.
Something else that is clearly noticeable is the height of the heat-spreader. Whilst not classed as low-profile RAM, the HyperX Fury heat-spreader is not much higher than the PCB itself, this should mean that regardless of your CPU cooler, it should fit easily without any compatibility issues.
Installation of the HyperX Fury 1866MHz 8Gb DDR3 Kit into our Test Rig was simple enough. The RAM sticks aren’t tall enough to cause any compatibility issues with our test cooler the Raijintek Themis, which should mean no issues with other coolers either.
- Test Rig Setup
|Case||Cooler Master HAF XB||Power Supply||Corsair AX760i|
|Motherboard||MSI Z87-G45 GAMING||CPU||Intel Core i5-4670K|
|CPU Cooler||Raijintek Themis||RAM||HyperX Fury 1866MHz 8Gb DDR3 Kit|
|Graphics Card||MSI AMD Radeon R9 290 Gaming 4G||SSD (mSATA – on-board port)||Kingston 60GB mSATA (SMS200S3/60G)|
The Test Rig booted first time and with the MSI Z87 G45 motherboard left on Auto settings the HyperX Fury DDR3 automatically set its frequency to 1866MHz, with timings of 10-10-10-28 at 1.5 volts. Impressive as there’s no eXtreme Memory Profile (XMP) setting for the Fury, it just works! 🙂
However with a little playing around with the timings using Intel XTU, the HyperX Fury can easily be overclocked from 1866MHz to not only 2133MHz, but 2400MHz as well! Which for a set of sticks rated at 1866MHz and with an SRRP of £60 is pretty stunning. See AIDA64 Benchmark Results below for full details of timings etc.
The HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz RAM Kit was tested as part of our normal Test Rig, using Windows 7 64Bit (Service Pack 1) with all relevant Drivers installed. Prime95 (Blend) was used to test stability, whilst Intel XTU for overclocking and the following benchmarks were also used.
|Kingston HyperX Beast 8GB 2400MHz @ 11-13-13-30||35815||37514||34726||46.8 ns|
|Avexir Blitz 1.1 Original 8GB 2400MHz @ 10-12-12-31||34247||35303||31127||46.7 ns|
|HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz @ 10-10-10-28||26870||27494||24500||55.8 ns|
|Avexir Core 8GB 1600MHz @ 9-9-9-24||23134||23751||21781||58.9 ns|
The image above from AIDA64 shows that the throughput and the latency of the HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz memory is more or less in the correct range for its price range, which is good. The real magic in the Fury modules is when you overclock them.
|HyperX Fury 8GB 2400MHz @ 13-15-13-39||33282||34812||29518||53.4 ns|
|HyperX Fury 8GB 2133MHz @ 12-13-12-35||30325||31169||27566||55.1 ns|
|HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz @ 10-10-10-28||26870||27494||24500||55.8 ns|
After adjusting the HyperX Fury timings (as seen above), you can get a huge performance gain. Admittedly the timings are a lot looser than I’d have liked, but the figures speak for themselves.
To give us some idea of the effect the increase in memory speed has on Gaming, the benchmarks below have been run at 1866MHz, 2133MHz and 2400MHz using the HyperX Fury modules. We actually changed the benchmarks a little in an attempt to look a little deeper into the topic of whether an increase in Memory speed does truly affect FPS to any real degree. Let’s see shall we…
TEST SYSTEM: MSI Z87 G45/ Intel Core i5-4670K/ MSI R9 290 Gaming 4G (1107MHz Core/5000MHz Memory)
|Memory||3DMark (FireStrike)||Batman Arkham Origins||Tomb Raider||Metro Last Light|
|HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz @ 10-10-10-28||8948||146||81.00||73.00|
|HyperX Fury 8GB 2133MHz @ 12-13-12-35||8972||145||79.30||74.00|
|HyperX Fury 8GB 2400MHz @ 13-15-13-39||8996||146||79.40||74.00|
As you can see faster memory does make a small difference within the FireStrike test, but for all else it’s not far off the same. The reason for this? Perhaps the timings are too slack on the overclocks to give any real benefit or perhaps the advantage of high speed memory (in terms of Gaming performance) is somewhat pointless! 😉
The HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz RAM kit is a great start for the HyperX range. They arrived solidly packed in a clear plastic wallet. Look good in the wallet, but in hand feel well made and look even better.
With a wide choice of colours available (red, blue, black or white), means they will suit any rig out there, whilst the low height of the heat-spreader means you’ll be unlikely to have any compatibility issues with even the biggest CPU cooler!
The HyperX Fury 8GB 1866MHz perform well at their native speed, but slacken those timings and the RAM happily runs at 2400MHz (with a little help from Intel XTU) without even having to change the voltag! Of course even at this speed it doesn’t perform quite as well as dedicated 2400MHz rated RAM modules, but the fact it comes close is amazing!
I’ll admit I like the HyperX Fury, they look good, offer good performance and at approximately £60 are priced well, but what really gets me excited about them isn’t even the product itself! It’s the promise of the now flying solo HyperX brand giving us an even better product in the guise of a new Genesis or Predator range!
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Many thanks to Kingston for providing this sample for review