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HyperX DDR2 PC2-6000 memory modules make their debut

Posted: 29 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:kingston technology? hyperX ddr2 module? pc2-6000? dual in-line memory module? dimm?

Kingston Technology is shipping in limited quantities HyperX DDR2 modules tested to run at PC2-6000 or 750MHz. The company is offering the unbuffered dual in-line memory modules (DIMM) in capacities up to 1GB and dual-channel memory kits up to 2GB.

The KHX6000D PC2-6000 DIMMs are the latest in a series of module products based on HyperX DDR2 memory. In late 2002, Kingston launched DDR memory modules designed with HyperX technology in response to market demand for high-frequency/low-latency memory. The company has been building HyperX memory for several years and continues to build a loyal HyperX customer base.

HyperX DDR2 memory modules offer faster speeds, lower latencies, and higher data bandwidths and lower power consumption than DDR modules. They are not backward compatible to DDR-based motherboards, due to incompatible module connections, voltage and DRAM technology.

HyperX 750MHz DDR2 modules operate at 1.9V, reducing power consumption by 50 percent compared with DDR modules, which run at 3.3V.

Product features

Compared with competitive products, Kingston claims that its HyperX technology enables it to provide memory modules that offer better performance at high clock speeds. When asked what three key features of the product he would highlight, senior technology manager Mark Tekunoff cited threequality, lifetime warranty, and 24/7 technical support.

"There are a few ways that a memory vendor can differentiate itself in the gaming market," Tekunoff said. "Kingston is a worldwide manufacturer with the goal of having the highest quality products in volumes that keep up with the demands of our customers. When Kingston designs a new HyperX product, our engineers search out the best quality semiconductors and design, build, test to the high frequency or low latency specifications."

Kingston prides itself on its testing capabilities. Every chip on every module is tested and the components used are carefully screened and qualified to meet the company's specifications. The modules then undergo comprehensive testing it its engineering labs, where the KHX6000Ds reached an unprecedented 866MHz.

But its quality is not limited to testing processes, Tekunoff said. "It is displayed in our dedication to service and support. Kingston backs every memory module with a lifetime warranty, free technical support and hassle-free RMA service," he said.

High frequency, low latency

The KHX6000Ds have the best of high frequency and low latency. Each module has been tested to run at DDR2, 750MHz at a low latency timing of 4-4-4-12 at 1.9V.

The KHX6000D2/256 is a 256MB, 32M x 64bit DDR2-750 CL4 SDRAM memory module, based on eight 32M x 8bit DDR2 FPGA components. The KHX6000D2/512 module is a 64M x 64bit DDR2-750 CL4 SDRAM device based on sixteen 32M x 8bit DDR2 FBGA components. And the KHX6000D2/1G is a 128M x 64bit, 1GB DDR2-750 CL4 SDRAM module based on sixteen 64M x 8bit DDR2 FBGA components.

The KHX6000D2K2/512 is a kit of two 32M x 64bit DDR2-750 CL4 SDRAM modules, based on eight 32M x 8bit DDR2 FBGA components per module. Total kit capacity is 512MB. Kingston's KHX6000D2K2/1G is a kit of two 64M x 64bit DDR2-750 CL4 SDRAM modules, based on sixteen 32M x 8bit DDR2 FBGA components per module. Total kit capacity is 1GB. And the KHX6000D2K2/2G is a kit of two 128M x 64bit 1GB DDR2-750 CL4 SDRAM modules, based on sixteen 64M x 8bit DDR2 FBGA components per module. Total kit capacity is 2GB.

Each 240-pin DIMM in the KHX6000D family uses gold contact fingers and requires 1.8V, the voltage spec that enables the devices to achieve the unprecedented frequency of 866MHz.

"The user of these products is familiar with proper cooling, power supply and tweaking of their systems. We don't recommend overclocking&mdash that's up to our customers," he said.

'King' of low-cost modules

Kingston also claims that gamers will typically find HyperX memory at a better price than other known gaming module vendors. Because the company is the largest third-party module vendor in the world, it has the ability to procure large volumes of DRAM, enabling the company to lower its costs.

The KHX6000D2/256 is priced at $127, the KHX6000D2K2/512 at $251 and the KHX6000D2/512 at $221. The KHX6000D2K2/1G kit is priced at $440 and the KHX6000D2/1G at $286. The KHX6000D2K2/2G kit is available for $569.

"Kingston offers its products at fair market value," Tekunoff said. "We offer superior products, so we aren't the cheapest, but we are competitive and fair."

- Ismini Scouras

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