One of the highlights of the Sandy Bridge-E HEDT platform is the ability to populate up to eight memory modules onto the motherboard, which was previously only possible on multi-socket workstation and server offerings. Today we explore such a configuration with Kingston's latest high speed 64GB memory kit.

One of the highlights of the Sandy Bridge-E HEDT platform is the ability to populate up to eight memory modules onto the motherboard, which was previously only possible on multi-socket workstation and server offerings. Today we explore such a configuration with Kingston's latest high speed 64GB memory kit, made up of 8 x 8 GB ram sticks.

Underneath the black heatspreaders, we see that each of the HyperX Beast modules uses double sided Hynix MFR H9A BGA chips, which are commonly deployed in competing high-frequency kits and have good plug and play motherboard/CPU IMC compatiblity.

The included clip-on twin 60mm fan attachments also provides decorative blue LED lighting, which should look good in most enthusiast system builds.

 

During initial installation, the system will boot at a fairly conservative 1333MHz CL9 @ 1.5v. Users can then go on to select one of two XMP profiles (2133MHz or 1600MHz), depending on the capability of the CPU integrated memory controller. The System Agent (VCCSA) voltage is also automatically raised to 1.2/1.3v to maintain stability when addressing the memory modules in quad channel mode.

 

Unsurprisingly, the HyperX beast did not show much frequency overclocking headroom (only 100MHz more during our experiments), which could be due to the stress on the memory controller with all the memory banks being populated. Nevertheless, the default 2133MHz XMP profile already provides adequate performance (20GB/s read, 18GB/s writes) which is head and shoulders above generic value memory.

 

One of the uses of having such a large amount of physical memory is the ability to create a ram disk, which provides storage performance far beyond that of even the fastest SSDs for applications like video processing and world-record benchmark runs.


 

The Kingston HyperX Beast 64GB Kit retails for USD$700 and can be ordered from your favourite Kingston distributors and retailers.

 

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