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Kingston Launches DDR4 Memory, PCIe SSDs for Intel Skylake

Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 memory kit.

Following the announcement of Intel Skylake-K processor for gamers and enthusiasts and the new chipset, known as the Z170 PCH (Processor Communications Hub), memory manufacturers introduced new products to support the platform. HyperX, a division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc. announced several new products optimized for Skylake.

The company launched several 8GB and 16GB memory kits from the Fury family and now offers memory kits with two and four DIMM modules. Memory kits are available in low-latency 2133MHz (CL14), and CL15 versions at 2400 and 2666MHz. With Intel Core i5-6600K and i7-6700K, we are looking at very good bandwidth of 34.1GB/s for the 2133MHz, 38.4GB/s for 2400 and 42.6GB/s for 2666MHz memory. Odd one out is the lack of a 32GB kit – we spoke with David Leong from Kingston Technology and he told us that the focus for the initial DDR4 Fury series was to offer seamless, automatic overclocking on the Z170 courtesy of ‘plug-and-play’ functionality. In other words, memory comes with tuned Intel XMP memory profiles, meaning your 6000 Series Core processor can stretch its legs. Here are the specs:

Easy to install1: plug-and-play functionality
Automatic overclocking: reach faster speeds just by installing the memory, no adjustments in BIOS needed
Cost-efficient: the perfect combination of price and DDR4 performance
Unique: asymmetrical, signature FURY heat spreader
Design: low profile, black heat spreader color and matching PCB
Reliable: 100% factory tested at frequency
Compatible: tested with all popular brands of motherboards
Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
Capacities: 8 GB, 16 GB, 32 GB & 64 GB kits
Frequency: 2133 MHz, 2400 MHz, 2666 MHz
CAS Latency: CL14-CL15
Voltage: 1.2V
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 85°C
Storage Temperature: -55°C to 100°C
Dimensions: 133.35mm x 34.24mm

Second line of products that can enhance the Z170 platform are HyperX Predator PCIe and M.2 SSD drives. Using Marvell SSD controller, the Predator comes in 24GB and 480GB capacity, supporting both PCIe (2.0, x4) and M.2 format.

Regardless of using it in M.2 Slot of PCIe x4, HyperX Predator SSD is a mean performer.

Regardless of using it in M.2 Slot of PCIe x4, HyperX Predator SSD is a mean performer.

If you use one of numerous Z170 boards, or even some very advanced Z97X or X99 products, you can choose to either remove the SSD from its PCIe card and build it directly onto the motherboard, or use it as a PCIe Gen2 card. In any case, offered theoretical speeds are 1.4GB/s for read and 1GB/s for write. Practical tests show that the drives achieve 800MB/s read and 750MB/s write speeds, which is still over 50% faster than what SATA-III (SATA6Gbps) offers, finally removing the SSD bottleneck (can you believe that we’re referring to SSDs as ‘bottleneck’?).