Kingston HyperX Genesis 2666mhz Memory Review (Z77)

With the recent launch of Intel’s Ivy Bridge Z77 platform many established companies have been focusing on releasing quality memory targeting the demanding enthusiast user. Today we are looking at an ultra high performance kit from Kingston which operates at a staggering 2,666 mhz.
In recent months we have reviewed many high performance memory kits from companies such as Mushkin and G.Skill, although today is the first time we have reviewed a 2,666mhz kit. We pair the memory up with a Core i7 3770k processor and an Asus ROG Maximus V Gene Z77 motherboard.
The Kingston HyperX Genesis kit we have for review is a very early release, 4GB total (2x 2GB) featuring timings of 11-13-13-30 @ 2N.
We didn’t receive a retail box with our early sample, simply the two sticks inside a protective plastic box.
The memory ships with grey metallic heatspreaders, which are attractive. The stickers don’t detail the exact timings and are marked as ‘KHX2666C11D3T1K2/4GX’. The ‘Genesis’ name is listed underneath the HyperX logo on the left side.
Both sides of the Heatspreader feature the Hyper ‘X’ logo artistically positioned at the edge with ‘DDR3′ underneath. We tried to remove the heatspreaders to look at the PCB, but they were adhered with thermal glue meaning we could very well destroy the memory modules by removing. Kingston wanted the memory back, so we weren’t willing to risk it.
On this page we present some super high resolution images of the product taken with the 24.5MP Nikon D3X camera and 24-70mm ED lens. These will take much longer to open due to the dimensions, especially on slower connections. If you use these pictures on another site or publication, please credit as the owner/source.
We need a good motherboard to get the most from the Kingston HyperX Genesis 2666mhz Memory, so we decided to use the Asus ROG Maximus V Gene Z77, which we also reviewed today.
The Kingston memory has two XMP profiles, one configured at 2,400mhz and the other at 2666mhz, both with timings of 11-13-13-30 @ 2N. Profile 2 is the fallback option for boards that won’t support the 2,666mhz speeds.
We can see the DRAM Timing control settings are configured to 11-13-13-30, as expected.
System validation is available over here.
We tried to manually overclock the board to 2,800mhz via the built in options on the Asus ROG Maximus V Gene Z77 motherboard. Sadly the system wouldn’t post at this speed, even when we relaxed the timings to 14-14-14-40. We also tried cranking the voltage a little, to 1.68, outside Intel specifications.
We did manage to get the memory running at 2712mhz, by increasing the BCLK/PEG Frequency but it made little difference to the overall performance results. Most people will be content by selecting the 2,666mhz XMP1 profile.
Today we are using the latest Intel Core i7 3770k processor with the Asus ROG Maximus V Gene Z77 motherboard. Intel HD4000 graphics were enabled via the Core i7 3770k processor.
Processor: Intel Core i7 3770k
Motherboard: Asus ROG Maximus V Gene Z77
Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 13
Memory: Kingston HyperX Genesis 2666mhz.
Power Supply: ADATA 1200W.
Optical Drive: Asus BluRay Drive.
Chassis: Cooler Master Cosmos 2.
Monitors: Dell U3011, 3x Ilyama ProLite E2472HDD.
Boot Drive: Kingston SSDNow V+200 90GB.
Storage Drive: Patriot 240GB Wildfire.
Comparison memory:
4GB ‘generic’ 1333mhz memory @ 9-9-9-24.
We also wanted to include some results from Topower Black Edition memory, running at 1,600mhz @ 9-9-9 timings, on the following system
CPUIntel Core i7 2700k
Cooler: Thermaltake Frio OCK
Motherboard: Asus P8P67 Deluxe
Graphics: Sapphire HD6950 Flex Edition
Chassis: Thermaltake Level 10 GT
Operating System: Windows 7 64 bit Enterprise
Monitor: Dell U2410
NOTE: We haven’t tested many memory kits on the P67/Z68 platform in recent months, so we felt it would be worth including results from our high end Quad Channel X79 system featuring the 3960X EE processor. Obviously this shouldn’t be used as a direct comparison, but more to highlight a wider overview of performance levels between the various Intel platforms.
Comparison system:
Processor: Intel i7 3960X EE @ 4.4ghz
Motherboard: Asus Rampage IV Extreme
Cooler: Antec H20 920
Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX590
Power Supply: Enermax Platimax 1200W
Optical Drive: Asus BluRay Drive
Chassis: Lian Li PC-A77FR Aluminium Red Full Tower Case
Monitors: Dell U3011, 3x Ilyama ProLite E2472HDD
Boot Drive: Patriot WildFire 120GB
Secondary Drive: 1TB Samsung

Comparison memory:

Kingston HyperX 2400mhz
8GB Kingston HyperX 2,400mhz
16GB G.Skill 2400mhz
8GB Corsair Dominator GT 2400mhz
16GB GSkill Ripjaws Z 2133mhz
32GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
SiSoft Sandra
PcMark 7
MaxxMem 2
Super Pi
AIDA 64.
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
Sandra is a (girl’s) name of Greek origin that means “defender”, “helper of mankind”. We think that’s quite fitting.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what’s really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
Native ports for all major operating systems are available:
  • Windows XP, 2003/R2, Vista, 7, 2008/R2 (x86)
  • Windows XP, 2003/R2, Vista, 7, 2008/R2 (x64)
  • Windows 2003/R2, 2008/R2* (IA64)
  • Windows Mobile 5.x (ARM CE 5.01)
  • Windows Mobile 6.x (ARM CE 5.02)
All major technologies are supported and taken advantage of:
  • SMP – Multi-Processor
  • MC – Multi-Core
  • SMT/HT – Hyper-Threading
  • MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE 4.1, SSE 4.2, AVX, FMA – Multi-Media instructions
  • GPGPU, DirectX, OpenGL – Graphics
  • NUMA – Non-Uniform Memory Access
  • AMD64/EM64T/x64 – 64-bit extensions to x86
  • IA64 – Intel* Itanium 64-bit
The system achieved around 29 GB/s of memory bandwidth at the 2666mhz settings.
PCMark 7 includes 7 PC tests for Windows 7, combining more than 25 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming. Specifically designed to cover the full range of PC hardware from netbooks and tablets to notebooks and desktops, PCMark 7 offers complete PC performance testing for Windows 7 for home and business use.
A strong score from the system, with 5,689 points.
V2011 is the first release of 3DStudio Max to fully support the Windows 7 operating system. This is a professional level tool that many people use for work purposes and our test will show any possible differences between board design today.
Autodesk 3ds Max Design 2011 software offers compelling new techniques to help bring designs to life by aggregating data, iterating ideas, and presenting the results.
Streamlined, more intelligent data exchange workflows and innovative new modeling and visualization tools help significantly increase designers’ creativity and productivity, enabling them to better explore, validate, and communicate the stories behind their designs.
Major new features:
  • Slate: A node based material editor.
  • Quicksilver: Hardware renderer with multithreaded rendering engine that utilizes both CPU and GPU.
  • Extended Graphite Modeling Toolset
  • 3ds Max Composite: A HDRI-capable compositor based on Autodesk Toxik.
  • Viewport Canvas toolset for 3D and 2D texture painting directly in the viewport
  • Object Painting: use 3D geometry as ‘brushes’ on other geometry
  • Character Animation Toolkit (CAT): now integrated as part of the base package
  • Autodesk Material Library: Over 1200 new photometrically accurate shaders
  • Additional file format support: includes native support for Sketchup, Inventor
  • FBX file linking
  • Save to Previous Release (2010)
We created a new 8200×3200 scene and recorded the time for the hardware to finalise the render.
We tested the 3770k system with the Kingston HyperX Genesis 2666mhz memory and then removed it, to replace it with a generic 1333mhz dual channel kit. The system completed the same task around 7 seconds faster with the Kingston 2666mhz memory installed. Noticeable gains, especially if your machine handles rendering duties on a regular basis.
MaxxMem2 PreView is a handy, free program to rate memory performance. It can be downloaded over here.
The Kingston HyperX Genesis 2666mhz memory slots in right at the top of our performance chart. All the Quad Channel systems score more in the memory read tests, but these results are exceptional for a Dual Channel memory kit.
If you want the fastest possible memory then the Kingston HyperX Genesis 2666mhz kit is just about as good as you can buy. We had no problems getting the 2666mhz XMP profile operational with the Asus ROG Maximus V Gene Z77 motherboard.
As expected, the HyperX Genesis 2666mhz kit delivers class leading results for the Z77 platform, outperforming our fast 2,400mhz memory by G.Skill and Corsair. If we had access to another of these kits from Kingston we could have posted some results in Quad Channel via the X79 platform, but sadly that wasn’t possible for early publication today.
Kingston have experienced some criticism in the past for their use of dramatically oversized heatspreaders, which can cause some mounting issues with the largest CPU coolers, such as Noctua’s NH D14. The HyperX Genesis memory we reviewed today causes no such problems, as the heatspreaders are no bigger than the PCB underneath.
The argument could be made that high speed memory doesn’t make a dramatic impact on overall system performance ‘in the real world’, however we can see noticeable gains with professional level tasks, such as 3D encoding. Gamers however will only notice minor gains when upgrading to 2,400mhz or 2,600mhz memory.
We don’t have pricing information at time of press, but you can expect to pay a premium over 1,600mhz, 1,866mhz and even 2,133mhz memory. It is therefore difficult to give a final score today, however it is certainly WORTH BUYING if you are trying to build the fastest possible system while eliminating any potential bottlenecks.
  • Heatspreaders are compact.
  • XMP profile worked fine @ 2,666mhz with the ASUS Motherboard.
  • Great all round performance.
  • Be prepared to pay more for 2,666mhz speeds.
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  1. Nice post.. :)

    I personally have the 2400 Mhz ones and figured i didn't get better frames above 2400 Mhz or with lower CAS... Maybe becuz im still running of an old HDD.. Getting an SSD and checking again but atm im not really sure if it's the voltage or just Heaven BM beeing a b***h.. ^^


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