Although our frequent readers must be fairly familiar with Kingston's HyperX Predator, it's never a bad idea to verify and expand the knowledge. Having previously tested the 2666C13 and 3000C15-rated versions, we have recently discovered their intermediate sister model sitting in our mailbox so we thought we would give it a whirl as well.
|Capacity||16 GB (4 x 4 GB)|
|Frequency||1400 MHz (DDR4-2800)|
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Deciphering the partnumber, we get "HyperX DDR4-2800 CL14 Predator Black T2-series Kit-of-4, 16GB total capacity", which gives a nearly complete description of our today's test subject. The only thing we can add is that its rated voltage is 1.35V and it comes with Kingston's trademark lifetime warranty.
Likewise to any other Predator DDR4 kit, ours came packed in a cardboard box. Despite the bulk of the packaging, its only contents are the memory modules, a brief installation manual and a small case sticker.
Moving on with the time, Kingston have dropped their trademark blue in favour of the more common black. The change surely makes the modules look better and allows them to blend right in with just about any possible build, but it also takes away some of HyperX's individuality as all of their competitors are following the same route.
Heatsinks have always been one of our favourite aspects about Kingston's high-end memory offerings. In contrast to many other models where job of cooling is performed by some plain plates of stamped aluminium, ones on the Predator T2 are actually cast. This production method allows heatsinks to be heavier, more complex and therefore more efficient. The only possible downside of this that we can see is that large heatsinks can sometimes get in the way of CPU cooling solutions.
Using hairdryer to weaken the adhesive that holds the heatsinks in place, we were easily able to remove them. The main reason we do this is to identify the memory chips in use, which on our sample were Hynix H5AN4G8NMFR. Each of these chips has a 4Gbit or 512MB capacity meaning it takes eight chips to build each 4GB module.
Each of the memory modules is flashed with an SPD, which contains information on its manufacturer, model, production date and internal serial number. The SPD also features several JEDEC setting presets that are primarily intended for backwards compatibility. On top of the JEDEC profiles, there are also a couple of XMP profiles designed to boil down the process of adjusting all memory-related settings to only changing one option in the BIOS.
Along with the primary profile that sets the memory straight to its designated specs (1400MHz 14-15-15-39 1.35V) there is also a secondary XMP, loading which you will be getting more moderate 1333MHz at 14-14-14.
The detailed settings we got after loading each of the XMP profiles can be observed below. Both profiles made use of 125MHz BCLK strap.