Two Minute Review of the Kingston HyperX Plug and Play DDR3 Laptop Memory

In another of our Two Minute Reviews, we take a look at the new Kingston HyperX Plug and Play DDR3 Laptop Memory.

The new HyperXPlug and Play (PnP) series of high-performance enthusiast memory are the first modules to scale the higher memory heights that are a part of the second generation Intel® Core i5 and i7 CPUs. The memory is programmed with faster frequencies and when ‘plugged’ into a system using the Sandy Bridge chipset, will automatically ‘play’ at either 1600MHz or 1866MHz in both desktop and notebook PCs.

The modules are programmed using JEDEC-compliant settings, allowing 1600MHz and 1866MHz frequency support. It is as simple as plugging in the memory and turning on the machine, as the system automatically recognizes faster memory speed with no further BIOS settings required. Users will notice performance gains as overclocking is automatic with the HyperX Plug and Play modules. In addition, the modules are backwards compatible with previously released DDR3 systems on the market.

Who are Kingston?

From their website:

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s independent memory leader.
Founded in 1987 with a single product offering, Kingston® now offers more than 2,000 memory products that support nearly every device that uses memory, from computers, servers and printers to MP3 players, digital cameras and mobile phones. In 2010, the company’s sales reached $6.5 billion.

With global headquarters in Fountain Valley, California, Kingston employs more than 4,000 people worldwide. Regarded as one of the “Best Companies to Work for in America” by Fortune magazine, Kingston’s tenets of respect, loyalty, flexibility and integrity create an exemplary corporate culture. Kingston believes that investing in its people is essential, and each employee is a vital part of Kingston’s success.

Kingston serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEMs.

What’s in the Box?

The box contains the 2 4GB sticks and some paperwork.

Fitting the Memory

Fitting the memory was simply a case of removing the back cover of the laptop and fitting it in place.

Performance Tests

The laptop I used is a brand new Dell XPS L702x with 2nd generation Intel Core i5-2540M processor and 4GB ram (2X2GB 1333MHz DDR3 Dual Channel).

Here is what is shown:

And it shows with a Windows Experience Index of 5.9.

Here are the PassMark scores:

Now here are the results when I have fitted the Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) ram:

And it shows with a Windows Experience Index of 7.5!

Here are the PassMark scores:

As you can see, quite a significant jump from 1215.5 to 2104.8!

Final Thoughts

This ram was very fast, as you can see from the results above. I highly recommend it if you want to upgrade the ram you have on your laptop, and price wise it is very competitive for the speed and size. Often when buying laptops it works out cheaper to buy the ram yourself later, and in this case it would have worked out quite a bit cheaper, not to mention significantly faster memory!

KingstonHyperX Plug and Play DDR3 1600MHz, 1866MHz Specifications

Part Number

Capacity and Features

MSRP ex VAT

KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G

8GB 1600MHz Non-ECC DIMM @ 1.5v  (kit of 2) CL9-9-9 HyperX Plug and Play

£72.33

KHX1600C9D3P1K2/4G

4GB 1600MHz Non-ECC DIMM @ 1.5v  (kit of 2) CL9-9-9 HyperX Plug and Play

£39.62

KHX1600C9S3P1K2/8G

8GB 1600MHz Non-ECC SODIMM @ 1.5v (kit of 2) CL9-9-9 HyperX Plug and Play

£72.33

KHX1600C9S3P1K2/4G

4GB 1600MHz Non-ECC SODIMM @1.5v (kit of 2) CL9-9-9 HyperX Plug and Play

£39.62

KHX1866C11S3P1K2/8G

8GB 1866MHz Non-ECC SODIMM @ 1.5v (kit of 2) CL11-11-11 HyperX Plug and Play

£94.50

KHX1866C11S3P1K2/4G

4GB 1866MHz Non-ECC SODIMM @ 1.5v (kit of 2) CL11-11-11HyperX Plug and Play

£50.89

Learn more about Kingston HyperX memory here

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