Kingston HyperX Plug n Play 4GB DDR3 review

RAM modules automatically programmed for high speeds, but how do they perform?

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Our Verdict

RAM that hits good processing speeds without you fiddling with the Bios, but not the fastest around for overclockers


  • Ease of use
  • No need to use the Bios to get the best out of it
  • Well priced


  • Fairly conservative latency settings

The new Kingston HyperX Plug and Play High Performance Memory really is the perfect memory match for the Sandy Bridge chipset.

Intel's Sandy Bridge chips and accompanying processors have prompted a raft of goodies – particularly RAM modules – claiming to be the perfect match for Intel's technology.

But the vast majority will in fact work with pretty much any modern motherboard.

Now there's something else to add to that pile, except that Kingston's new HyperX Plug and Play (PnP) RAM modules actually have something that needs the Sandy Bridge technology to bring the best out of them.

So what, you may ask, is so special about the new Kingston HyperX Plug and Play DDR3 memory modules? Surely that's what all memory is?

Well, yes to a certain point that's right, but the new modules automatically run at the top speed setting without you having to enter the murky world of the Bios.

That means no messing around changing memory settings to make sure that it's running at the fastest speed.

Although tinkering about with the frequency, memory timings and so on is second nature to overclockers and enthusiasts, the vast majority of people never venture anywhere near the Bios, let alone change anything.

And it's these people that Kingston is aiming the new modules at.

We reviewed the desktop 4GB kit (KHX1600C9D3P1K2/4G), but there is an 8GB kit available too (KHX1600C9D3P1K2/8G), which is priced at £80.

Tech Specs

Product TypeRAM Module
Product FamilyHyperX
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Memory Size4 GB
Brand NameKingston
Form FactorDIMM
Memory Speed1600 MHz
Error CheckingNon-ECC
Number of Pins240-pin
Signal ProcessingUnbuffered
ManufacturerKingston Technology Company
Product ModelKHX1600C9D3P1K2/4G
Product NameHyperX 4GB DDR3 SDRAM Memory Module
Product LineHyperX
Manufacturer Part NumberKHX1600C9D3P1K2/4G
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Kingston, the world's largest independent memory leader, proudly offers HyperX, memory for gamers and PC enthusiasts. HyperX modules are specifically engineered and tested for higher speeds and lower latencies. Like all Kingston memory modules, HyperX is 100% tested, with a lifetime warranty and 24/7 free technical support.

Number of Modules2 x 2 GB
Limited WarrantyLifetime