HyperX Cloud Revolver Pro Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


HyperX is one of the most instantly recognisable brands in the PC market today, and that’s no surprise given that they have produced many fantastic quality memory products that are in countless systems around the world. They took a dive into the world of peripherals a few years ago, releasing their much-praised Cloud headset, and later their Cloud II. Now HyperX is back again with what is set to be their greatest headset to date, the HyperX Cloud Revolver.

Studio-grade sound stage for a competitive edge.

“HyperX Cloud RevolverTM has a wider audio range that creates depth and width for improved audio precision. Get the competitive edge by hearing your opponents’ location more accurately, even when they’re further away. Re-engineered audio pro les create a larger sound stage that’s ideal for FPS and open-environment gameplay and for a concert hall-like experience when listening to music.” – HyperX

Equipped with high-performance 50mm drivers, HyperX memory foam padding, a detachable noise-cancellation microphone, multi-platform support and TeamSpeak, Discord, Skype, Ventrilo, Mumble and RaidCall certification, the HyperX Cloud Revolver is one of the best equipped headsets you’ll find, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

Specifications

Headphone

  • Driver dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
  • Type circumaural, closed back
  • Frequency response 12Hz–28,000 Hz
  • impedance 30 Ω
  • Sound pressure level 104.5dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
  • THD < 2%
  • Input power rated 30mW, maximum 500mW
  • Weight 360g
  • Weight w/ mic 376g
  • Cable length and type headset (1m) + audio control box (2m)
  • Connection headset – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + audio control box – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs

Microphone

  • Element electret condenser microphone
  • Polar pattern uni-directional, noise-cancelling
  • Frequency response 50Hz–18,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity -40dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)

The packaging is nicely designed, with a great image of the headset on the front, as well as a quick rundown of the main features and supported devices.

Around the back, a quick rundown of the steel frame design, control box, detachable microphone and more.

The box has a slip cover, behind which you’ll find a durable presentation box.

In the box, you’ll find extensive foam padding with the headset stored nice and snug in the middle, as well as the control box.

Finally, you’ll find the control box comes with dual 3.5mm gold-plated headers, and a small in-line controller. There’s also a fully detachable noise-cancelling microphone with a durable boom and a good-sized head.

OCUK Offers Free SSD with ASUS GTX 970 Graphics Cards

Who doesn’t like to get free stuff? And especially when it is something as sweet as a solid state drive. That is what you currently can get, at least if you purchase one of the participating ASUS GTX 970 graphics cards at Overclockers UK.

For a limited time, and as long as stock lasts – as always – you can get a Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB solid state drive for free on top of the Nvidia based GTX 970 graphics card that your purchasing. It isn’t just some cheap SSD either as it comes from Kingston’s HyperX division. The 7mm slim 2.5-inch SSD delivers a solid performance, and for free, who can complain. You still get the bundled game Tom Clancy’s The Division on top too, making this a very good deal for a well-performing graphics card.

Speaking of the graphics card, the first of the two participating ASUS graphics cards are the GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Strix with 4GB GDDR5 memory, a core clock of 1141MHz, and a boost clock up to 1253MHz. The second card is the GeForce GTX 970 Turbo OC which also comes with 4GB GDDR5 memory, but a slower clock speed. The Turbo OC has a core clock of 1088MHz and a boost clock of 1228MHz.

Which of the two cards you pick for your setup is based on optical preference, amount you want to spend, and probably more things too – but it is safe to say that both are great graphics cards where you get a lot of bang for the buck, especially considering the extras you get in this deal. The DirectCU II OC Strix will set you back £299.99 while the Turbo OC will cost a little less and set you back £275.99.

Will you be picking up one of these deals? And if, which of the two cards will you go for. Let us know in the comments.

Kingston HyperX Launches Savage Series USB 3.1 Flash Drive


Kingston’s high-end gaming division HyperX launched a new USB thumb drive to replace the popular DataTraveler HyperX drive. The new flash drive to replace it is called the HyperX Savage and continues the performance scheme that we have come to love from the HyperX series.

The new HyperX Savage comes in three capacity version: 64GB, 128GB, and a mighty 256GB version. As it always is with thumb drives, capacity has an impact on performance and the larger drives are faster. The 64GB version is rated for a performance of up to 350MB/s reading and 180MB/s writing while the larger 128GB and 256GB models can write with up to 250MB/s. That’s quite impressive for a USB flash drive.

The new drive is USB 3.1 Gen 1 compliant to suit the newest notebook standards as well as any other USB capable device such as smart TVs and consoles. The relative slim design should prevent too much interference and blocking around the USB port it has been plugged into, which is a big bonus.

The HyperX Savage also looks pretty stylish with its simple black design with a large red X in the middle. It is backed by a 5-year warranty and Kingston’s well-known free live technical support.

Features:

  • Blazing fast transfer speeds: HyperX Savage delivers blazing transfer speeds of 350MB/s read and 250MB/s write (64GB model delivers 350MB/s read and 180MB/s write) to save time and let you quickly access files with no performance lag. Capacities up to 256GB provide plenty of room to store large files including movies, high-resolution images, music, games and more.
  • USB 3.1 Gen. 1 functionality: HyperX Savage is compliant with USB 3.1 Gen. 1 specifications to let you take advantage of USB 3.0 ports in newer notebooks and desktops.
  • Bold design: This stylish drive has an aggressive look that complements the latest PCs and consoles. Its sleek black casing is accented with the signature HyperX logo in metallic red.
  • Multi-platform compatibility: Use this versatile drive on multiple platforms, including desktops, notebooks and gaming consoles1 including PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360®. Its slim design fits in tight console USB ports and it lets console users quickly transfer their profiles.
  • Capacities2: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • Speed3: USB3.1 Gen. 1 (USB 3.0)
    – 64GB: 350MB/s read, 180MB/s write
    – 128GB−256GB: 350MB/s read, 250MB/s write
  • Dimension: 76.3mm x 23.48mm x 12.17mm
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 140°F (0°C to 60°C)
  • Storage Temperature: -4°F to 185°F (-20°C to 85°C)
  • Warrant/Support: Five-year warranty with free technical support
  • Backwards Compatible: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0

HyperX Releases High-Capacity DDR4 Kit Additions

If you are one of them who can’t get enough memory in their system, then you are in luck as HyperX added new high-capacity kits to both their HyperX Savage and HyperX Predator DDR4 memory series. The modules look sweet and bring impressive speeds, capacities, and timings for both X99 and Intel 100 series chipset users.

The Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4 memory is now available as a 2666MHz 128GB kit containing eight modules with a massive 16GB of RAM each. This new kit joins a family of the previously announced Savage DDR4 memory from 2133MHz to 3000MHz in various single modules and kits ranging from 4GB to 64GB capacities. While these new modules don’t get all the way to 3000MHz, they’re still very impressive with their 2666MHz and 15-16-16 timings.

The HyperX Predator DDR4 series is now available in 16GB DIMMs, meaning you can get 32GB kits of two modules and 64GB kits of four modules, all the way up to 3000MHz. The HyperX Predator DDR4 combines high frequency and aggressive CAS latencies to provide users with one of the fastest solutions in the market.

Both of HyperX’s memory series will be a great choice whether you using one of Intel’s new 100 series chipsets or the little older X99 chipsets. How much memory are you planning in your next build and what will it be used for? Let us know in the comments.

You can see a full list of available kits below.

Kingston Announces HyperX Savage DDR4 Memory up to 3000MHz

With the release of Intel’s new Skylake platform, more and more people are in the need for DDR4 memory instead of the older generation of DDR3 modules. Sure, there are a few boards that support DDR3, but why go for something lesser when you don’t have to. Kingston’s enthusiast department HyperX has released their newest DDR4 modules that are designed to work with Skylake on the Z170 and 100 series chipsets as well as the a little older X99 chipset.

The new modules from Kingston’s HyperX division are called Savage and come with speeds of up to 3000MHz. The built-in XMP profiles are optimized for both Intel’s Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs and allow for the easy setup that we’ve come to rely on. The new Savage modules are available as single modules up to 8GB and kits up to 64GB, which is the downside here. More and more people are looking to go beyond the natural limitation you deal with when limited to a maximum of 8GB per module, but I’m sure that bigger version already are in the works.

“We are excited to present this new high speed, yet power efficient memory for those gamers and enthusiasts looking to maximize system performance,” said Lawrence Yang, business manager, HyperX. “HyperX Savage DDR4 offers consumers standout performance, and with its asymmetrical die-cast aluminum, low-profile heat spreader and matching black PCB a standout look to upgrade any system.”

As mentioned the modules go up to 8GB capacity each, but there is also a 4GB version available. The frequencies available range from 2133MHz to 3000MHz, allowing you to choose what you need and prevent you from spending a lot of money on something you might not even need. The CAS Latency is rated between 12 and 15 and the modules are backed by Kingston’s known lifetime warranty.

HyperX Savage DDR4 Features and Specifications:

  • Capacities: 4GB-8GB (single), 8GB-64GB (kits)
  • Frequency: 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz, 2800MHz and 3000MHz
  • CAS Latency: 12-15
  • Voltage: 1.2V or 1.35V
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -55°C to 100°C
  • Dimensions: 133.35mm x 34.57mm
  • Compatible with: X99, Z170, H110, H170 and B150
  • Reliable: 100% tested
  • Guaranteed: Lifetime warranty

The GIGABYTE Charity Raffle at I55 Raised £2417 for Zoё’s Place

Gigabyte’s charity raffle for Zoë’s Place, held during Insomnia 55, was a big success and made it possible to hand over a check worth £2417. This isn’t the first time Gigabyte is holding a raffle at the Insomnia event and last time they made £1700, so €2417 is a good step up and a great sign that gamers want to give something back. All the proceeds of the raffle go to Zoë’s Place, a baby hospice providing palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years and suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

That is all great news and there were also some great prizes up for grab as part of the raffle. The ones entering the raffle had the chance to win AMD processors, AOC monitors, Coolermaster power supplies and cases, Crucial memory, Fractal Design power supplies and cases, Kingston memory and HyperX SSDs, Tesoro gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and mousepads, as well as Netgear NAS and cameras. GIGABYTE themselves sponsored a gaming laptop, motherboards, a graphics card, keyboards, and headsets for the raffle. All in all, prizes worth over £5000.

Gigabyte will be back with another Raffle in the future and I hope that even more people will support the cause then. We can do better, we can do more.

GIGABYTE and Partners Hold Biggest Ever Charity Raffle at I55

UK’s biggest gaming festival, Insomnia, is just around the corner and it will open its doors tomorrow for Multiplay Insomnia 55, UK’s biggest gaming festival at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Following up on the last successful charity raffle, GIGABYTE again partnered with others to create the biggest ever charity raffle at Insomnia. There will be around £5000 worth of hardware prizes to win spread out over the two days.

The prizes that you can win include AMD processors, AOC monitors, Coolermaster power supplies and cases, Crucial memory, Fractal Design power supplies and cases, Kingston memory and HyperX SSDs, Tesoro gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and mousepads, as well as Netgear NAS and cameras. GIGABYTE is sponsoring a gaming laptop, motherboards, a graphics card, keyboards, and headsets themselves. All this can be won and best of all, everything goes to charity.

There will be two raffles, one held on Friday, the 28th of August and the second the day after, on Saturday, the 29th of August.

Like last time, all the proceeds will be donated to the local charity Zoë’s place, a baby hospice providing palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years and suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. This is truly a worthy cause and I hope a lot of the gamers attending the Insomnia event will be very generous. The added bonus of  having a chance to win amazing hardware and this really is a no-brainer. Participate!

Next-Gen Intel NUC Takes Power in Small Size to a New Level

Intel’s NUC lineup is already pretty impressive all things considered. You get a lot of power in a tiny form factor and a variety of different models. With the release of Skylake, Intel is now prepping the next generation of NUC series that will be powered by Skylake-U low-voltage processors. The new tiny systems will draw just 15W while supporting M.2 drives and up to 32GB DDR4 memory.

It was more or less a given that Intel would release Skylake based systems, but up until now we’ve just seen slides mentioning them and no actual units. That has changed as they were spotted on Kingston’s booth at the IDF2015. The unit was of course loaded with Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 SO-DIMMs and M.2 SSD drive.

On the rear of the board, we can see a mini-DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a connector, two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit LAN, and the DC power. The system also has a wireless card with 802.11ac and Bluetooth that most likely is placed underneath the M.2 drive.

The front of the board features an Infrared receiver and a 3.5mm audio jack. It also features two USB 3.0 ports where the yellow one of them is designed for faster charging of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. There’s also a header for two USB 2.0 ports on the device, but that’s not pictured.

It isn’t fully clear yet what CPU was running in the demonstrated Intel NUC system, it could be either a Core i5-6200 or Core i3-6100U as both have a base clock frequency of 2.3GHz.

Thank You LegitReviews for providing us with this information

Kingston Released New HyperX FURY DDR4 Kits for Skylake

The next generation of Intel processors and new chipsets are almost here and I’m sure there are quite a few people anxious to upgrade to the 6th generation Intel Core processors. A CPU and a motherboard are only part of what you need, you’ll also need some new memory to go along with that as we’re switching from DDR3 to DDR4, at least for the large part. Kingston’s HyperX division is ready for that and just released two new dual-channel HyperX FURY kits for just this, one with 8GB and one with 16GB capacity.

The new HyperX FURY kits are available in low-latency 2133MHz, 2400MHz, and 2666MHz frequencies and are optimised for the new Intel Skylake platform. HyperX FURY DDR4 is also the first product line to offer automatic overclocking via plug-and-play functionality for the 6th generation Core processors.

HyperX FURY DDR4 memory is a cost-efficient way for a high-performance upgrade for Intel’s 2- and 4-core processors and helps to provide faster video editing, 3D rendering, gaming and AI processing. The new modules are more efficient than the older generation of DDR3 memory and only require 1.2V to achieve these high speeds. The design is a beautiful as it always is from HyperX and the FURY features and asymmetrical design with both a black low-profile heat spreader and a black PCB.

HyperX FURY DDR4 Features and Specifications:

  • 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: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB & 64GB kits
  • Frequency: 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz
  • 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

HyperX Pop-Up Shop at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Kingston wasn’t just inside Computex, they also had a HyperX pop-up shop outside. With a small shop and a stage, HyperX was ready to showcase their amazing high-performance storage and peripherals.

On display were the latest HyperX memory modules, solid state drives, and let us not forget the great headsets that they make. There were also several beautiful modded systems running and they were of course equipped with HyperX memory and storage drives.

Virtual reality is the next big thing and HyperX had a system setup to try it out. The beautiful system had a Gear VR system connected for the demonstration and to let people experience the new thing.

The Savage SSD is an amazing little drive. It is still based around the SATA3 interface, but it takes it to the limit as you might have seen in our previously released review on the drive.

The two modded systems on display were both running with Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4 memory

InWin cases are amazing when it comes to show off the hardware inside. They might not be so photo friendly thanks to the glass, but they look amazing. We can also spot the Predator M.2 SSD in the system that easily performs with 1400MB/s and beyond.

Kingston HyperX Savage 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


There have been a lot of PCIe, M.2 and new generation NVMe drives in the news lately and we’ve also tested some of them already, but the go-to standard for most people will still be the default SATA III connection for a while. Today I’m taking a closer look at such a drive and it’s a beauty at the same time, the brand new Kingston HyperX Savage SSD with 240GB capacity.

HyperX is Kingston’s gaming and high-end division and there is no doubt about that when opening up for this drive. It is presented in all its glory right away. The design looks great with the overall design resembling the X in HyperX. The red and white theme will also make it fit great with most gaming equipment as a lot of that carries the same

The design looks great with the overall design resembling the X in HyperX. The red and white theme will also make it fit great with most gaming equipment as a lot of that carries the same colour scheme.

The HyperX Savage SSD is built around the Phison PS3110-S10 SSD controller and paired with Toshiba’s A19nm MLC flash for great performance. It’s nice to see that Kingston also moves away from the SandForce controller in this drive series as they’re heavily outdated by now. This is without a doubt a great successor to the 3K drive and the Phison controller is probably the most powerful one available in the consumer market right now.

This is without a doubt a great successor to the 3K drive and the Phison controller is probably the most powerful one available in the consumer market right now.

The default 2.5-inch form factor with 7mm height makes the drive perfect for both desktop and laptop use. As always with Kingston drives you can get it either as just the drive or as an upgrade kit with external USB enclosure for easy migration from the old drive to the brand new HyperX Savage.

The speed rating on the HyperX Savage depends on the capacity it comes with and it is available from 120GB to 960GB. The 240GB model that I’m taking a look at today can perform up to 560MB/s read and 530MB/s at sequential compressible data, but its true strength lies with incompressible data and random performance.

The Savage can perform with up to 100K IOPS reading and 90K IOPS writing which is a difference that you’ll feel every day when working with your applications or playing your games.

 

The 240GB Savage SSD is rated for 306TB total bytes written (TBW) which equals to 1.19 drive writes per day (DWDP). The drive is backed by a 3-year warranty and has a life expectancy of 1 million hours (MTBF).

Kingston always has a great accessory bundle with their drives and you get both an internal 3.5-inch adapter and 9.5mm adapter brackets just as you get a copy of Acronis True Image HD cloning software and a cool HyperX sticker for your case.

Everything you need to make your upgrade as easy as possible and show off your HyperX pride at the same time.

Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 2666MHz 32GB Memory Kit Review

Introduction


When you’re building a tower, memory normally gets the last thought; you budget for all of the other key parts and then you find yourself having to readjust when you remember that you didn’t add any memory to your basket. With consumer memory kits roughly starting off where DDR3 left off, the speeds are blisteringly fast; some exceeding 3333MHz.

Kingston is one of the most well-known memory manufacturers, with many years in the business; it knows its way around a memory module. Kingston produced some of the finest RAM I’ve ever owned in my personal computers; reliable speeds with great overclocking headroom. Today we look at the HyperX Fury DDR4 memory kit.

“HyperX® FURY DDR4 can handle even the toughest battle. It automatically recognises its host platform and overclocks to the highest frequency published (up to 2666MHz1) — so you can wreak havoc. FURY DDR4 runs at 1.2V, even at 2666MHz, so it stays cooler while you play. You don’t need to alter the voltage to reach higher speeds, which means there’s more power for other hardware in the system. FURY’s sleek, asymmetrical black heat spreader provides enhanced thermal dissipation to help keep your cool and help you stand out from the crowd.”

Let’s jump straight into it and see what the kit can really do.

Specifications

Packaging and Accessories

Packing is very similar to the rest of what Kingston offers its memory kits in. Two halves, one black with ridges for the modules and one clear to see the modules. Well, you could see them if there wasn’t so many information stickers in the way.

A Closer Look

A very premium looking memory kit. Pressed metal casing with raised and diamond etched ‘HyperX’ logo. This is just two of the four modules.

Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe 480GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


HyperX is Kingston’s high-performance product division and it is logical that they released their new M.2 based SSD under this label. Today I’m taking the Kingston HyperX Predator PCIe 480GB Solid State Drive for a test ride on my test bench to find out just how great this new M.2 SATA-based drive can perform.

The Predator SSD offers a large capacity up to 480GB, but it is also available as a 240GB model for those that need less storage or just don’t want to spend as much on a storage drive as others. The drive is rated for speeds up to 1400MB/s reading and 1000MB/s writing and it is a perfect drive for ultra-responsive multitasking as well as just an overall faster system.

The drive is built around the PCIe Gen 2.0 x4 interface and comes as either just the M.2 drive or coupled with a half-height, half-length (HHHL) PCIe adapter like the one I’m having a look at today. The drive is a lot faster than the traditional SATA SSDs thanks to the increased bandwidth that the PCIe connection offers over the relative old SATA standard.

The drive is powered by a Marvell 88SS9293 controller and coupled with Toshiba A19 Toggle NAND to achieve this great performance. The drive further has 1GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory in two 512MB packages for caching purposes and general operation. All in all, that is a lot of hardware packed onto this small 2280 gum stick shaped solid state drive.

Kingston’s HyperX Predator PCIe SSD has a mean time before failure of 1 million hours and this 480GB version is rated for 882TB total bytes written (TBW) which equals to 1.7 full drive writes per day (DWPD). The smaller 240GB model has an almost identical rating with 1.6 DWPD which equals to 415TB TBW over the drive’s lifetime.

Kingston opted for a fully black device and I like this. The black PCB is a nice touch and one that is followed through from M.2 SSD to PCIe adapter board. There is also an extra foam pad mounted next to the connector to stabilize the inserted M.2 drive and prevent accidental damage.

Kingston backs this drive with their great customer service and a three-year warranty. The package with the PCIe adapter also included a low-profile replacement bracket for mounting abilities in SSF chassis, a key for Acronis True Image disk cloning software, and a cool HyperX sticker for your case.

Time to dive into the tests and see how this drive performs, it sure sounds like an awesome one.

HyperX, Intel and Overclockers UK Open London Pop-Up Store for Immersive Gaming

Kington’s HyperX division of today announces its “Meet the Pros” exclusive Pop-Up Shop launching in London’s Soho from 27-31 May.

HyperX doesn’t do it all alone and they joined forces with Intel and Overclockers UK to create a fully immersive gaming experience where game enthusiasts and visitors can go head to head with professional gamers and compete on the newly released Project Cars game.

You can’t just see how you measure up against some of the best, there will also be daily prizes for the fastest lap times, composed of gaming peripherals and accessories. The grand prize is worthy of the name is it is a complete custom gaming rig that is up for grabs on the final day of the competition.

The League of Legends global champion Snoopeh will headline the event and there will be a meet and greet for fans on Thursday, 28th May.

8Pack is one of the highest acclaimed and known overclockers in the world, and he’ll be attending on the same day, giving fans a chance to meet the record breaker and gain first-hand expert advice.

The event is open to the public from 27-31 May at 27 Peter Street, London, W1F 0AR.

  • Wednesday: 3pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 10am-5pm
  • Friday: 10am-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 8pm
  • Sunday: 10am- 5pm

A full array of HyperX products will also be available to view and purchase, and you can also get expert advice along with it.

HyperX Achieves Fastest 128GB DDR4 Memory Kit

G-Skill announced the world’s fastest DDR4 128GB memory not long ago, but we already knew then that they wouldn’t stay on the throne for long. The DDR4 memory market is new and under heavy development at the moment, which means that these records will be broken often by the competition.

This time is no different and it’s Kingston’s HyperX gaming division that set the new record for DDR4 memory kits with 128GB capacity as they announced that they created the world’s fastest 128GB memory kit.

The kit used to break this record consists of eight 16GB HyperX Predator modules (16GB x 8) in quad-channel configuration. The modules were running on an MSI X99 MPOWER motherboard paired with an Intel Core i7 5820K processor. The new modules use tight 16-16-16-36 timings and XMP profiles for easy and stable overclocking.

The new 16GB DDR4 memory modules will be demonstrated at Computex Taipei within a system that’s also packed with their recently released HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD. The live demo will be shown from June 4th to June 7th in their booth at ATT 4 FUN center where we’ll get the final details and specification of these modules, including the price.

HyperX Launches New SATA-based Savage SSD

Kingston’s HyperX division has launched a new SATA-based SSD dubbed the HyperX Savage. The new drive is based on the Phison S10 quad-core, eight-channel SSD controller and comes with capacities up to 960GB.

The Savage SSD replaces the successful HyperX 3K SSD and it looks to be worthy replacement with performance figures to go along with it. The sequential speed rating is set to 560MB/s reading and 530MB/s writing while the 4K random read and write speeds are rated at 100K and 89K IOPS respectively.

“We are proud to introduce the HyperX Savage as our latest and fastest SATA-based SSD,” said Tony Hollingsbee, Business Manager, SSD. “The HyperX 3K drive has been a core part of our SSD offerings since 2012, and now with Savage, we are unleashing even higher performance and capacities to satisfy the most demanding consumers, enthusiasts, and gamers.”

The drive also comes with an eye-catching design with its red steel and aluminium case. The 7mm low-profile design allows it to fit into most notebooks and small form factor PCs and it comes in two version, an upgrade bundle kit that includes a USB 3.0 enclosure and the normal one with just the drive.

The HyperX Savage is available now in 120GB, 240GB, 480GB and 960GB capacities. Overclockers UK has them all in stock and you can get your brand new HyperX Savage 120GB SSD for €69.98, 240GB for £114.98, 480GB for £234.98, and the 960GB will set you back £489.98. For about £10 more you get the upgrade bundles that are perfect for notebook users with limited SATA ports.

HyperX Savage SSD Features and Benefits:

  • Performance: incredible speeds for enhanced productivity
  • Unique design: stunning red casing to give an edge to the latest PC hardware
  • Slim: 7mm thickness to fit in most desktops and notebooks
  • Fast and easy migration: all-in-one kit available with premium HyperX accessories, including a handy multi-kit screwdriver and USB 3.0 enclosure for easy installation
  • Guaranteed: three-year warranty and free technical support
  • Form factor: 2.5″
  • Interface: SATA Rev. 3.0 (6Gb/s) – with backwards compatibility to SATA Rev. 2.0 (3Gb/s)
  • Capacities1: 120GB, 240GB, 480GB, 960GB
  • Controller: Phison PS3110-S10

Gigabyte’s Charity Raffle During i54 Made £1700 for Zoё’s Place

Gigabyte, together with other big hardware players such as Antec, Kingston HyperX, AOC, and Tesoro, hosted a big charity raffle during Insomnia 54 in Coventry. The deal was, you buy a ticket for the raffle and in return had a chance to win some great hardware such as AOC monitors, HyperX SSDs, Antec cases, Tesoro keyboards, and also Gigabyte motherboards and BRIX projectors. The best of all was, all the proceeds from the raffle would go to Zoë’s Place, a baby hospice in Coventry.

The raffle was a big success, actually there were two of them, one on Friday and one on Saturday of the event. The counting is done and Gigabyte could hand over a check for £1700 to Zoë’s Place.

Zoë’s place is a baby hospice that provides palliative, respite and end of life care for babies and infants aged from birth to five years and suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. There couldn’t be a much worthier cause for donating, and the Insomnia gamers thought so too.

Gigabyte also promised to be back again with a new Raffle at the next Insomnia event, i55. Let us hope that it will be at least as successful as this one and that it will raise even more money.

HyperX Announces Availability of HyperX Predator PCIe SSD

Kingston announced that their newest SSD has started shipping, and it is the fastest in the entire HyperX line-up. The new SSD is M.2. based but can be had with an optional half-height, half-length (HHHL) PCIe adapter card that comes with both a normal and a low profile bracket. The new Predator doesn’t just look sweet with its large black sticker on top, it also delivers great speeds up to 1400MB/s at reading and 1000MB/s writing.

The HyperX Predator is built around the PCIe Gen 2.0 x4 interface and is powered by a Marvell 88SS9293 SSD controller. There are only two choices capacity wise and you can get the HyperX Predator PCIe SSD as either a 240GB or 480GB model.

When it comes to the price, then you might already have guessed that it won’t come cheap. Overclockers UK has the drives listed as pre-order at the time of writing, starting at £209.99 for the 240GB and £419.99 for the 480GB M.2 models. If you’d like to have the optional PCIe adapter bracket, you’ll have to pay another £10 on top of each.

Thanks to HyperX for providing us with this information

HyperX Releases FURY DDR4 Memory and Adds High-Capacity Predator DDR4 Kits

Kingston announced the DDR4 version of their HyperX FURY memory and they are their first product line to offer automatic overclocking via plug-and-play for the next generation of high-end X99 based systems.

 “We are excited to expand our HyperX DDR4 offerings with FURY for the entry-level enthusiast who wants to maximize their gaming and user experience with simple plug-and-play memory,” said Edward Baily, Business Manager, HyperX. “FURY DDR4 is ideal for someone looking for premium components with faster speeds, high performance with maximum reliability and great aesthetics, all for a minimal investment.”

The Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4 modules are a cost-efficient high-performance memory that takes advantage of the new platforms low 1.2V power consumption and comes with a low profile heat spreader and black PCB. The memory modules are available at 2133MHz, 2400MHz and 2666MHz speeds and in various kits and configurations from 8 to 64GB.

HyperX FURY DDR4 Features and Specifications:

  • Easy to install: plug-and-play functionality
  • Automatic overclocking: reach faster speeds and higher capacities 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
  • Compatible: tested with all popular brands of motherboards
  • Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB & 64GB kits
  • Frequency: 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz
  • 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
  • Compatible: with Intel X99 chipset

In addition to the new FURY DDR4 memory line, Kingston also expands the Predator family with 32GB and 64GB kits for those who want even more performance and speeds up to 3000MHz.

HyperX Predator DDR4 Features and Specifications:

  • Fast: lowest latencies paired with faster clock speeds to deliver unbeatable DDR4 performance
  • Unique: charcoal black heat spreader with black PCB brings dramatic style to any system build
  • Compatible: Intel XMP ready profiles optimized for Intel X99 series motherboards
  • Reliable: 100% factory tested at speed
  • Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
  • Capacities: 16GB-64GB kits
  • Frequency: 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz, 2800MHz and 3000MHz
  • CAS latency: CL12–CL15
  • Voltage: 1.2V–1.35V
  • Operating temperature: 0°C to 85°C
  • Storage temperature: -55°C to 100°C
  • Dimensions: 133.35mm x 55mm
  • Compatible: Intel XMP ready profiles optimized for Intel X99 series motherboards

Thanks to Kingston for providing us with this information

Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB 3000MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Kit Review

Introduction


With every type of product there’s always a particular brand or SKU that rules the roost, that pushes the boundaries in terms of quality and performance. In the world of desktop computer memory there are a few of these: Corsair’s Dominator Platinum and G.Skill’s RipJaws are a couple of examples but today we have one of the most established and prestigious: Kingston’s HyperX Predator series.

The Predator name doesn’t just get put onto any old memory module: Kingston reserve it for the craziest frequencies, the highest quality cherry picked and speed binned SKUs and to top it all off there’s a whopping great big heatsink to keep things running cool. The specific kit we have today operates at a crazy 3000MHz, or 3GHz, and remember this is just the memory. That means the memory operates at the same frequency as the Core i7 5960X’s base frequency – crazy! Due to the super high frequency this kit also comes with a large heat spreader to tame the high 1.5 volts needed and it also comes with a high price tag which we’ll get onto later.  First let’s go over the specifications of this product:

Specifications

Edit: Kingston have informed us that due to feedback that are lowering the voltage of their HyperX Predator DDR4 2400-3000MHz range from 1.5 to 1.35 volts.

A Closer Look

Kingston’s HyperX Predator didn’t arrive with us in any retail packaging, just inside a brown card box with some plastic cases for the modules. The modules are something special though – look how big they are! There’s an extra inch  of heatsink over the top of the PCB for a total height of about 55mm – you’re going to need closed loop liquid cooling or a slim heatsink to use this RAM.

Kingston & iiyama Booth at Insomnia i52

It looks like iiyama and Kingston have joined forces this year for a shared booth, although in fairness this whole booth is a shrine to many other brands too, with OCUK, Cube, NZXT, Team Dignitas and more having products strutting their stuff around it.

The booth is kitted out with high-end gaming rigs and they’ve got their eSports team lined up here on Hyperx / iiyama equipped systems, doing what they do best, play games!

A custom Hyper X Parvum chassis.

4K monitors hooked up to high-end rigs, what’s not to love!

Some fun and games.

Check back shortly as we’ll have even more coverage from this weekends event here in Coventry.

Kingston HyperX Fury 240GB Solid State Drive Review

Introduction


The SSD market today is bursting at the seams with various types of solid state drives catering for every level of budget and with varying degrees of performance including drives that are now pushing the SATA !! interface to its absolute limits along with drives which pack insane amounts of storage compared to those drives which were around only a year ago. Similarly the number of manufacturers on the market is slowly growing, but those who have been in the business for a number of years are those that stand out above the rest and this includes Crucial, OCZ, Corsair, Plextor, Sandisk and Kingston of whom we’re looking at today.

Like the SSD, the HyperX line of products has been around for some time now and when we look at their SSD line up, we are somewhat limited in choice with only one mainstream HyperX drive available – namely the HyperX 3K, which replaced the first generation HyperX, offering a better price point with good levels of performance. Even though the 3K brings a more attractive price point over the [now end of line] HyperX, it is still somewhat expensive compared to drives from a number of other brands and with the launch of the HyperX Fury product line, Kingston have come up with an even cheaper drive to open up the doors into HyperX to a larger group of users.

Designed purely to offer a lower price tag for the budget conscious buyer, the HyperX Fury SSD is built around a SandForce SF-2281 controller with Kingston’s own MLC NAND. This combination of components allows the drive to offer compressible read and write speeds of around 500MB/s and incompressible speeds of 470MB/s read and 220MB/s write. Kingston stress however that this drive is all about offering a compelling price point for an enthusiast grade drive not its out-and-out performance.

Where we find the HyperX 3K coming in a large box with drive bay adaptors, screws and manuals and this all adds up nudging the price of the drive up as well. The Fury restricts this additional cost by shipping in a slim card packet with a plastic cover holding the drive in place. Inside all we get is a 2.5mm shim for installing the drive into 9.5mm drive bays and a HyperX sticker for your notebook or gaming rig.

PC Specialist Cosmos II 15.6″ Notebook Review

Introduction


When it comes to finding a decent-spec notebook you will be overwhelmed with options. If you’re after something slim and stylish you’re likely to be stung for a hefty premium by Apple, Sony, Samsung and so on. If you’re after something with a decent amount of CPU and GPU horsepower then you’re likely to be dragged into the depths of gaming notebooks (like those made by ASUS, MSI, Alienware and so on) even if you don’t want to game. So where do you go if you’re looking for something in between? Something that has style and is fairly slim but still has a fair amount of performance to allow you to be productive and game? Well PC Specialist are always a good place to start because you can customise just about any base notebook to have anything you want. Today we have a mid-range PC Specialist Cosmos II notebook in for testing and it looks like an epic all-rounder. With a dual core Haswell Core i5, an Nvidia GTX 850M 2GB graphics card, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB SSHD it has a great balance of performance, functionality and most importantly value. The design may be a little plain-Jane for the style conscious notebook buyer but if you’re happy for simplicity then this could be the ideal notebook for you. Below you can see the specifications of our PC Specialist Cosmos II notebook as we have it configured. You can change and configure just about every aspect of the Cosmos II if for whatever reason you need more or less of something.

Specifications

  • Name: PC Specialist Cosmos II
  • Case: Cosmos Series
  • Motherboard: Generic Intel HM86
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4210M dual core processor
  • Processor Cooler: Generic low profile integrated notebook cooling solution
  • System Memory: 1 x 8GB Kingston HyperX Impact 1600MHz
  • Main Boot Drive: 1TB Seagate Hybrid Gen3 5400RPM SSHD w/ 64MB Cache
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): Not included.
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 850M 2GB DDR3
  • Power Supply: 120W AC adapter
  • Optical Drive:Generic 8X DVD-RW/24X CD-RW
  • Wireless: Intel N135 802.11N 150mbps and Bluetooth
  • Monitor: 15.6 inch matte Full HD LED widescreen (1920 x 1080)
  • Peripherals: Integrated chiclet-style keyboard and 2 button touchpad-mouse
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: 3 Year (1 month collect and return, 1 year parts, 3 years labour)
  • Price: £697 including delivery and VAT as configured. (Pricing links on final page of review)
  • Weight: 2.6kg

Packaging & Accessories

PC Specialist are no strangers to building and shipping systems and notebooks to customers so I wasn’t surprised to see our review sample come in virtually bomb proof package. Not only is the notebook box well protected inside another outer box, but you also find the notebook comes with more foam protection inside the inner box.

The notebook box comes with a convenient carry handle, if you ever need to move all the parts around or send it back to PC Specialist for repairs then you should definitely keep hold of this.

Included is a 120W AC adapter, 5600 mAh battery, UK power plug, a user guide, a driver & utility DVD and a Nero12 essentials trial version disc.

The included adapter is manufactured by Chicony Power Technology and is good for 120W of output which is required for this notebook.

The required battery provides 62.16 watt hours and is Lithium-Ion.

CPU-Z

GPU-Z

Kingston Launch Web Assistant For Storage & Memory Upgrades

When it comes to working out the specification of your new gaming system or when you’re looking to boost the performance of your existing setup, memory and storage are two of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of getting the most out of what you’ve got. Since the launch of the solid state drive only a few years back, we’ve seen desktop performance rocket up to a whole new level and as the processors and graphics cards progress to new heights, the memory kit is for most of the time forgotten about or underestimated. Whereas selecting the right graphics card for example is pretty easy, selecting the right memory kit for your needs is not as clear cut. When we take every memory kit that is on offer on the market (as well as the SSDs )and throw it all into one basket, the number of hardware combinations and possibilities, as well as price points that there are to choose from is monumental. With such a huge number of products on offer, how are you sure that the kit you’re choosing is the right one for you?

One way of filtering out the select products that would be suitable for your system would be to look around the review sites such as ourselves, where we show you some of the latest performance, mid-range and budget options that there are on the market, giving you an idea of what product you want to be ordering next. Whilst this is all fair and well, we have to be fair and honest and say that not everyone is going to want to go through piles and piles of reviews to see what is best for their needs, either because of the time it takes to read reviews, or because they’re not that technically minded. We therefore see numerous users taking to our forums to ask what would be the best drive or memory kit for them to get for their system for XYZ price bracket, but what if there was an even easier option out there which could guide you through the selection process, showing you only the products which are best suited for your needs; a user with a gaming motherboard would ideally like a gaming memory kit to compliment the performance, whilst a typical home office user may want a budget kit which does what it needs to without burning a hole in the wallet.

Fortunately though Kingston have been busy working away over the last few months to develop a massive database of every motherboard, server, notebook and more; after which they individually select which of their memory kits and SSDs is best suited for that particular users needs with the option on offer to then purchase the hardware directly from Kingston and have it delivered to your door. These selection pages don’t just cover the Windows platform, as Apple systems more commonly than not use very similar desktop components to those used in the rest of the market, we find Kingston offering up a good range of suitable kits for Mac users.

 

With the next generation of motherboards and processors only a short time away now, the time to upgrade is also very close and if you’re not too sure on how to actually do the upgrade, fear not as Kingston have also got you covered. In addition to the massive web database and product selection tools, they also have a library of setup guides and videos on offer which take you through the upgrade process step-by-step, clearing any doubts or worries that you may be doing something wrong. With technology so far advanced compared to where it was a number of years ago, it is actually far easier to upgrade your system than it used to be.

Kingston don’t just supply the retail market with components, they also cover the OEM market, providing a number of manufacturers products for direct use in their systems and to reflect this, Kingston also list the relevant upgrade kits for each of their OEM partners. Here are just a few of Kingston’s partners:

So if you’re a budding enthusiast who wants to know that they are giving their system the very best, or a non-technically minded home user who wants some guidance, head over to Kingston’s Memory and Storage Search Page where you can find the right product and how to get the best out of your system – oh and did I mention that this information and help is TOTALLY FREE? Surely that deserves us giving Kingston a huge thank you to making your tech experience as good as possible.

Kingston & QPAD Join Forces To Create HyperX Cloud Headset

Kingston, who are better known for the memory and storage products than audio, have teamed up with QPAD to create their new headset, the HyperX Cloud. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Kingston team up to make a headset, it was only last year that SteelSeries and Kingston launched an exclusive edition of the Siberia headset. The HyperX Cloud Gaming Headset isn’t even the first HyperX collaboration we’ve seen this week, as a few days ago we discovered Asus and HyperX are joining forces for the HyperXpress SSD.

The new headset looks pretty robust, featuring plenty of thick memory foam padding on the ear cushions and its leather-padded headband, and the whole thing has been custom stiched to give it an extra touch of style. The velour ear cushions are interchangeable, giving you a choice of coverings to suit your personal style and preferences. With large 53mm driver, the HyperX Cloud should be able to pack quite a punch in terms of audio performance, and it comes with a durable aluminium construction detachable microphone.

“HyperX worked with Swedish manufacturer QPAD to create a headset that delivers comfort and superb sound for long game play. This is a winning combination as QPAD is known for high-quality gaming peripherals throughout Europe,” said Lawrence Yang, business manager, HyperX. “We think the hours will pass by without notice as gamers wear the HyperX Cloud headset.”

The new headset will be compatible with PC, PlayStation 4 and mobile devices, it is now also the official headset of the Intel Extreme Masters, Alliance Gaming, CNB eSports Club, SK-Gaming and Team Liquid.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

Asus And HyperX Join Forces With the HyperXpress SSD

This week saw two industry giants joining forces for a demonstration of the first Asus branded SSD hard drive, the HyperXpress. As the name suggests, the Asus SSD has been co-developed by the legendary HyperX team at Kingston, a brand who already have many of the best memory and storage products on the market today to their name.

The new drive is 9.5mm thick and comes in the usual 2.5″ form factor that we’ve come to know and love from the SSD market. It’s packed full of features and comes with support of the SATA Express interface, which is set to hit the market next month, alongside the launch of the new Intel Z97 Express chipset and Intel’s Core Haswell Refresh processor range.

The drive is pretty common place in terms of components, featuring a host-agnostic RAID0 array of two mSATA 6 Gb/s SSDs, both of which are wired to a host controller from ASMedia. It will still behave like a single drive despite its dual hard drive nature, but it should benefit from the performance gains we normally see in RAID configurations.

The drive is still an early prototype and ASUS said that future models could run a pair of M.2 SSDs instead of mSATA, giving even better performance that what was seen from the recent demonstration (see chart below). With Computex 2014 just weeks away now (eTeknix will be there), ASUS are expected to launch a huge range of new storage products, so stay tuned for more information.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

PC Specialist ‘Vanquish 230XT’ Gaming System Review

Introduction


When browsing through the countless pre-built systems that are on offer from the likes of Overclockers UK, Scan, CyberpowerPC and PC Specialist as we have here today; most of the time we find users spending on average around £1400-1600 (~$2300-2700 USD) for their new gaming rig and whilst you do get a great amount of power for your money, we do wonder how much extra pixel pushing power do you really get from a system that is around 20% cheaper to buy. Obviously there are going to be some obvious differences in the systems specification and this mainly includes the motherboard, processor and graphics card; but are you really getting 20% extra performance for your money or is it worth spending that bit less and spending that extra cash on a better monitor for example?

With the number of system integrators in the UK slowly increasing, staying one step ahead of the competition in terms of pricing and quality is a never-ending battle. Each company out there has their own little twist on what makes a great system and in the case of PC Specialist, it’s not just the system that you are paying for – customer service is important as well. Since we took our first look at one of PC Specialist’s budget gaming systems; namely the Vanquish X200, back in the first half of last year, we have come to learn that offering a top rate of customer service from the pre-sales end of the line right through to after-sales technical support is of a high priority to this devoted team of enthusiasts. Not only is this a passion driven business, but the extra care that they put into their systems does not constitute to a hefty price tag and it soon becomes clear that the price is far more justifiable with all the hidden extras that you get included – as standard.

The Vanquish 230XT that we’ve got in today comes with a delivered to your door price tag of £1137.00 inc VAT and inside it packs a strong mix of mid-to-high range components that have a better bang-for-buck appeal to them over some of the top end components that we see out there on the market today. Built onto an Asus Z87-A motherboard we have an overclocked and water-cooled quad-core 4670k running at 4.2GHz, teamed up with 16GB of 2400MHz HyperX Beast Memory from Kingston and an AMD R9 280X graphics card ready to deliver a joyful gaming experience. On top of all of that we get a 120GB HyperX 3K SSD and a 1TB hard drive for all of your games and media content to go on and all of this is packed into a budget friendly 230T mid-tower chassis from Corsair.

Bundled into the shipping box alongside the chassis, we find a smaller box inside of which PC Specialist include all of the extra accessories that one would typically find inside the box of each individual component used – after all, you are paying for all of these little extra accessories , and should you wish to upgrade one or two bits at a later stage you may find yourself in need of something that’s in this box.