So another HyperX kit, another day and another blast on the test bench for Kingston which has been a very interesting experience indeed! I think the only kit we haven’t seen is the Genesis which this kit actually replaces in terms of Kingston’s mid-range line up and it has been interesting to see if the kit performs as brutal as the name suggests. So what’s the deal with the Kingston HyperX Savage then? Is it the dish of the day or last week’s soup? Let’s find out…
Performance wise the Kingston HyperX Savage 2133MHz is pretty much a direct step up from the HyperX Fury 1866MHz kit which is exactly where it should be. Talking about relative performance, it is pretty close in comparison to the HyperX Beast kit which is Kingston’s performance range. Now as I have mentioned previously, the Savage is the predecessor to the HyperX Genesis range so it’s quite fitting that this kit fits into the exact same place in the market; would you expect anything different? Overall the performance is fairly decent and even beats the HyperX Fury when overclocked a few times which is certainly a big plus; a solid showing all-round.
If I had to pick a flaw in the performance of the Savage, it would be the lack of overclock ability. I couldn’t even tighten the timings to CL10 which was disappointing but with everything, overclocking ability is only assumed and never guaranteed but given the solid performance at stock, it shouldn’t be a problem to anyone looking for a kit of very reliable and good looking memory.
Now moving onto the overall look of the Savage, it isn’t too dissimilar to the Fury memory with its aggressive looks. Now like the HyperX Fury, the Savage really does tickle my fancy and I am a huge fan of the red finish; even if I try and avoid red inside systems I build. Now unlike the Fury, only red is available in the Savage currently but if you were looking to colour match components, this would go perfect with the MSI Gaming series, ASUS Republic of Gamers range or even Gigabytes Gaming range; there are tons of options available to make the most of this gorgeous memory.
The real justification on any award given here really is going to come down to the price and coming in at around £86 from Amazon UK, it is a good £25 more expensive than the Fury for the 8GB version. Now the Savage is 2133MHz but the Fury kit should do that no problems at all so if value for money is your thing, stick to the Fury. However if you do want a kit which gives good performance for the money and has a striking red aesthetic, then the Savage is surely going to please you.
So all in all, the Kingston HyperX Savage 2133MHz CL11 kit delivers in terms of performance and aesthetic but I’m still not too sure about the price. Sure it can be considered good value for money compared to some other brands but there are 2400MHz kits out there for less which of course looks a lot more desirable on paper and should almost certainly perform better. Nevertheless, Kingston have a very smexy looking kit of memory here and as always, the HyperX range delivers things to gamers and enthusiasts that they want and need.
Huge thanks to Kingston for sending the HyperX in for review and I look forward to seeing more in the not too far distant future!
– Fantastic red finish
– Great aesthetic
– Brilliant replacement for the outdated “Genesis” range
– Decent performance
– Could be priced more competitively
– Only available in red
– Samples available had no overclocking headroom
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