Kingston's DDR3 for Gaming Notebooks

Kingston has announced new low-latency HyperX DDR3 memory modules for performance notebooks.

Appealing to the growing number of enthusiasts in the notebook market, Kingston has released new HyperX DDR3 notebook memory, which the company claims to be the first of its kind to offer ultra-low-latencies. With notebooks now shipping with external graphics cards and overtaking desktops in sales, it makes sense that there would be a growing market for gaming-grade notebook memory.

The new HyperX DDR3 SO-DIMM memory comes pre-programmed with memory timings of 5-5-5-15, yet the memory is still able to offer a speed of 1066 MHz. The pre-programmed tight timings should make for an easy way to boost memory performance, even when faced with a lack of memory tweaking options in the notebook’s BIOS. Kingston offers the new DDR3 memory in a 4 GB kit (2 x 2 GB), which also includes metal heat-spreaders. The metal heat-spreaders should help keep the memory running cool and stable, but with the memory requiring only 1.5 V being crammed into the tight spaces of a notebook, we can’t see any real benefits here.

The MSRP of the 4 GB kit is $228 and goes by the product number KHX8500S3ULK2/4G. As noted in the chart below, the MSRP of the new HyperX memory is a tad on the expensive side when compared to other 4 GB DDR3 SO-DIMM memory kits. Kingston also offers DDR2 HyperX notebook memory, which appear fairly competitive in price at e-retailers. Kingston’s HyperX memory comes with a lifetime warranty and 24/7 technical support.

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DDR3 SO-DIMM BrandSpeedTimingsCapacityPrice
Kingstong HyperX 4 GB1066 MHz5-5-5-152 x 2 GB$228 MSRP
Mushkin 4 GB1066 MHz7-7-7-202 x 2 GB$119.99*
Mushkin 2 GB1066 MHz7-7-7-202 x 1 GB$76.99*
G.Skill 4 GB1333 MHz9-9-9-242 x 2 GB$119.99*

*Prices according to on December 4, 2008. All voltages rated at 1.5 V.

  • Pei-chen
    What's the point? You can't overclock a notebook CPU so you don't need performance mamory.
  • hellwig
    DDR3 memory doesn't really increase performance, so I doubt anyone is putting a Core2 processor in a laptop with a DDR3 memory controller. This also obviously isn't for any Core i7 processors, or it would have been a triple-channel kit. Sure DDR3 uses less power than DDR2, but in a gaming/performance notebook, memory power consumption is not a major factor. Overall this looks useless.
  • hate to bust both of your bubbles.

    Notebooks can be overclocked may not go as far as a desktop with watercooling or other. but still very overclock able.

    Example: Gateways new FX 7811 & 7812.. is being considered one of the BEST Enthusiast Laptops out now if not the best.. super cheap & can be upgraded like mad. Ability to Raid. Comes with DDR3 & Centrino 2.. You can Download a Beta Bios Then buy most any Laptop friendly Core2 or QuadCore & work in this machine. the 9800M has been OC'ed very well due to the insane Heatsink & Fan inside.

    Yes the laptops don't get but maybe 3-5hours of Battery Life, perhaps alot less once their fully maxed in Hardware.. but its 100x easier to port to & from Lanparties than any desktop.

    This is happening to other laptops as well i know about this 7811 due to the fact I own one & have begun the performance increase process slowly. Currently doing the Raid. will do the CPU when the Bios Update has been out long enough to prove its stability. Now that i know that a better Clocked DDR3 is out i may do a switch, I know others with more change to throw around will be..

    Search the Net for most any new High Performance Laptop now & see how many people are on forums talking about all the crazy things their doing to them to make them better. & giving step by step directions on the working ideas.

  • jaragon13
    It's low latency idiots,that means it performs the same as stock JEDEC DDR2 800 desktop,except on 1066mhz...
  • frozenlead
    I would never consider a Gateway as the best laptop on the market - that spot is reserved for Clevo units, by FAR.

    Which, BTW, Clevo notebooks are fully overclockable - and feature cooling systems that can actually cool something.
  • tipoo
    interesting, i've never seen laptop memory with heat spreaders.
  • micman
    I don't know, I'd rather pay the $1,000 I paid for my Gateway than $3,000 for a Clevo with only marginally better specifications. If it breaks, I can still buy two more for the price of one Clevo. What I want to know is, when will someone make a reasonably priced 4gb 1333mhz module? I already run my stock DDR3 memory at 7-6-6-18, so buying the same amount of memory with the same clock speed just doesn't make a lot of sense.