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Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4-3000 16-GB Kit Review

The X99 platform is already pretty expensive. Does a 16GB quad-channel kit of DDR4-3000 memory really need to cost more than $400? Kingston takes on our previous DDR4-3000 test sample with its newer, lower-priced HyperX Predator.

Program Performance And Value Analysis

Codemasters continues to present excellent games for memory testing in its racing series. Simply find a setting that doesn’t put much stress on the CPU or GPU (which is easy with high-end parts), and watch as memory bandwidth and latency become the deciding factor.

While G.Skill’s high-end parts are noticeably faster in Grid 2, the difference only becomes noticeable looking at an average frame rate chart. I don't know anyone who can see 228 compared to 235FPS, even when halving frame rates via a stereoscopic display.

Battlefield 4 scales more typically compared to current games, and gains nothing from faster RAM.

Because a single-second difference can show up as the result of milliseconds and rounding, we really need a two-second difference in applications to define performance superiority. Lacking that, we’re ready to move on to overall performance and pricing.

G.Skill’s Ripjaws 4 are true premium parts with a truly-premium $450 price tag. Kingston hopes to woo value seekers by presenting the same data rate and capacity in a $370 kit. We think the company is on to something.

Update 1-09-2015

A recent price drop for G.Skill's F4-3000C15Q-16GRR has made it available for $350 at Newegg. This puts it on-par with Kingston's $330 HX430C15PB2K4/16 in terms of both performance and overclocking value. As always, we suggest readers search current pricing before making their final purchase decisions.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.