Kingston has made the move to bring RGB to their ever popular FURY line of DDR4 memory modules. The Hyper X Fury RGB takes the same Fury DDR4 design signature we are all familiar with and adds quite the touch of color thanks to a nice diffuser placed on top of the DIMM. The lineup ranges from a single 8GB stick rated at 2400MHz all the way up to a kit of 4 16GB sticks rated at 3733MHz for those who demand extreme capacity and 726719-b21 speeds.
We were sent the kit of 32GB (2x16GB) Hyper X Fury DDR4 3600 rated at 3600MHz with timings at 17-21-21 and requiring 1.35v to do so. The kit was compatible with our Core i9-9900K paired with an EVGA Z370 Classified K motherboard as well as my Ryzen 9 3900X on an ASUS X370 Crosshair 6 Hero. But how about a closer look at the memory kit and how it performed in our growing lineup of memory modules.
One of the more interesting features that Hyper X added to this lineup of RGB memory is their Hyper Infrared Sync Technology. For those unfamiliar, this is a great integration that solves the problem of ‘RGB drift’ that often occurs on memory kits that are cycling through color and slowly get out of sync for one reason or another. The Hyper X Infrared Sync Technology allows the DIMMs to communicate with each other directly through infrared sensors to maintain a perfectly synced color pattern.
A Closer Look
The kit comes packed in a standard blister pack, so no fancy box affairs like some other memory kits come in, but the box means very little so on to the memory itself. Sporting a black heatsink shroud with a brushed aluminum finish for the lettering and branding of the DIMMs. Sitting on top of the modules is the diffuser for the RGB modules that have the Hyper X logo printed onto it, so if you disable the lighting the module still looks attractive because sometimes you just have days where you want to disable the lights.
RGB is supported by their own Hyper X Ngenuity software as well as the more popular suites from vendors including; ASUS Aura Sync, ASRock’s, Gigabyte’s RGB Fusion 2.0, and MSI Mystic Light Sync. I found it integrating nicely with the ASUS Aura Sync on my Crosshair 6 Hero and the Hyper X Ngenuity software handled the RGB settings nicely on the EVGA Z370 test bench.
The Hyper X Fury RGB DDR4 kits are packing Hynix IC modules, specifically the newer Hynix DJR modules. These are the same modules that you’ll find in other competing memory kits from G.Skill in their Trident Z Neo. DJR memory modules are akin to a higher frequency version of Hynix CJR memory kits and in our testing, we found it compatible with the latest Intel Core i9-9900k and i5-8400 on the EVGA Z370 Classified K board, we also found the Ryzen 5 3600 and B450 Tomahawk to run it with ease. The Ryzen 5 3400G did not have the same luck running it past DDR4 3200 speeds.
Much like the first time I published a review for storage I have access to limited hardware and had to develop a test suite for myself to use. Because of that the testing is still growing and open to suggestions by the readers. Right now we have a mix of Synthetic and Gaming benchmarks as I focus primarily on the PC Gaming angle with almost all hardware. Something I wanted to explore as we go through the results is more than just the memory’s XMP Profile performance as sometimes people run into issues running memory at its maximum capacity, therefore I conducted a set of tests using the XMP Profile for rated speeds and timings, but then adjusted the frequency to see how the memory kits all performed at lower frequencies (and higher than XMP in the case of the Corsair Vengeance LPX kit). Hopefully, that’ll give readers a better idea of where the Hyper X Fury RGB memory sits overall in terms of performance.
|CPU||Intel Core i9-9900k @ 5GHz|
|Memory||Hyper X Fury RGB DDR4 3600 CL17 Muskin Redline DDR4 3600 CL18, APACER VOX RGB DDR4 3200 CL16
G.Skill Flare X DDR4 3200 CL14
G.Skill Trident Z DDR4 3200 CL16
Geil EVO X DDR3200 CL 16
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 CL14
|Motherboard||EVGA Z370 Classified K|
|Storage||Kingston KC2000 1TB NVMe SSD|
|PSU||Cooler Master V1200 Platinum|
|Windows Version||1909 with latest security patches|
Hyper X Fury RGB 32GB DDR4 3600 Performance
Aida 64 Bandwidth
Using Aida 64 we are able to get a good idea of the overall bandwidth from the memory kits in Read, Write, and Copy performance. I separated them out into their own charts per each measurement so they would be easier to read and digest. A great aspect of this benchmark is that it is readily available to everyone to try out and see where your system’s performance lands for a point of comparison.
Aida 64 Latency
Latency is the name of the game in this benchmark. The lower the latency the faster the response from the memory.
ROG RealBench Image Editing
The ROG RealBench suite is a rather useful tool for measuring performance as it’s built entirely out of open source applications that people use. For this test, we took the results from the ROG RealBench Image Editing benchmark that uses GIMP to measure performance while loading and applying many changes to photos. Needless to say, the results point out not much reason to be concerned with what memory you’re using so long as you have enough. A great aspect of this benchmark is that it is readily available to everyone to try out and see where your system’s performance lands for a point of comparison.
WinRar’s benchmark takes a measurement of the system’s capacity for file compression and translates that to KB/s showing that it really favors overall speed for the highest output. A great aspect of this benchmark is that it is readily available to everyone to try out and see where your system’s performance lands for a point of comparison.
Rainbow 6 Siege
Rainbow 6 Siege is a highly competitive multiplayer shooter that has shown itself to be fairly CPU intensive, and memory performance is one aspect that can really help boost speeds in games that are CPU constrained. This game proves this to be the case as well showing that there can exist up to and exceeding a 40FPS margin based on the memory speed. This was tested at 1080p Ultra Preset paired with an RTX 2080 Ti
Far Cry New Dawn
Far Cry New Dawn may not be the same kind of competitive multiplayer game as Rainbow 6, but it is still al title that is known to put the hurt on the CPU so it should also share a very similar outcome. While the performance delta of just over 25FPS isn’t as staggering, it’s still a big enough gap for people to really consider faster memory when using these higher-performing CPUs. This was tested at 1080p Ultra Preset paired with an RTX 2080 Ti
The Hyper X RGB DDR4 3600 32GB memory kit delivered all around. Performance right in line with where it should be and good compatibility with all systems it was tested in. The profile of the memory allows for it to be put in most systems without any concern for cooler clearance, it is good to see manufacturers avoiding the skyscraper height memory modules as they’re basically a pointless design unless you want to cause compatibility issues. The diffuser does a decent job of smoothing out the lighting but it’s not the best on the market. With the LEDs turned off the memory is still clean in aesthetics to fit any builds motif.