Kingston’s Products at WCG2007


More memory!

Many PC enthusiasts are already familiar with Kingston, primarially as a source of name-brand “value” memory that doesn’t suck.  Their ValueRAM is only one of their product lines, and Kingston is bringing new RAM and Flash products to the table to compete with the likes of OCZ, Corsair, and Crucial.  Kingston was showing off their new wares at the World Cyber Games in Seattle, and I had a chance to chat with them about their new products.

HyperX DDR3 Technology
Kingston is supporting the next generation of PC RAM by offering HyperX DDR3.  The HyperX line targets the PC enthusiast by offering higher speeds and lower latencies, and is competitively priced with other performance memory. DDR3 has lower voltage requirements (to try and keep a lid on the heat generated by the faster modules), so HyperX DDR3 requires only 1.7 volts.

CAS latencies vary between 5 and 7, which is still very low for DDR3.  HyperX DDR3 modules are also available in speeds up to 1.5Ghz and in capacities of 2GB kits.  Just in case you were wondering, DDR3 is not physically compatible with DDR2, because the memory is notched at a different place (much like DDR2 won’t fit in a DDR1 slot).

Even though these memory modules support low voltages, only a timing of 7-7-7-20 can be reached at 1.7 volts.  Kingston’s higher-latency HyperX RAM must run at 1.8 volts to sustain a 5-7-5-15 timing.

DataTraveler USB Flash drives
Kingston had several portable USB drives available, and I asked how these products stand out from the sea of USB key drives.  Kingston did not seem to offer any drives with U3 or Ceedo technology, and Cameron mentioned that drives with these portable technologies haven’t been very popular.  People are more concered with capacity and speed above anything else, and that’s where Kingston’s Flash products are aimed.

Kingston does offer drives with MiGo technology, which allows users to carry their desktop profiles with them.  Unlike U3, which is a standard for “portable applications” , MiGo is a  methodology that supports synchronization between several computers.  Essentially you “take your desktop with you”, including your Outlook mail, contacts, desktop, and other personal customizations.  Additionally, your web browser’s Ineternet Cache can be stored on the flash drive, keeping your desktop machine completely ignorant of your browsing history.