Until recently, the conquest of high frequencies in memory was available only with selected Samsung microcircuits of the B-die revision, with which it was not difficult to get 4500-5000 MHz and higher in air. Products based on competitors’ solutions could not boast of such indicators, and their potential did not even reach 4000 MHz. With the advent of new revisions of memory chips from Micron and SK Hynix, high-frequency products have already been offered based on them, and its overclocking gives good results. For example, with Micron E-die you can finally get 4000 MHz, or even all 5000 MHz, and SK Hynix D-die — 4500-5000 MHz and even higher. But, unfortunately, with such indicators, you will have to sacrifice timings, since they will have to be set higher than those of Samsung. Of course, overclocking is like a lottery and it is not a fact that when buying an expensive memory kit or with the required chips, you will be able to get high frequencies or low latency.

We have already reviewed the memory kit based on Micron E-die, and compared to the product based on chips of the previous revision, it showed a very good result. But we have not met with SK Hynix D-die yet. Rather, something similar to them was in the Patriot Viper RGB PVR416G320C6K, but these modules were with relabeled microcircuits, the model of which, for example, the Thaiphoon Burner utility could not accurately determine. This time we were much more lucky and the HyperX Fury RGB HX436C17FB3AK2/16 memory kit must be with SK Hynix D-die, as its potential speaks eloquently, but more on that below.

HyperX Fury RGB HX436C17FB3AK2/16

HyperX Fury RGB HX436C17FB3AK2/16

Model HyperX Fury RGB HX436C17FB3AK2/16
Official product page HX436C17FB3AK2/16
Type DDR4-3600
Memory chips Kingston (SK Hynix DJR)
Volume, GB 16 (2×8 GB)
Timing 17-21-21-39
Operating voltage, V 1,35
Height with radiator, mm 41,2
Cost in domestic retail UAH 3409

The 16 GB dual-channel memory kit comes in a transparent blister with a red sticker that indicates the model, memory type and amount, frequency, and CAS Latency. In principle, the minimum set of characteristics for understanding what you get when you pick up the kit for the first time.

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In addition to the bars, the user will receive instructions for installation and warranty conditions, as well as a sticker with the HyperX series logo.

HyperX Fury RGB HX436C17FB3AK2/16

The modules have an updated design, which we have already seen in the example of the HyperX Fury RGB HX434C16FB3AK2/16 kit. Unlike the old solutions of the Fury series, the new items have become taller and have acquired RGB backlighting.

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Radiators have become simpler and instead of intricate locks so that their halves do not separate, we see ordinary limiters to prevent the light guides from moving. The rigidity of the structure adds double-sided tape.

HyperX Fury RGB HX436C17FB3AK2/16

Eight Kingston memory chips are soldered on one side of the black printed circuit boards, but judging by the Thaiphoon Burner diagnostic utility, these may be just the SK Hynix H5AN8G8NDJR-UHC you are looking for.

HyperX Fury RGB HX436C17FB3AK2/16

Like the HyperX Fury RGB HX434C16FB3AK2 / 16, the slats of the kit in question have sensors for synchronizing the backlight, and by installing the HyperX NGenuity application, you can even adjust the lighting effects.

HyperX Fury RGB HX436C17FB3AK2/16

While the “rainbow” is available, and even at the first start, the utility does not detect memory until the corresponding item is activated in the settings, but the application has beta status, so such nuances are quite forgivable.

On each module there is a sticker with the name of the kit, the indicated operating voltage and the number of bars in it, as well as other information.

HyperX Fury RGB HX436C17FB3AK2/16

The SPD of the module has the usual frequencies and timings according to JEDEC, as well as a couple of XMP profiles — at 3000 MHz with delays like 15-17-17-36 and at 3600 MHz with 17-21-21-39.

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When the system starts, by default, the memory will operate at a frequency of 2400 MHz with timings of 17-17-17-39 and a voltage of 1.2 V, and for it to work with its nominal characteristics, you will have to select the XMP profile at 3600 MHz yourself, well, or configure everything with your own hands.

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Test configuration

The memory was overclocked on an Intel platform with the following configuration:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8600K;
  • motherboard: ASUS Maximus X Apex (UEFI 2203);
  • video card: GeForce GTX 1080;
  • Cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems;
  • drive: Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB;
  • power supply: Seasonic X-650.

Testing was carried out in the Windows 10 x64 environment. To check the stability of the overclocking of the modules, the LinX 0.7.3 program was used for 15 minutes, the amount of memory in which was set at 6144 MB. The computational cores of the processor worked at a frequency of 4000 MHz, the cache — 4000 MHz. The SA and IO voltages were set at 1.25 and 1.225 V, respectively.

For the AMD platform, the system looked like this:

  • processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X;
  • motherboard: ASUS Crosshair VIII Formula (UEFI 2103);
  • video card: GeForce GTX 1080;
  • Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism
  • drive: Kingston SSDNow UV400 480GB;
  • case: Vinga Cobalt;
  • power supply: Chieftec GPS-1250C.

Testing was carried out in the Windows 10 x64 environment. To check the stability of overclocking modules, the LinX 0.7.0 AMD Edition program was used for 15 minutes, the amount of memory in which was set at 6144 MB. The processing cores of the processor worked at the default frequency, the voltage on the SoC was set at 1.1 V. At all frequencies, the memory worked with a Command Rate of 1. At a frequency of 3800 MHz, some parameters were adjusted downward.

Test results

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On the Intel platform with native timings, the memory was able to function without problems at a frequency of 3800 MHz, without even having to raise the supply voltage. The easing of delays with CL18 increased the bar to 4000 MHz, and with CL19 — already up to 4200 MHz. Raising the voltage to 1.4 V made it possible to add another 100 MHz, and delays like 19-24-24-42 from 1.45 V — to get the desired 4500 MHz, which were previously unavailable with memory based on SK Hynix chips. For the nominal frequency, you can adjust the timings downward, but you will have to pay for this with high voltage.

Now let’s take a look at the results from a competing platform.

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To fully unlock the potential of the third generation Ryzen, there are two options — 3800 MHz, if you’re lucky with the processor, and 3733 MHz, if not. In the first case, the delays were of the form 16-20-21-20-38, which is not as beautiful as with Samsung B-die, but you don’t need to raise the supply voltage to almost 1.5 V, although it will still be higher than the nominal . In the second case, the timings were slightly reduced. If there is no desire to increase the voltage, you can limit yourself to frequencies of 3600–3666 MHz, while adjusting some timings. In any case, CAS Latency 14 will not be available.

conclusions

Memory chip developers are systematically transferring their products to new revisions that provide higher operating frequencies during overclocking. Now 4000-5000 MHz is no problem for non-Samsung chips. Such indicators should have a positive impact on the performance of the Intel platform and AMD processors with the Renoir core.

The HyperX Fury RGB HX436C17FB3AK2/16 memory kit showed great potential, comparable to Samsung chip solutions. Of course, the delays are still rather high, but the frequencies of the latest SK Hynix D-die chips, on the basis of which the set in question is based, are much higher than the performance of previous generations. For the current AMD platform, such capabilities are redundant, and new items on Zen 3 are only planned to be released so far — perhaps with them the prospects for high-frequency memory will only increase. Those who are not into overclocking can be satisfied with the default settings, especially since CAS Latency 17 is not the worst option for 3600 MHz, given the large number of competitors with CL18 or even CL19, and those who want to save money can look at HyperX Fury without backlight.

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