RAM is really one of those things that you shouldn’t have to think about beyond the initial purchase. Ideally, if everything is working correctly, RAM is doing its best when you don’t even have to remember it’s there. This was the passing thought I had as I plugged the two HyperX Fury DDR4 RGB memory kits (32GB total in four 8GB sticks) into my computer.
I was immediately proved wrong when I turned everything on and my case was lit up by some of the brightest RGB cycling I’ve seen.
Brilliantly, everything worked immediately, though with lights like these, I’m not sure it’s even possible to forget I’ve got this RAM installed.
Because I know what’s truly important in life, I immediately downloaded the HyperX Ngenuity software. This is still in beta but allows you to program the LEDs to your liking.
There aren’t as many offerings as some other similar products but still more than enough to play with. You can set things to be monochromatic, rainbows, change the speed, and brightness.
Some of the transitions aren’t as smooth as I’d like as you can see the separate LEDs taking their turns. However, given it’s in my case I didn’t mind. For me, it’s more about the glow and there’s plenty of that.
Once things were pretty enough, I got to testing.
The reality of current general use computing is that 32 total GB of RAM should get you through just about anything. These HyperX Fury DDR4 RGB kits come in the form of two sticks of 8 GB and that’s not really my preference.
Generally, motherboards will only hold 4 sticks, so these two kits will likely eat up all your space. I like to have room for improvement and expansion. It’s hardly a today problem and you can get 16GB sticks.
How the difference between more sticks of RAM at smaller sticks of capacity tends to work is fairly negligible. One can be better than the other depending on whether your motherboard is dual or quad channel but really, the difference doesn’t matter in any tangible form.
So it’s not like there’s any performance issue with this either configuration. It’s just not what I would usually choose to work with, and the back of my mind is constantly aware that there’s no real room to grow without needing all new RAM.
I knew I was unlikely to max out the 32 GB, no matter the configuration. What I was more interested in is how it held up to doing the common tasks that really put things through their paces.
I tested it against results of my old RAM, which, while the same amount and DDR4, is in fewer sticks and at a lower frequency. Frequency is another aspect of RAM that doesn’t necessarily make tangible differences. In fact, a high frequency, while potentially faster, can lead to a few more instabilities so it’s not always the best.
The Gritty Gigs
Potentially because of this, or maybe because of the addition of the RGB lighting, I tended to find that more RAM was always in use for the new HyperX DDR4 memory kit. When idling with the same background apps and processes my old ram would tend to use between 5-7 GB while this RAM always sat closer to the 10 GB mark.
Similarly, when I stretched it through some intense video editing my old RAM was happy to be at about the 18 GB mark for most of it, whereas the HyperX Fury DDR4 RGB was sitting at about 21 GB for the same processes.
This was still present when they both jumped by about 5 GB to complete the render. These videos included far more layers than even the most intense videos I and most people would normally make, just trying to push the RAM.
Never did the HyperX get above about 27 of its total 32 GB during the process.
The practicality of it is the HyperX Fury DDR4 RGB seems to run a little harder than others may do. However, this meant nothing to me as an end user.
It still handled everything and if I wasn’t specifically looking at the numbers I’d never have noticed.
Even when I specifically tried to push it to the absolute limits of what I use my PC for, it held out, didn’t crash, stall, or skip a beat and nearly blinded me in the process.
HyperX Fury DDR4 RGB was reviewed using a product provided to PowerUp! by HyperX.
Product Name: HyperX Fury DDR4 RGB
Product Description: HyperX® FURY DDR4 RGB1 delivers a boost of performance and style with speeds of up to 3466MHz2, aggressive styling, and RGB lighting that runs the length of the module for smooth, stunning lighting effects.