In our reviews, we’ve covered probably every product line from the HyperX brand. However, we didn’t quite get the chance to look at their Predator DDR4 memory series with RGB illumination. So now, it’s time to present you something from the high shelf – the DDR4-4600 memory kit, designed for the most demanding gamers and computer enthusiasts.
The tested memory kit requires specific, high-end motherboards to shine, but of course, we are prepared for that. Besides the usual performance tests, there is something special for overclocking enthusiasts. I won’t tell you everything right now; you have to check our review to find out.
At the start, product features, specifications, and a couple of words from the manufacturer.
HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB
Ultra-fast HyperX Predator DDR4 RGB is the perfect upgrade for the gamer who wants cutting-edge performance and brilliant RGB style in their AMD- or Intel-based system. The dynamic RGB lighting effects utilize HyperX’s patented Infrared Sync technology to provide smooth, synchronized lighting effects. Crank up your frame rate, improve your broadcasts, and make highlight reel clipping a breeze thanks to speeds up to 4600MHz1 paired with quick CL15-CL19 latencies. The aggressive, stylish black heat spreader and matching black PCB will allow you to beat the heat and strike fear into the hearts of your foes. It’s available in single module capacities of 8GB–32GB and kits of 2, 4, and 8 with capacities of 16GB–256GB. Predator DDR4 RGB is Intel XMP certified with profiles optimized for Intel’s latest chipsets – just select the hand-tuned profile in your BIOS and you’re set. 100-percent factory tested at speed and backed by a lifetime warranty and over 30 years of expertise, dependable Predator DDR4 RGB gives you extreme performance, show-stopping looks, and maximum peace of mind.
Dynamic RGB lighting effects
Let your inner light shine and bring your battlestation to life with smooth, stunning, RGB lighting effects
HyperX Infrared Sync Technology
Easily keep your RGB effects synced without the need for additional cables thanks to HyperX’s patented Infrared Sync technology.
Fierce black aluminum heat spreader
The dense black aluminum heat spreader and matching black PCB keeps your rig running and looking cool.
Optimized for Intel with XMP
Intel Extreme Memory Profile technology makes overclocking a breeze. Simply select one of the built-in, hand-tuned profiles in your BIOS to get the benefits of overclocking without having to manually adjust the memory timings yourself.
Ready for AMD Ryzen
Get memory that’s Ready for AMD Ryzen and will seamlessly integrate with your AMD-based system. A reliable, compatible performance boost for your build.
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- Stunning RGB style
- Patented HyperX Infrared Sync technology
- Fierce aluminum heat spreader complements the smooth RGB effects
- High speed, low latency DDR4 performance
- Intel XMP Certified profiles optimized for Intel’s latest chipsets
- Ready for AMD Ryzen
|Singles||8GB, 16GB, 32GB|
|Kits of 2||16GB, 32GB, 64GB|
|Kits of 4||32GB, 64GB, 128GB|
|Kits of 8||256GB|
|Frequencies||2933MHz, 3000MHz, 3200MHz, 3600MHz, 4000MHz, 4266MHz, 4600MHz|
|Latencies||CL15, CL16, CL17, CL18, CL19|
|Voltage||1.35V, 1.4V, 1.5V|
|Operating Temperature||0°C to 70°C|
|Dimensions||133.35mm x 42.2mm x 8mm|
The tested memory kit has two XMP profiles, the same as most HyperX memory kits. If we have any problem running the memory at a higher speed, we can use a lower option. This option is also good for all those who purchased faster memory than their motherboards can handle.
Below are listed SPD and XMP profiles of the HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-4600:
- Default (JEDEC): DDR4-2400 CL17-17-17 @1.2V
- XMP Profile #1: DDR4-4600 CL19-26-26 @1.50V
- XMP Profile #2: DDR4-4000 CL19-23-23 @1.35V
Our memory kit is based on the Hynix DJR series IC. This IC is very popular in the top frequency memory kits, and most new memory kits rated at DDR4-4600+ are using it. If we check the QVL of the latest Intel Z590 motherboards, then we will see that almost only Hynix DJR memory kits are listed at DDR4-4600 or higher speed. HyperX released some new top memory kits with the highest binned IC that can run up to DDR4-5333. I assume they are using the same IC but are well-tested for the higher frequencies. These memory kits are not available in stores yet, while the DDR4-4600 is widely available, and recently its price is going down.
Let’s back to the tested memory kit. Below is a screenshot showing stability at the XMP #1 profile. Since the XMP#2 profile is not much different but the lower frequency, we see no point in running additional stability tests.
The memory kit has fully stable but a bit too relaxed sub-timings. I bet that overclockers will have a lot of fun with this kit as many options can be adjusted and additionally improved. On the other hand, we have to understand that not every motherboard can handle very tight timings while HyperX is designing products for all users, more and less advanced and those with high-end hardware and those with pretty average PC who are searching for a way to improve the performance.
We will take a closer look at the package and the memory kit itself on the next page.
Package and its Contents
HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-4600 memory kit arrived in a refreshed, small box. We won’t find detailed specifications on the package. Still, key features, product numbers, and manufacturer info are available, while everything else we can find on the manufacturer’s website or short user’s manual inside the package.
Inside the package, we will find two 8GB memory modules, a short user’s manual, and a sticker with the HyperX logo. It’s quite typical for HyperX products but also enough for the installation.
The installation is simple, and most uses won’t have any problems with that. Those who aren’t sure how to install the memory should check the user’s manual so they won’t damage anything.
Compared to the standard HyperX Predator memory, the RGB version has a semi-transparent top bar. Everything else is the same, so the same aggressive design and black/dark gray color scheme. It’s still one of my favorite DRAM designs, even though is on the market for a long time.
All RGB enthusiasts may find one feature very important. This feature is infrared lighting synchronization. It doesn’t sound so special till you notice how it works. Most memory modules with RGB illumination have little delays between modules which causes that after some time, effects on all memory modules are different. HyperX technology synchronizes all memory modules for the perfect matching effect. Other memory brands require additional software, but even then, some motherboards have little delays in signals between memory slots. I had no problems like that on most motherboards, but on some specific MSI, it was appearing.
Above, you can see one of the test rigs and some photos of how the memory looks like.
The mentioned RGB lighting can be adjusted via supported motherboard software, and in this case, all counting motherboard brands support HyperX memory kits. Another way is to use NGenuity software, which delivers HyperX and can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.
Let’s move to the next page to check some test results.
Performance has been tested on the latest Intel Rocker Lake-S platform, including the i7-11700K processor and ASRock Z590 Extreme motherboard. Additional overclocking tests were performed on MSI MEG Z590I Unify, which supports higher memory frequency.
Other components are the ASRock RX6800XT Phantom Gaming graphics card, Silicon Power US70 1TB NVMe SSD, AbkonCore 850W Gold 80+ PSU, and Enermax LIQMAX III 360 CPU cooler.
All results were performed on the HyperX Predator RGB 16GB DDR4-4600 memory kit, so this is what you can expect, but of course, overclocking is never guaranteed as it depends on many factors. All these results are based on settings that passed longer stability tests and mixed performance tests.
Let’s begin the tests.
Here we have one of the most interesting AIDA64 in months. Depends on various settings, we can see up to 20GB/s difference in memory bandwidth. The latest Intel processors finally have good enough memory controllers, so purchasing higher frequency RAM is starting to be worth it.
Both XMP profiles are performing well, but we can see how much better are results on XMP #1. We can also see how high is the overclocking headroom on the HyperX Predator.
Since memory latency is affected by both memory timings and frequency, even if we relax timings, the high frequency covers losses. The lower latency on the DDR4-3600 setting is mainly caused by Gear 1 mode, which means that the memory controller runs at a synchronized ratio. The Gear 1, in most cases, works only up to DDR4-3600. To match or exceed this latency at a Gear 2 mode, we have to set a significantly higher memory clock or a balanced higher frequency and low timings.
As usual, rendering benchmarks like the Cinebench series are barely reacting to memory performance. There is a difference in our results that suggests higher performance at a higher memory clock. It’s nothing really significant but still counts.
The most important for most users is a performance in daily usage, which is simulating PCMark 10. This benchmark shows the best results at DDR4-4600 XMP and DDR4-5200 settings.
UL benchmarks like 3DMark Time Spy and Fire Strike series react to memory settings almost the same as PCMark 10. Even though differences are not big, the highest memory frequency shows the best scores.
In the VRMark Orange Room, we can see up to 9FPS between various settings. The XMP #1 is better than other settings in all three tests, beating even the DDR4-5200.
All Final Fantasy XV and Superposition results are surprisingly close at all settings. There was a significant difference on the AMD platform, depending on the memory controller ratio and memory timings. Here all results are so close that it is hard to say which setting is the best clearly.
At a lower display resolution of 1080p, which is still the most popular, new games are already showing up to 11FPS difference. In games at lower display resolution, DDR4-3600 seems to be slightly better than other settings. The XMP #1 is not far behind.
One more HyperX review, and once more, I’m satisfied with the results at XMP settings. More on the XMP #1, but this is the main profile which supposed to be used on the Predator DDR4-4600 RAM. If you don’t have a good enough motherboard to handle DDR4-4600, then I recommend lower frequency HyperX kits optimized to run at lower timings, so they may offer not much worse performance but will probably be cheaper.
Disclaimer: Overclocking is never guaranteed, so that the results may vary depending on certain conditions and various hardware configurations. I am not recommending overclocking if you do not know what you are doing. High voltages may damage hardware, and the warranty will not cover it.
HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-4600 is using Hynix DJR IC. This IC recently made multiple world records in memory frequency. No one says it’s a stable frequency as stability highly depends on the used platform, and even the best memory controllers and motherboards are usually limited to about DDR4-5600. The first motherboard was used for tests, so ASRock Z590 Extreme was limited to about DDR4-5200. This was the highest memory clock at which we could stabilize the Predator RGB RAM. Below is a screenshot from AIDA64, but these settings were used for all other tests at DDR4-5200 in this review.
To make some more is required good memory controller and better motherboard. Once we moved to MSI Z590I Unify, then the memory could boot at a much higher frequency. Even though stability couldn’t be achieved at a much higher clock than for overclocking purposes, it made a huge difference.
Recently HyperX took first place in memory frequency ranking with results at a bit more than DDR4-7000. Considering that these results were made with the help of LN2 cooling, then our result on nothing but standard cooling is amazing. Below is a screenshot with a link to CPU-Z validation of the DDR4-6400 result!
The HyperX Predator lets us set a wide range of frequencies and timings that should satisfy most users. For specific lower frequency and low timings, Samsung-based memory kits seem to be better. Still, the current generation of Intel processors shows higher performance at high memory frequency, so this is what can be a better option for both gaming and overclocking.
Conclusion and Verdict
The Predator RGB DDR4-4600 is another great memory kit from HyperX. It’s not a product for everyone, but those who are searching for a high-frequency memory kit will be for sure satisfied.
The Predator RGB delivers a mix of high performance, high stability, and amazing RGB illumination with full synchronization. This is everything that gamers and computer enthusiasts are searching for.
The only downside is the price. The same as all higher frequency memory kits, also Predator RGB isn’t cheap. Its price is around €370 on Amazon DE. I assume you can find it cheaper, but a lower frequency but higher capacity RAM at the same price will be a better option for some users. On the other hand, no one said that these top-speed memory kits are for everyone. The Predator RGB is still cheaper than most competitive memory kits at this speed, and those who are searching for a RAM like this have a specific usage on their mind.
A lifetime warranty and free support cover all HyperX memory kits. I don’t remember any issue with the HyperX memory kit what also proves their high quality.
- High performance
- High compatibility
- High quality
- Infrared RGB synchronization
- Unique design
- Amazing overclocking potential