Kingston HyperX Genesis LoVo 16GB DDR3-1600 CL9 Memory Review



Kingston HyperX LoVo 16GB DDR3L-1600 performance will be tested on our testing rig equipped with Core i5 4670K processor and ASRock Z87M OC Formula motherboard so one of the best setups to test memory at the moment.

CPU has been overclocked to 4.2GHz what is still low clock and easily achieveable for all our readers if anyone wish to compare results with a home PC.

Benchmarks used in the performance stage are showing general memory performance in a single and multi threading environment.


AIDA64 Memory and Cache benchmark

HyperX 1600c9 AIDA64

AIDA64 is showing good overall performance of the Kingston LoVo memory. Test results are better than all other DDR3-1600 kits but also lower than DDR3-1866 memory. Intel Haswell platform simply loves high memory clock and bandwidth tests are always showing much better results at higher memory frequency.



 MaxxMem Preview v1.99

HyperX 1600c9 MM

The same situation we can see in MaxxMem Preview benchmark. Kingston LoVo wins with all other DDR3-1600 kits while DDR3-1866 memory is slightly faster. Main difference we can see in memory copy test.



Cinebench R15

HyperX 1600c9 CineR15

Cinebench R15 is latest version of popular rendering benchmark. In this test we can see more real-world results. Kingston Lovo looks really good in this benchmark achieving highest result in our comparison beating higher clocked Crucial memory.


Kingston LoVo pht10


General performance of Kingston HyperX LoVo in our benchmarks look really good for a DDR3-1600 memory. It’s slower than higher clocked memory kits on a latest Intel platform but in daily usage it shouldn’t cause any issues as we see in the Cinebench R15.

For sure it’s interesting memory especially that it was the only one running at 1.35V in our comparison. Lower voltage, lower temperature and high performance. I think I don’t have to add much more and we can move to the overclocking part of our review.




Overclocking is never guaranteed so the presented results may vary from results on other memory kits. I am not recommending overclocking if you do not know what are you doing. High voltages may damage hardware and it will not be covered by warranty.



DDR3-1866 10-10-10-27 1N 1.50V

First step in overclocking is DDR3-1866 what required slightly higher voltage to run stable. As a result I was able to set stable 933MHz ( DDR3-1866 ) CL10-10-10-27 1.5V. It’s pretty good result cosidering used still low voltage of 1.5V. We can also see performance improvement comparing to DDR3-1600 clock so at least on Intel Haswell platform it can be worth to try.

What is worth to mention, result in AIDA64 at 933MHz is also higher than the Crucial Ballistix Sport XT DDR3-1866 which is also running at CL10-10-10 main timings.


HyperX 1600c9 OC1866



DDR3-2000 11-11-11-27 1N 1.50V

Maximum stable clock achieved on HyperX LoVo DDR3-1600 is 1000MHz CL11 1.5V. Raising voltage above 1.5V didn’t help much and I couldn’t make this memory to run stable at 1066MHz ( DDR3-2133 ) regardless of used memory timings.

Final result isn’t bad but I won’t hide I was expecting some more as most other similar memory kits are overclocking at least up to DDR3-2133 mark.

As expected, performance at 1000MHz ( DDR3-2000 ) CL11 is even higher than DDR3-1866.


HyperX 1600c9 OC2000


Overclocking potential of Kingston HyperX LoVo isn’t bad but is clearly limited and as I already said, I was expecting higher maximum clock. Of course overclocking is never guaranteed so other kit can make higher clock. Considering used Micron IC, it’s for sure possible.

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Bartosz Waluk aka Woomack is from Poland. He's been interested in computer hardware and extreme overclocking for over 15 years. Bartosz has also over 12 years experience in IT what includes sales, technical support and computer building ... but not only. He joined the Funky Kit team in January 2013.