Here's how most memory kits work: You plug them into your system's DIMM slots, fire up your machine, and begin doing whatever it is you use your PC for. There's an optional extra step for power users who might want to jump into the BIOS and tweak the timings or overclock, but otherwise it's the same process. That being the case, what in the world is Kingston getting at with its new 'HyperX Plug and Play' series of high-performance memory?
"The memory is programmed with faster frequencies and when 'plugged' into a system using the Sandy Bridge chipset, will automatically 'play' at either 1600MHz or 1866MHz in both desktop and notebook PCs," Kingston explains.
Kingston says the new modules are programmed using JEDEC-compliant settings and that "it is as simple as plugging in the memory and turning on the machine," meaning you don't have to muck around in the BIOS if you're sporting Intel's Sandy Bridge platform.
"The HyperX engineering team has been thoroughly innovative in designing a memory module that automatically raises performance with no overclocking steps required," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston. "By using JEDEC-compliant settings to create performance timings, enthusiasts can max out native frequencies on current Sandy Bridge systems and older DDR3 machines."
In short, it's a bit of fancy pants marketing for the built-in SPD profiles. The new kits are available in the following capacities: