The HyperX Predator RGB is the first RGB kit from HyperX and they have done a lot right with this kit. It is one of the most attractive kits we’ve seen from HyperX. The redesigned heatspreader is pretty awesome and the RGB lighting looks great. On top of that you have the IR channels built into each module which keep the effects you choose “in sync”. Modules getting out of sync is something we saw on many first generation RGB modules that were released last year.
This kit performs quite well too, its XMP profile puts it at 2933 MHz with timings of 15-17-17-39 at 1.35V. This speed is great, but you can really push these modules even further. We were able to get them up to 3466 MHz at the exact same timings of 15-17-17-39 at 1.35V! That is a 533 MHz overclock without changing any timings or voltage! Very impressive!
Now we did run into one issue with these modules and that is that we couldn’t get ASUS Aura Sync to detect them. Looking at some other reviews online people had no issues getting ASUS Aura Sync and Gigabyte RGB Fusion to detect these modules. We troubleshooted for over 3 hours trying to get Aura Sync to detect them, but the software just wouldn’t. Obviously this was very frustrating, and would be for a consumer as well.
HyperX is relying on motherboard software to enable control over the RGB effects on this memory. While I think all RGB memory should be compatible with motherboard RGB software, it should not rely on it. According to the HyperX website this memory only supports ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, and MSI Mystic light. That does leave out EVGA, Biostar, and NZXT, so if you have a motherboard made be one of those you won’t be able to control the LEDs on this memory. This is why I think all RGB memory should have its own software. This way if for some reason your motherboard software does not detect it (in our case) or you are using a less-known motherboard you can still control the RGBs on the memory.
With all of that said this is a great kit to have and its performance and overclocking headroom are quite impressive. The HX429C15PB3AK2/16 kit which we reviewed today sells for $245.02 at our favorite online retailer. Overall ThinkComputers gives the HyperX Predator RGB DDR4-2933 16GB Memory Kit an 8 out of 10 score.
– New updated heatspreader looks great
– Lifetime warranty
– RGB lightbar does not have any “empty” spots
– IR channels ensure memory does not go out of sync
– Lots of overclocking headroom
– Not detected by ASUS Aura Sync
– No dedicated software