Final Thoughts & Conclusion
Well, overall a small timing difference between two similar kits of the same brand (HyperX) doesn’t make a whole lot of difference, so go with the kit that’s priced favorably. If the tighter-timed kit is just a few bucks, more go for it. If the price difference makes you squint and get a headache, get the looser-timed kit. The exception we would make is for Folding at Home or Bitcoin mining, where the faster RAM would give a long term higher payoff.
Both the Kingston HyperX Savage 3000HMz 16GB (15-17-17) and Kingston HyperX Savage 3000HMz 16GB (15-16-16) kits are winners in performance, price and OCing. We wouldn’t kick either kit out of our machine, and combining the two mismatched kits was plug and play, so for around $200 we have 32 GB of Dual-Channel DDR 4. There is no way to see 16GB of Dual Channel DDR4 under $100 and not call it a winner.
We’ve had hands on much tighter timed kits (CL 12) and they had a tendency to be fussy and needed tweaking and lots of time and attention to run. We don’t like fussy equipment, we like rock solid out of the box performance with no tweaking. Then if we want to tweak it’s easier to find a decent OC and we seldom see any errors.
The Kingston HyperX Savage 3000HMz 16GB (15-17-17) gets a hearty recommendation for a high speed, no hassle install and great performance at an industry leading price!